Queen Claims Owner of the Year Award
After becoming the first reigning monarch to win the Gold Cup in its 207 year history, the Queen has claimed the Owner of the Year award at the Racehorse Owners Association’s 32nd annual awards event in London last night.
Estimate, the filly at the centre of the Royal Ascot victory in June also claimed an award on the night, taking out the outstanding stayer category as a result of that memorable run.
Further to the outstanding victory in the royal meeting in June, the ROA outlined the award was secured by the Queen on account of over 60 years commitment and contribution to the racing industry.
While not in attendance, the Queen’s award was collected by royal racing manager John Warren, while trainer Sir Michael Stoute was one hand to collect the outstanding stayer’s award won by Estimate.
President of the ROA Rachel Hood said “British racing has been incredibly fortunate to benefit from Her Majesty The Queen’s lifelong support and the remarkable success of Estimate in the Ascot Gold Cup was a very special occasion for the entire sport.”
“On behalf of all racehorse owners, the Racehorse Owners Association is honoured and delighted to present the 2013 racehorse owner of the year to the Queen.”
Caroline Mould-owned superstar jumper Sprinter Sacre, who is still unbeaten, was also revered at the event, named ROA’S horse of the year as well as outstanding chaser.
In an impressive season, Sprinter Sacre claimed victories at each of the big three spring meetings; the Cheltenham Festival, Grand National meeting at Aintree and Punchestown festival.
The only other owner to receive two awards at the event was Sheikh Joaan Al Thani; for Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe victor Treve, who claimed outstanding middle-distance horse and outstanding filly and mare.
Capping off a truly memorable 2013 season, the Racehorse Owners Association awards has fast become a major and coveted event.