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Bonneval Named NZ HOTY

Monday, 11th September 2017

Top-class New Zealand mare Bonneval has dominated the 2017 New Zealand Thoroughbred Horse of the Year Awards in Auckland overnight, reports NZ Racing Desk. Bonneval’s connections spent much of the night on stage as the dual Oaks winner was voted Horse of the Year, Three-Year-Old of the Year and Stayer of the Year. Her owners were also presented with the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year trophy. In addition, Bonneval’s trainers, Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, gained all bar one of the 57 votes cast for Trainer of the Year and Bonneval’s dam, Imposingly, was named Broodmare of the Year. Bonneval is the first three-year-old filly to be named Horse of the Year since Sunline in 1999. She is also the fourth successive Horse of the Year winner to be trained by Baker and Forsman, following Dundeel (2014) and Mongolian Khan (2015 & 2016). Voting for Horse of the Year turned into a three-way battle, with Bonneval receiving 27 votes to comfortably defeat Gingernuts by 12 votes. Kawi, the Middle Distance Horse of the Year, gained 10 votes with three for another three-year-old in Jon Snow. Click here to view all the category winners.


Bonneval winning the Australian Oaks (image: Steve Hart)
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