Arya’s much talked about and unjust Harness Jewels Day disqualification may cost her more than just prize money.
In the wash-up, it may also cost her Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year honours, something that would have added value to her broodmare career once her racing days are over.
If Arya had her 2YO Ruby second on her résumé , she would have got my vote and I am confident she would have been awarded 2YO Trotting Filly of the Year. Because of her disqualification, I instead opted for her stablemate Wanna Play on the back of her super impressive win in the Group Two Sires’ Stakes Championship where she completely dominated a high class field which included Arya, who finished four and a half lengths away in second place.
Luckily, Wanna Play is also owned by Trevor Casey and trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, so whichever way the decision swings Casey will still have his hands on the trophy come awards night.
But circumstances could have been a lot worse had that alleged disqualification debacle denied someone their chance in the spotlight come August 9.
Other tricky divisions include the two-year-old fillies, where Supersonic Miss, Linda Lovegrace and Joanne’s A Delight all look a chance of bringing home Two-Year-Old Filly of the Year honours.
I have no doubt Supersonic Miss was the best two-year-old filly in New Zealand this season and, had she won the Australian Pacing Gold final in which she was a tragedy beaten, she would have been a shoe in. But, the fact of the matter is, she didn’t. So now, what we have to decide is do her stunning wins in the American Ideal Leonard Memorial (Gr3), APG Semi-Final, and the Group One 2YO Diamond, make her a more deserving winner than Linda Lovegrace and Joanne’s A Delight who both won Group One races and performed with distinction throughout the season?
By Mitchell Robertson