8 Aug 2017 The UBET Queensland Horse of the Year title will go to a new star for the first time since 2012, when Racing Queensland (RQ) hosts the 2017 UBET Queensland Thoroughbred Awards on Saturday, September 9. Following the retirement of champion sprinter, five-time winner Buffering, five new contenders have thrown their hat into the ring to claim Queensland’s most prestigious equine title. J.J. Atkins winner Capital Gain, Magic Millions winner Houtzen, Tattersall’s Cup winner Rudy, Summer Sprint Triple Crown winner Most Important, and Spring Champion Stakes winner Yankee Rose are in the running to put their names alongside the likes of Buffering, Falvelon, Shoot Out and Starcraft as previous winners. Capital Gain and Houtzen will also vie for honours in the Grandview Stud 2YO Horse of the Year title, with Yankee Rose among the leading contenders in the Queensland Owners Association 3YO Horse of the Year award. The Magic Millions Queensland Trainer of the Year, Queensland Jockey of the Year and the Sky Racing Ken Russell Apprentice Jockey of the Year, will be among 31 award winners – and Queensland Racing Hall of Fame inductions – announced on the night. RQ Chief Executive Officer, Dr Eliot Forbes, said he looked forward to joining with the industry to celebrate the 2016/17 racing season. “You can’t help but be impressed by the quality of thoroughbreds and accomplished industry participants nominated to win 2017 UBET Queensland Thoroughbred Awards,” he said. “We’ve been fortunate enough to witness Buffering on the national and international scene for the past five years, but the time has come for the next generation to announce themselves as Queensland’s thoroughbred stars of the future.” Jeff Lloyd will be the likely frontrunner to take the Jockey of the Year award, after he broke Chris Munce’s 2012 record for most metropolitan winners in a season. But he will be challenged by perennially successful jockeys Jim Byrne, Robbie Fradd and Damian Browne. The Magic Millions Trainer of the Year title will be a tough decision for judges to make. Metropolitan premier trainer Tony Gollan finished the season with 100 winners statewide, while Toowoomba-based young-gun Ben Currie topped the tally with 103.5 winners. Female riders feature prominently in the Sky Racing Ken Russell Apprentice Jockey of the Year awards, with metropolitan premier Tiffani Brooker and runner-up, Alannah Fancourt, joined by Josh Oliver and Matthew McGillivray. As part of the night, RQ may induct up to four new names (Horse, Jockey, Trainer and Associate) into the Queensland Racing Hall of Fame. A list of featured nominees is included below, with winners decided by a panel including media, Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Stewards and key industry stakeholders. In an effort to provide a unique experience for participants and to engage potential new stakeholders, RQ will look to alternate venues each year. This year’s function will be held at Gambaro Hotel, in Brisbane’s Caxton Street entertainment precinct. Tickets are limited so early bookings are essential. To purchase tickets visit: https://www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=293242&embed=true RQ wishes to thank the presenting partner UBET, with Magic Millions as a supporting partner plus all of the businesses who have committed to sponsoring awards. 2017 UBET Queensland Thoroughbred Award Featured Nominees Horse of the Year – Sponsored by UBET Rudy Capital Gain Houtzen Most Important Yankee Rose Jockey of the Year Damian Browne Jim Byrne Robbie Fradd Jeff Lloyd Trainer of the Year – Sponsored by Magic Millions Rob Heathcote Tony Gollan Ben Currie Toby Edmonds Ken Russell Apprentice of the Year Josh Oliver Matt McGillivray Alannah Fancourt Tiffani Brooker 4YO and Older Horse of the Year – sponsored by Stanley River Thoroughbreds Most Important Rudy Cylinder Beach Col ‘n’ Lil Monsieur Gustave 3YO Horse of the Year – sponsored by Queensland Owners Association Order Again Crack Me Up Niccanova Dreams Aplenty Savanna Amour Yankee Rose 2YO Horse of the Year – Sponsored by Grandview Stud Capital Gain Houtzen Ours To Keep Pardoe Cellargirl Saint Patricks Day Also awarded on the night will be: Breeding Awards – Sponsored by Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Queensland Broodmare of the Year Queensland Stallion of the Year Champion First Season Stallion Champion 2YO Stallion Premierships Awards Country Premiership Jockey Country Premiership Trainer Country Premiership Horse of the Year Provincial Premiership Jockey – Sponsored by Ipswich Turf Club Provincial Premiership Trainer – Sponsored by Fitton Insurance Provincial Premiership Horse of the Year Metropolitan Premiership Jockey Metropolitan Premiership Trainer – Sponsored by Fitton Insurance Metropolitan Premiership Horse of the Year Stewards Award - QRIC Horses of the Year QTIS Horse of the Year (Prizemoney) – Sponsored by Eureka Stud Apprentice Awards Country Apprentice of the Year – Sponsored by Queensland Jockey Association Provincial Apprentice of the Year – Sponsored by UBET/RadioTAB Metropolitan Apprentice of the year Racezone medal (Most wins in a single month) – Sponsored by Race Zone Rookie of the Year Hall of Fame Horse – Sponsored by Tattersall’s Racing Club Jockey – Sponsored by Racenet Trainer Associate *Please note, all awards nominees will be contacted individually to arrange ticketing.