OUR MEMORIES
HORSES OF THE YEAR


INTRODUCTION

“Horse of the Year” is the most prestigious honor in Thoroughbred horse racing given by racing organizations, press and media in various countries around the world.

The tradition might be counted before 1971,professionalization of Hong Kong Racing.

 

Official name of H.O.Y. was given by The Assoication of Hong Kong Racing Journalists after voting and sponsored by Marlboro from 1977, it was also known as “Marlboro – Horse of the Year”

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Since 1999, the voting for Horse of the Year has been organized by the Hong Kong Jockey Club as part of its annual Champion Awards.
The Judging Panel is made up of six members of The Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Association of Hong Kong Racing Journalists; each side has three representatives.

 

The HKJC votes are made by:

  • The Chief Executive Officer, Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges
  • Executive Director of Racing, Mr William A Nader
  • Head of Handicapping and Race Planning, Mr Nigel C Gray
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    The other three members, whose opinions reflect the results of voting made by AHKRJ members, are comprised of:

  • Chairman Mr Tsui Wai Man
  • Vice Chairman Mr Carlos Wu
  • Committee Member Mr Andy Tsui
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    Other awards, which will be announced at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Champion Awards ceremony, include the following:

     

    Champion Awards:

  • The Most Popular Horse of the Year
  • The Most Popular Jockey of the Year
  • The Most Admired Overseas Horse of the Year
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    In addition, the trainer, jockey, and apprentice jockey with the highest number of wins in the season will be crowned the Champion Trainer, Champion Jockey, and Champion Apprentice respectively.

     

     

     

    RECORDS

    Selection Principles and Methods:

     

    To be nominated as ‘Horse of the Year’, a thoroughbred must be:

     

    1. Be in the top class category

     

    2. Be of the best quality

     

    3. Hold a good track record

     

    4. Have proven outstanding in racing performance during that racing season

     

     

     

    HIGHLIGHTS

     

    From 1973-2011 HORSES OF THE YEAR:

     

  • 1972-1973 : FANTAN – (John Brown) [un-official Circulation]
  • 1973-1974 : MONEY TALKS – (M K Tam) [un-official Circulation]
  • 1974-1975 : SUPER WIN – (George Moore) [un-official Circulation]
  • 1975-1976 : SUPER WIN – (George Moore) [un-official Circulation]
  • 1976-1977 : SUPER WIN – (George Moore) [un-official Circulation]
  • 1977-1978 : SILVER LINING – (Ng Chi Lam)
  • 1978-1979 : SILVER LINING – (George Moore)
  • 1979-1980 : TOP GAIN – (M K Tam)
  • 1980-1981 : SILVER LINING – (George Moore)
  • 1981-1982 : FOOTBALL – (T C Cheng)
  • 1982-1983 : CO-TACK – (Wong Tang Ping)
  • 1983-1984 : CO-TACK – (Wong Tang Ping)
  • 1984-1985 : MYSTIC – (Ng P K)
  • 1985-1986 : YUNO WHEN – (Brian Kan)
  • 1986-1987 : FLYING DANCER – (Brian Kan)
  • 1987-1988 : TOP GRADE – (Eddie Lo)
  • 1988-1989 : QUICKEN AWAY – (Ng P K)
  • 1989-1990 : QUICKEN AWAY – (Ng P K)
  • 1990-1991 : RIVER VERDON – (David Hill)
  • 1991-1992 : RIVER VERDON – (David Hill)
  • 1992-1993 : HELENE STAR – (P L Biancone)
  • 1993-1994 : RIVER VERDON – (David Hill)
  • 1994-1995 : MAKARPURA STAR – (John Moore)
  • 1995-1996 : MR VITALITY – (Ivan Allan)
  • 1996-1997 : PRIVILEGE – (Ivan Allan)
  • 1997-1998 : ORIENTAL EXPRESS – (Ivan Allan)
  • 1998-1999 : INDIGENOUS – (Ivan Allan)
  • 1999-2000 : FAIRY KING PRAWN – (Ivan Allan)
  • 2000-2001 : FAIRY KING PRAWN – (Ivan Allan)
  • 2001-2002 : ELECTRONIC UNICORN – (John Size)
  • 2002-2003 : GRAND DELIGHT – (John Size)
  • 2003-2004 : SILENT WITNESS – (A S Cruz)
  • 2004-2005 : SILENT WITNESS – (A S Cruz)
  • 2005-2006 : BULLISH LUCK – (A S Cruz)
  • 2006-2007 : VENGEANCE OF RAIN – (David Ferraris)
  • 2007-2008 : GOOD BA BA – ( Andreas Schutz)
  • 2008-2009 : VIVA PATACA – (John Moore)
  • 2009-2010 : SACRED KINGDOM – (P F Yiu)
  • 2010-2011 : AMBITIOUS DRAGON – (Tony Millard)
  • 2011-2012 : AMBITIOUS DRAGON – (Tony Millard)
  • 2012-2013 : MILITARY ATTACK – (John Moore)
  • 2013-2014 : DESIGNS ON ROME – (John Moore)
  • 2014-2015 : ABLE FRIEND – (John Moore)
  • 2014-2015 : WERTHER – (John Moore)
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    REFERENCE

