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Rocknroll Magic wins Horse of the Year

06:24 AM 21 Nov 2016 NZDT
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Connections of Rocknroll Magic
Connections of Rocknroll Magic

Dual Group One winner and Australia’s top three-year-old filly Rocknroll Magic has been named Harness Racing South Australia’s Horse Of The Year for the 2015-2016 season.

Although trained in Victoria by Emma Stewart, Rocknroll Magic is majority owned in South Australia.

The announcement was made at a well-attended Horse Of The Year function at the Grange Golf Club Function Room on Sunday.

Rocknroll Magic raced five times in South Australia during the season for five wins highlighted by successes in the Southern Cross Three-Year-Old Fillies and SA BOTRA Three-Year-Old Fillies finals.

In Victoria, the filly scored Group One wins in Empire Vicbred Three-Year-Old Fillies final, then the Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Fillies final at Tabcorp Park, Melton.

From a win when resuming from a break at Globe Derby Park on May 13, Rocknroll Magic won 12 races in a row before being going for a spell after her Breeders Crown win on August 28.

Rocknroll Magic’s South Australian connection is through syndicate manager Bruce Cameron, his wife Alison, son Henry together with Jock and Nathan Woods. John Penny and The Magic Sons Group which contains Nigel Rowe, Brenton Thompson and their families and friends.

The rest of the ownership group is Cameron’s brother Craig, cousin Peter and the Fab Four Group which includes Craig’s wife and members from Queensland and overseas.

The mare is also soon to become a mother with a surrogate mare due to foal to Art Major within the next few weeks.

Rocknroll Magic was also named South Australia’s Three-Year-Old Filly Of The Year.

Her SA awards come on top of being named Victoria’s Three-Year-Old Filly Of The Year, and a finalist in that state’s Horse Of The Year award.

Rocknroll Magic has also been named Australia’s Three-Year-Old Filly Of The Year.

Now a four-year-old mare, the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, is back in work but will have a light campaign which may include one SA run during the middle of 2017.

In a good season for Cameron-syndicated horses Our Celebrity, also trained by Emma Stewart, was also named South Australia’s Two-Year-Old Filly of The Year.

Our Celebrity won the SA BOTRA Golden Nursery and the Southern Cross for two-year-old fillies.

Owner John Penny, a part-owner of Rocknroll Magic, also had dual award success as Emain Macha, in which he is also a part-owner, took out the South Australian Two-Year-Old Of The Year for colts and geldings.

Emain Macha, trained in Naracoorte by Greg Scholefield, won seven of his nine starts with his best victories being the SA BOTRA Golden Nursery for colts and geldings and the Kindergarten Stakes.

Jumping Jolt, bred and owned by Peter and Lesley Medhurst from Glencoe in the South-East, and trained by their son-in-law Barry Finnis, was crowned South Australia’s Horse Of The Year for three-year-old colts and geldings.

The gelding won nine of his 14 starts during the season.

Glamour mare Whats Emma Got, trained by Glenda Fuller in partnership with her daughter Sharon Newman, was voted South Australia’s Horse Of The Year for four-year-old and over mares.

Whats Emma Got, also bred by Mrs Newman, won 12 of her 20 starts during the season including a victory at Tabcorp Park Melton.

South Australia’s Horse Of The Year for four-year-old and over entires and gelding pacers went to Some Kinda Tactics.

The announcement came on the day owner Lyn Proud was attending a memorial function for her late husband Rod, instrumental in buying the horse to race in South Australia under the care of trainer Jon Kingston-Mayne.

Some Kinda Tactics won 13 races during the season with a victory in the Kadina Cup among his successes with a best winning mile rate of 1:53.3.

The gelding also took out South Australia’s Leading State Horse.

The Paul Fidge-trained Pocketfullofcash was awarded South Australia’s Horse Of The Year for four-year-old and older entires and geldings.

Pocketfullofcash won eight races with strong efforts including the Victor Harbor Trotters Cup, Gawler Hambeltonian and Gramel Trot.

Im Princess Sophie, trained by Ryan Hryhorec, was the South Australian Horse Of The Year for four-year-old and older mares won 10 races from 18 starts during the season.

Outback Madge, bred and owned by Geoff Easom and trained by Jill Neilson, was crowned South Australia’s Three-Year-Old Trotter Of The Year.

The filly won seven of her 16 starts, including five of her last six, including victories against older trotters.

Soh Twisted, winner of the Trotters Classic for trainer Angela Chapman, was named South Australia’s Horse Of The Year for two-year-old trotters.

To complete a big night for the Cameron family, Celebrity Ball was named South Australia’s Broodmare Of The Year.

Her foals include Celebrity Guest, Celebrity Lass, Starburst Girl, and Two-Year-Old Filly Horse Of The Year Our Celebrity.

The recently retired Paleface Jasper was named South Australia’s Claimer of The Year.

by Graham Fischer

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