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Shagny Lover - Horse of the Year
Article reproduced from "The Northern Daily Leader", Thursday August 19th 2004:
Shagny Lover Horse of Year
Turf By Geoff Newling
MUSWELLBROOK galloper Shagny Lover has beaten a talented group of gallopers to win the Hunter and North West Racing Association’s Horse of the Year.
The Mack Griffith-trained gelding won the region’s main racing award from a strong field including Grafton Guineas winner Beat That, Sydney sprinting winner Canadoo, Scone sprinting star Sir Canny, Armidale Cup winner Tara Express, Newcastle country Cup winner Bold Flush and Gainsborough Stud 3 YO winner Stay Seated.
Shagny Lover wasn’t a unanimous choice by the 10 HNWRA chairmen Terry Burke said.
“It wasn’t a unanimous decision,” Burke said.
“We had some every good horses to select from and it was fairly close between them.”
Shagny Lover had 18 starts last season, wining five and placing three times.
He won at Dubbo, Rosehill, Gosford, the Gilgandra Cup and the PJ Bell Country Championship at Randwick.
He was second in the Scone Cup as well as running in the Taree Cup (5th), Cessnock Cup (9th) and Gosford Country Cup (4th).
He earned $74,450 in prize money during the season.
Trainer Mack Griffith was delighted with the Horse of the Year title.
“He deserved it,” Griffith said.
“He’s done well and was a bit unlucky if a few too.”
Griffith is no stranger to the Horse of the Year.
He trained a previous winner, Bozeman, and thought Dancing Sun was unlucky not to win it on year while Mack “N Me went close another year.
Shagny Lover was set a mighty tough task by Jockey Chris Munce to win in Sydney last Saturday yet still managed to finish third and will now probably head to the Magic Mile at Wyong on Wyong Cup day.
“Then we might head to the Ballina Cup and the Dubbo Cup,” he said,
Mack “N Me won a Ballina Cup when it was over 2000m but now back to 1600m is right in Shagny Lover’s firing line.
He’s a very good miler, if there’s pace on he can find the Line.”
The HNWRA Horse of the Year title will be presented at Monday’s Tamworth TAB meeting.