Mr Feelgood Australian Horse Of The Year

09:31 AM 24 Sep 2009 NZST
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Anthony Butt gives Mr Feelgood
Anthony Butt gives Mr Feelgood - a congratulatory kiss following their Interdominion win.
Duane Ranger photo

World conquering pacer Mr Feelgood USA has added 2009 Australian Harness Horse of the Year to his already imposing record of achievement. Mr Feelood USA has taken the Australasian harness racing industry by storm since arriving from North America in 2008 following an inspired purchase by Kevin Seymour, Peter O'Shea and Clinton Payne.

Among his 2009 achievements, the Grinfromeartoear USA stallion claimed Australasia's biggest prize, the million dollar Watpac Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final at the Gold Coast in March and tied with Blacks A Fake for the Barastoc Grand Circuit Champion crown.

The Australian Harness Horse of the Year is awarded after compiling the votes from media representatives across the nation and based on the racing performances of all horses during the 2008-09 season. The result was clear cut with Mr Feelgood USA claiming four times the votes of the nearest rival.

Expertly mentored by Tim Butt and Phil Anderson, and piloted by his brother Anthony, Mr Feelgood's major performances are listed below:

2008/2009 Performances: 7 starts, 3 wins, 2 Placings, $829,825, 1:56.6MS

009 Watpac Inter Dominion Pacing Championship $1,000,000 - G1 (AM Butt) Gold Coast, Qld

009 BIG6 Hunter Cup $400,000 - G1 (AM Butt) Moonee Valley, Vic

009 Shepparton Gold Cup $50,000 - G2 (AM Butt) Shepparton, Vic

eanna Troy took the Aged Mare Pacer of the Year honours, Captain Joy and Cuttheattitude the 3 and 2 year old categories respectively and Sundons Gift NZ the Trotter of the Year Award.

2009 AUSTRALIAN HARNESS RACING AWARDS 2009 RESULTS:

PACERS:

AUSTRALIAN HARNESS HORSE OF THE YEAR: MR FEELGOOD USA;

AGED PACER OF THE YEAR: MR FEELGOOD;

AGED MARE PACER OF THE YEAR: DEANNA TROY;

AGED HORSE/GELDING PACER OF THE YEAR: MR FEELGOOD USA;

3YO PACER OF THE YEAR: CAPTAIN JOY;

3YO FILLY PACER OF THE YEAR: BROADWAYS BEST;

3YO COLT/GELDING PACER OF THE YEAR CAPTAIN JOY;

2YO PACER OF THE YEAR: CUTTHEATTITUDE;

2YO FILLY PACER OF THE YEAR: LADY EUTHENIA;

2YO COLT/GELDING PACER OF THE YEAR: CUTTHEATTITUDE.

TROTTERS:

TROTTER OF THE YEAR: SUNDONS GIFT;

AGED TROTTING MARE OF THE YEAR: SUNDONS TIAVON;

3YO TROTTER OF THE YEAR: ARIZONA BLUE;

2YO TROTTER OF THE YEAR: ROSTEVARREN;

BROODMARE OF THE YEAR: LADY JOY.

Andrew KELLY

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