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.
- TRENT STEELE
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