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Victorian breeders strong in Australian Horse of the Year awards

Gilgai Farm bred Champion Jameka wins the Group 1 BMW at Rosehill

The Victorian breeding industry recorded some sensational results at the Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards held in Brisbane on Sunday evening.

The Gilgai Farm bred Jameka (Myboycharlie) was awarded Champion Stayer of the Year for the 2016/2017 racing season. Meanwhile Flying Artie (Artie Schiller), bred by long-time Victorian breeder John Shannon, took out the Champion 3YO Colt or Gelding category.

In addition to those wins, two Victorian sires had progeny awarded Champion status. Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign, a daughter of Manhattan Rain, was awarded Champion 2YO while All American’s daughter Yankee Rose was named Champion 3YO filly.

Jameka’s Champion award came in a year she collected the coveted Caulfield Cup as well as the Group 1 BMW at Rosehill. Gilgai bred horses, Black Caviar and All Too Hard, had previously been awarded Racehorse of the Year titles.

Flying Artie, who has been retired to stud duties, was the winner of the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. His dam Flying Ruby was covered in 2012 out of Emirates Park’s former Victorian base at Diggers Rest managed by industry stalwart Mike Becker.

3YO Champion Flying Artie wins the Coolmore Stakes at Flemington (Racing Photos)

Yankee Rose’s award was cause for celebration for Seymour’s Chatswood Park who took management of All American this breeding season. While the mare was recently retired, the sire has plenty of other talented types around Australia as well as Hong Kong.

For Blue Gum Farm, now home to Manhattan Rain, She Will Reign’s win could be the start of a huge week. She is favourite going into the $10 million Everest this Saturday. A win would rocket her sire to the top of Australia’s Sires premiership.

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