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Oh Susanna Chases Equus Horse Of The Year Title
Not since the mighty Igugu during the 2010/2011 racing season has an Australian-bred won South Africa’s time honoured Equus Horse of the Year award, but tonight the Drakenstein Stud-bred and raced Oh Susanna looks to have the title at her mercy. Recently crowned the Horse of the Year at the Cape Breeding Awards, the Snaith Racing-trained mare won three Gr1 races during her 3YO season; the Paddock Stakes and Sun Met during the Cape Summer season and the Woolavington 2000 during the Durban season, clearly highlighting herself as the best of her generation. Foaled at Coolmore Stud in Australia, the daughter of Darley’s Champion Sire Street Cry (IRE) is also nominated in the categories of Champion Middle Distance and Champion 3YO Filly. Oh Susanna is not the only Australian-bred in contention for an award during the glittering black tie function at the Emperor’s Palace on Tuesday evening, with the Shadwell Stud bred and raced Soqrat one of two runners nominees for the Champion 2YO Colt/Gelding award. Beaten only once from four starts, Mick de Kock’s last start Gr1 Premiers Champion Stakes (1600m) winner is the first elite level winner for Darley’s Gr1 Golden Rose winner Epaulette (Commands).