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Yankee Rose wins 2017 Queensland Horse of the Year Award
10 Sep 2017 | Racing Queensland 

Group 1 winner and Cox Plate place-getter Yankee Rose claimed the coveted 2017 UBET Queensland Horse of the Year title in Brisbane on Saturday night.

The Sunshine Coast-based filly was adjudged Queensland’s best for the 2016/17 season by an experienced panel of media and racing experts, holding off Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Houtzen by one vote.

Yankee Rose broke through for her maiden Group 1 victory in last year’s Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), before going on to finish behind Winx and Hartnell in the Cox Plate (2040m), providing a great thrill for her large syndicate of owners.

Queenslanders welcomed the 2016 Golden Slipper runner-up with open arms, after former Sydney trainer David Vandyke relocated his stables to Caloundra early last year.

“It’s just amazing because I’m new to Queensland, she’s new to Queensland and to receive such a distinguished award on the back of the great Buffering last year helps me realise this is home and I’m not going anywhere,” he said.

“For her to be heralded as the best horse in the state is an incredible honour.”

Yankee Rose also claimed the Queensland 3YO Horse of the Year award but Houtzen’s connections didn’t go home empty-handed, with the Toby Edmonds-trained filly taking out the 2YO Horse of the Year award.

Brisbane Summer Sprint Triple Crown winner Most Important claimed the 4YO and Older Horse of the Year award, with Paradis Imperial recognised for being the leading QTIS Horse of the Year for most bonus prize money earned.

The Krystle Johnston-trained Craiglea Deken won Provincial Premiership Horse of the Year, while Bevan Johnston’s Fab’s Cowboy earned the Country Premiership Horse of the Year title.

The 2017 Queensland Stallion of the Year went to Glenlogan Park’s Rothesay, with an impressive 71 winners from 158 horses to start. Broodmare Mrs Windsor – the dam of 2017 Queensland Oaks winner Egg Tart – claimed the Broodmare of the Year award.

Sidereus won the 2017 Champion 2YO Sire award, with Golden Archer claiming the Champion First Season Stallion title.

Award winners

UBET Horse of the Year – Yankee Rose

Grandview Stud 2YO Horse – Houtzen

Queensland Racehorse Owners Association 3YO Horse – Yankee Rose

Stanley River Thoroughbreds 4YO and Older Horse – Most Important

Eureka Stud QTIS Horse of the Year – Paradis Imperial

Racing Queensland Provincial Premiership Horse – Craiglea Deken

Commotion Country Premiership Horse – Fab’s Cowboy

Lloyd, Gollan and Brooker take silverware after stellar seasons

Champion rider Jeff Lloyd, dominant trainer Tony Gollan and up-and-coming rider Tiffani Brooker scooped the major awards at the 2017 UBET Queensland Thoroughbred Awards in Brisbane on Saturday night.

Lloyd, 56, was all-conquering in the 2016/17 season and broke Chris Munce’s 2011/12 state record en-route to winning his second-consecutive Queensland Jockey of the Year title.

Among his 181 wins was the Magic Millions 2YO Classic aboard Houtzen, the G2 Victory Stakes aboard Music Magnate, and three legs of the Summer Crowns Series with outstanding colt, Winning Rupert.

“It was a great year and I think winning the Magic Millions was the highlight,” Lloyd said.

Gollan, 38, picked up his fourth Queensland Trainer of the Year title in as many years, after winning his fourth-consecutive Brisbane Metropolitan Trainers’ premiership (77 winners).

He would train 100 winners for the season across the state, finishing second to Toowoomba’s Ben Currie (103 winners) in the Queensland Trainers’ Premiership.

“It wasn’t the smoothest year we’ve had with a few ups and downs but we got there in the end. Jeff and (trainer) Toby Edmonds made it hard at some stages but we’ll see if we can get (the award) again,” Gollan said.

Sunshine Coast-based apprentice Tiffani Brooker took the Ken Russell Queensland Apprentice of the Year and Metropolitan Apprentice of the Year awards, after becoming the first female apprentice to ride 50 metropolitan winners in a season.

It was an all-female trifecta in the 2016/17 Metropolitan Apprentices’ title, with Brooker holding off Lani Fancourt and Rebecca Williams to claim the premiership.

“I know that I rode the winners but I have a great boss, a great manager, a really good mentor, really good friends and good jockeys who help me day in and day out,” she said.

Earlier, Dakota Graham won both the Country Premiership Jockey and Country Apprentice of the Year award, after a stellar debut season.

Daniel Griffin added to his swag of Queensland Provincial Jockey of the Year awards, while Zoe White earned the Provincial Apprentice of the Year award and the Race Zone Medal for most winners in a month (19 winners in November, 2016).

Bevan Johnson, Ben Currie and Gollan were awarded for winning the Country, Provincial and Metropolitan premierships respectively.


Magic Millions Queensland Trainer of the Year – Tony Gollan

Garrards Horse and Hound Queensland Jockey of the Year – Jeff Lloyd

Sky Racing Ken Russell Apprentice of the Year – Tiffani Brooker

Queensland Jockey Association Country Apprentice of the Year – Dakota Graham

RadioTAB Provincial Apprentice of the Year – Zoe White

Ladies In Racing Metropolitan Apprentice of the Year – Tiffani Brooker

Race Zone Medal (Most wins by an apprentice in a month) – Zoe White (19)

Racing Queensland Rookie of the Year – Corey Bayliss

The Courier-Mail Country Premiership Jockey – Dakota Graham

We’re Racing Everywhere Country Premiership Trainer – Bevan Johnson

Ipswich Turf Club Provincial Jockey – Dan Griffin

International Animal Health Products Provincial Premiership Trainer – Ben Currie

Fitton Insurance Brokers Metropolitan Premiership Jockey – Jeff Lloyd

QRIC Stewards Award – Jim Byrne