Townsville Bulletin

Vega One wins Horse Of The Year

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TONY Gollan’s Group 1-winning star Vega One has been crowned Queensland’s Horse of the Year after winning the Group 1 Kingsford-smith Cup and running a close second to Tofane in the Stradbroke Handicap.

In an awards night that also saw Gollan crowned the state’s champion trainer for the eighth consecutiv­e time, Vega One joined the likes of Alligator Blood, Yankee Rose and Buffering as recent winners.

“Vega One has shown time and time again that he is one of Queensland’s most consistent gallopers, and this award is thoroughly deserving following his stirring victory in the Group 1 TAB Kingsford-smith Cup,” Racing Queensland chief executive Brendan Parnell said. “The horse’s trainer, Tony Gollan, has continued to dominate the training ranks, surpassing a number of his own records set last year, including a new benchmark for state wins and an unpreceden­ted second straight season of 100 metropolit­an triumphs.”

Unlucky Caulfield Guineas Prelude runner Alpine Edge was crowned two-year-old Horse of the Year.

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