Horseracing Excellence Awards Voting Open to Public
March 07, 2017 05:32am

Members of the public are being invited to vote for their favourite racing ‘moment’ in the People’s Choice category of the inaugural His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Horseracing Excellence Awards. 

The annual Awards will recognize the best performances throughout the year from the horses, jockeys, owners and trainers who took part in Dubai World Cup day 2016 and they will be honoured at the Dubai World Cup Welcome Reception on Thursday March 23, 2017

The exciting People’s Choice Award recognizes the most compelling ‘moment’ in racing to have taken place between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016, in any country represented by a runner in the 2016 Dubai World Cup. 

Racing fans are encouraged to visit the official website to cast their vote on the shortlisted ‘moments’:

How to vote for the People’s Choice Award: Voting for the People’s Choice Award is open to the public. In order to ensure that each person casts only one vote, voting has been aligned with Facebook. Once you click on your choice for the award, you will be asked to login to your Facebook account, following which your vote will be registered.

We guarantee that the privacy of each voter will be protected and nothing will be posted on behalf of the user on their Facebook page.

The moments

Yoshito Yahagi’s inspiring success story in Japan: Yoshito Yahagi, the trainer of Real Steel, winner of last year's Group 1 Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World, became Japan's leading trainer for 2016 despite spending most of the year battling prostate cancer. He is healthy now and will bring Real Steel back to Dubai to defend his title in the US$6m turf race on Dubai World Cup day. If Reel Steal achieves this feat he will become the first horse to win two Dubai Turf titles. 

Harbour Law winning British Classic the 2016 St Leger at Doncaster Racecourse, England: The moment was particularly special to see the delighted reaction of trainer, Laura Mongan. Twenty horse trainer, Mongan, who is based in Epsom proved that with the right horse, winning a Classic does not have to be confined to the powerhouse stables of the likes of Aidan O’Brien, John Gosden and Sir Michael Stoute. It was also a first Classic for jockey George Baker, a hugely admired and well-liked member of the weighing room. 

Female jockey rewrites record books in Hong Kong: Apprentice rider, Kei Chiong Ka-kei set the standard for female jockeys across the world by winning an unprecedented four races in one day in arguably the world's toughest riding environment – Hong Kong, only narrowly missing her fifth win. This is the first time a female jockey, let alone an apprentice has landed a four-timer at a Hong Kong race meeting. 

Victor Espinoza’s display of horsemanship, 2016 Dubai World Cup, UAE: Jockey Victor Espinoza suffered a mishap during the running of the 2016 Dubai World Cup when his saddle slipped so far back that any sudden movement or shift in weight could have caused the saddle to tilt to the side and landed Espinoza in the dirt. Yet calling on his years of experience the jockey remained finely balanced aboard California Chrome to land the US $10 million race despite adverse and potentially dangerous circumstances.

Cast your vote here.

Source: Dubai Racing Club


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