     

    # Horse of the Year Season 1st Season 2nd Season 3rd Season Unplaced Wins in a roll Total Wins
    1 SILVER LINING 15
    2 SILVER LINING 15
    3 TOP GAIN 2 1 1 2
    4 SILVER LINING 4 2 0 0 15
    5 FOOTBALL 2 0 1 2 2 7
    6 CO-TACK 5 0 0 0 10 12
    7 CO-TACK 5 1 0 2 10 12
    8 MYSTIC 4 1 1 2 2 6
    9 YUNO WHEN 5 2 0 0 4 7
    10 FLYING DANCER 2 1 1 4 2 5
    11 TOP GRADE 4 1 1 3 2 8
    12 QUICKEN AWAY 3 2 0 0 3 11
    13 QUICKEN AWAY 4 2 0 3 3 11
    14 RIVER VERDON 6 0 0 0 6 16
    15 RIVER VERDON 4 2 1 0 6 16
    16 HELENE STAR 5 2 1 0 5 8
    17 RIVER VERDON 3 1 0 3 6 16
    18 MAKARPURA STAR 4 1 1 2 2 6
    19 MR VITALITY 5 0 0 2 6 10
    20 PRIVILEGE 2 3 3 2 2 10
    21 ORIENTAL EXPRESS 2 4 0 2 2 7
    22 INDIGENOUS 4 2 0 2 4 12
    23 FAIRY KING PRAWN 2 4 0 1 2 12
    24 FAIRY KING PRAWN 4 3 0 2 2 12
    25 ELECTRONIC UNICORN 3 1 0 1 3 11
    26 GRAND DELIGHT 6 1 3 1 4 6
    27 SILENT WITNESS 6 0 0 0 17 18
    28 SILENT WITNESS 6 1 1 0 17 18
    29 BULLISH LUCK 2 2 0 5 2 10
    30 VENGEANCE OF RAIN 2 2 1 3 5 9
    31 GOOD BA BA 5 1 0 1 5 16
    32 VIVA PATACA 4 1 2 1 3 13
    33 SACRED KINGDOM 3 1 0 0 5 17
    34 AMBITIOUS DRAGON 7 0 0 1 6 13
    35 AMBITIOUS DRAGON 3 2 0 3 6 13
    36 MILITARY ATTACK 5 0 0 5 4 7
    37 DESIGNS ON ROME 4 1 0 2 3 5
    38 ABLE FRIEND 6 0 0 1 6 11
    39 WERTHER 3 2 1 0 2 3

     

    SUMMARY

     

    TETOY, KATHERINE, BENGAL, LIBERTY BAY, SILKYLIGHT, NORSEE QUEEN, FIREFLY, SKYMASTER, LIAR DICE should also be heard of as Horses of the Year in Hong Kong.
    Some of them are even Horses of the Year in China.
    Some of them are even Horses of the Year as Horse-Queens instead of Horse-Kings in the cultural sense of Chinese.
    Some of them are even Horses winning the Derby, the Champions, and/or some of the prominent Classic or Stakes races.

     

     

     

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