Most years when you look at the list of nominees for the annual harness racing awards, there are many age group awards that have the potential to be highly contentious.
In our view this is one of those years where most of the award winners pick themselves.
The exception is the two year old filly trotter of the year where Wanna Play and Arya can both present a compelling case in support of claims to the award.
How media voting in these awards regard the disqualification of Arya on Jewels day will have a big bearing on who wins this award.
If the result as they passed the line had stood ( as many in the industry think it should have) then Arya would have beaten Wanna Play in four of their six meetings.
As it stands after the disqualification, the tally is three apiece.
Our vote would go to Arya but we can see the reasoning for people voting for Wanna Play who got better as the season went on.
In several of the divisions the winner for this year is clear cut.
In the pacing awards Adore Me, Venus Serena, Follow The Stars and Terror To Love look ready made winners while over on the trotting side of the awards, Monbet, King Denny, Majestic Time, Superbowlcheerleader and Master Lavros look certainties.
One category that will divide some voters is the two year old filly award.
For us this was settled on Jewels Day where Supersonic Miss gave all her competition for this award a start and a beating.
The other category that may see differing views is in the three year old colt award.
Several colts had great seasons but for us Locharburn stood out with him finishing one/two in all twelve starts.
Finally we think the overall awards are clear cut with Terror To Love the Pacer of The Year and Master Lavros the Trotter Of The Year.
We think the Harness Horse Of The Year must go to Terror To Love for his outstanding season in winning the New Zealand Cup for the third time along with an Auckland Cup.
Here are our selections for this years awards.
2 year old filly - Supersonic Miss 2 year old colt/geld - Follow The Stars
3 year old filly - Venus Serena 3 year old colt/geld - Locharburn
4 year old+ mare - Adore Me 4 year old+ entire/geld - Terror To Love
2 year old filly - Arya 2 year old colt/geld - Monbet
3 year old filly - Majestic Time 3 year old colt/geld - King Denny
4 year old+ mare - Superbowlcheerleader 4 year old colt/geld - Master Lavros
PACER OF THE YEAR - Terror To Love
TROTTER OF THE YEAR - Master Lavros
HARNESS HORSE OF THE YEAR - Terror To Love