Freakish pacer claims top Kiwi honours

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    LAZARUS' happy connections - Photo HRNZ

    IN WHAT was an obvious choice, freakish pacer Lazarus has been named New Zealand’s Harness Horse of the Year tonight.

    The New Zealand Trotting Cup champion was a resounding winner of the major award of the season, on an evening where he and his stablemates dominated the various categories.

    As has been the case in recent years, co-trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen captured a host of awards, with this year’s team collecting nine titles.

    Along with the main crown, Lazarus was named Pacer of the Year and Four-Year-Old Entire or Gelding of the Year.

    Lazarus had 15 starts on both sides of the Tasman, for 12 wins, three placings and $1,281,798 in stakes.

    His triumphs also include Group Ones Victoria Cup, New Zealand Free-For-All, Chariots Of Fire, Four-Year-Old Bonanza, Taylor Mile and Messenger Championship.

    The Purdon/Rasmussen partnership’s winners include Elle Mac, Spanish Armada, Spankem, Ultimate Machete, Dream About Me, Smolda and Lazarus.

    Another high-powered couple – Greg and Nina Hope – also secured multiple awards, including Trotter of the Year with Monbet.

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    AWARD WINNERS

    2YO Trotting Filly of the Year – Aoraki

    2YO Trotting Colt or Gelding of the Year – Paramount King

    2YO Pacing Filly of the Year – Elle Mac

    2YO Pacing Colt or Gelding of the Year – Spankem

    3YO Trotting Filly of the Year – Chevron Express

    3YO Pacing Filly of the Year – Spanish Armada

    3YO Trotting Colt or Gelding of the Year – Enghien

    3YO Pacing Colt or Gelding of the Year – Ultimate Machete

    4YO Trotting Mare of the Year – Wilma’s Mate

    4YO Pacing Mare of the Year – Dream About Me

    4YO Trotting Entire or Gelding of the Year – Temporale

    4YO Pacing Entire or Gelding of the Year – Lazarus

    5YO & Older Trotting Mare of the Year – Sunny Ruby

    5YO & Older Pacing Mare of the Year – The Orange Agent

    5YO & Older Trotting Entire or Gelding of the Year – Monbet

    5YO & Older Pacing Entire or Gelding of the Year – Smolda

    Trotting Broodmare of the Year – Another Starlet

    Pacing Broodmare of the Year – Bethany

    Breeder of the Year – Brian West

    Trotting Stallion of the Year – Love You

    Pacing Stallion of the Year – Bettor’s Delight

    Owners of the Year – Philip & Glenys Kennard

    Leading Junior Driver – Rory McIlwrick

    Leading Driver – Dexter Dunn

    Leading Trainers – Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen

    Cadet of the Year – Kieran McNaught

    Outstanding Contribution – Bev and Phil Williamson

    Pacer of the Year – Lazarus

    Trotter of the Year – Monbet

    Horse of the Year – Lazarus

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