SW horses in line for honours
South West pacers and trainers could have a major say at the 2019 Western Australian Harness Horse of the Year awards, which will be held on October 20 in Perth.
Leading the way will be gifted South West-based trainer Justin Prentice, who has seven runners up for nomination.
One of those will be his 2019 WA Pacing Cup winner Rocknroll Lincoln, who has been nominated for Open Horse of the Year.
When you look back at the five-year-old’s breathtaking 2018-19 season, it is not hard to realise why he is a chance to win the coveted title.
Entering the campaign with nine wins from 34 starts, Prentice backed him in and it paid off, with Rocknroll Lincoln winning six of his 12 races, along with three additional placed finishes.
The victory which stands above all though was his WA Pacing Cup victory, where Gary Hall Jnr piloted him home to victory by 1.3m over El Jacko in a star-studded field.
After the win, Prentice elected to run him in both the Governors and Pinjarra cups, in which he finished first and second respectively.
But there are also several other quality pacers nominated worthy of the award, including Capel-based Andrew De Campo’s five-year-old Handsandwheels.
A consistent performer, Handsandwheels won or placed in 14 of his 24 starts last season, including victories in the RWWA Cup MS Pace and the Direct Trades Supply - We’ve Got Shedloads 4YO and 5YO Championship MS Pace (2130m).
De Campo’s pacer also has an uncanny ability to hold the lead in the closing stages, with a number of his recent victories by a head or less.
Other nominations are Ana Malak, Chicago Bull, El Jacko, Galactic Star, Mighty Conqueror and Vultan Tin.
In the 2YO Colt or Gelding of the Year category, Prentice has three horses – Major Martini, Manning and Aristocratic Star – dominating the field of four.
Few could forget Manning’s start to his career, when he showed plenty of heart in defeating Team Mascot by 1.5m at Gloucester Park on February 26, before easily claiming the $100,000 Group 1 2YO TabTouch Pearl Classic Final (2130m) in June.
The function starts at 1pm.
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