The Awards That Weren’t

1 Aug 1987
1987 Gr1 SA Nursery Futurity Plate - IMPERIAL SILVER - lead in

With the devastating outbreak of the equi II virus paralysing racing in most centres in the early part of 1987, the national awards organisers took the, possibly premature, step of announcing that no awards would be handed out for the 1986/87 season. Fortunately, not everyone thought that the year should be written off and with exceptionally consistent performances turned in by many horses, owners, trainers and jockeys, both the South African Racehorse and Winner’s Circle published their own honours roll for the season.

Awards for Excellence

1 Aug 1986
1986 Gr1 Gold Cup - OCCULT - Terrence Millard

The 1985/86 National Racing Awards dinner was held at the Maharani Hotel in Durban. Enchanted Garden was voted Horse of the Year as well as Champion Three-Year-Old Filly. Her trainer, Terrance Millard received the honours for Outstanding Trainer as well as Outstanding Racing Personality and her regular jockey, Felix Coetzee, was voted Outstanding Jockey for the season. The award for Outstanding Breeder for the season went to Graham Beck. The full honour roll for the season is listed below.