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Posted 2023-05-21 07:25:26  
Puerto Manzano Captures Highveld Horse of the Season

Dual Grade 1 winner and winner of the two major races in the Highveld, the Betway Summer Cup and the Premier's Champions Challenge, Puerto Manzano was deservedly named Horse of the Season at the 2023 Highveld Feature Season Awards on Saturday. 

Onwed by the Highveld big investor Laurence Wernars, the Stat Argentine import brought home three Awards in total. 

Other highlights of the show included four Awards going to Sean Tarry including Trainer of the year. 

All winners were also winners of 'The Championships' races during the season. The newly minted 5 raceday package crowned Joburg Champions. 

The list of winners are:

Champion 2-year-old filly: Mrs Geriatrix
Owner: Magical Lady Syndicate (Nom: Natalie Turner)
Trainer: Sean Tarry
Breeder: Clifton Stud

Champion 2-year-old colt/gelding: Lucky Lad
Owner: Mr AR & Mrs ABL Beck
Trainer: Sean Tarry
Breeder: Varsfontein Stud

Champion 3-year-old-filly: Bless My Stars
Owner: Kestorm Investments (Nom: Kenneth Pillay)
Trainer: Sean Tarry
Breeder: Varsfontein Stud

Champion 3-year-old-colt/gelding: Anfields Rocket
Owner: Hollywood Syndicate (Nom: Mr A Delpech)
Trainer: Grant Maroun
Breeder: Klawervlei Stud

Champion Older Horse: Puerto Manzano (ARG)
Owner: Messrs JF & LMF Wernars & Mrs TJ Wernars
Trainer: Johan Janse van Vuuren
Breeder: Haras Carampangue

Champion Older Filly/Mare: Desert Miracle
Owners: Wilgerbosdrift (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Mrs M Slack)
Trainer: Mike de Kock
Breeder: Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein

Champion Sprinter: Isivunguvungu
Owner: Hollywood Syndicate (Nom: Mr A Delpech)
Trainer: Peter Muscutt
Breeder: Narrow Creek Stud

Champion Middle Distance Horse: Puerto Manzano (ARG)
Owner: Messrs JF & LMF Wernars & Mrs TJ Wernars
Trainer: Johan Janse van Vuuren
Breeder: Haras Carampangue

Champion Stayer: Son Of Raj
Owner: Mr Steven Chetty
Trainer: Weiho Marwing
Breeder: Mr Steven Chetty

Work Rider of the Season: Sam Mosia

Champion Apprentice Jockey: Philasande Mxoli

Champion Breeder: Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein

Champion Jockey: Richard Fourie

Champion Trainer: Sean Tarry

Champion Owner: Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs GA Rupert)

Horse of the Season: Puerto Manzano (ARG) 

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