The Queen greets Estimate after winning the Gold Cup in JunePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Queen named owner of the year at ROA awards
THE first win by a reigning monarch in the 207-year history of the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot ensured owner of the year honours for the Queen at the Racehorse Owners Association's 32nd annual awards in London on Thursday evening.
There was also an award for the filly who made it possible when Estimate was named outstanding stayer for her moment of glory at the royal meeting in June.
The owner of the year award was secured not only by victory for Estimate but what the ROA described as the Queen's unparalleled commitment and contribution to racing over more than 60 years.
The prize was collected on the Queen's behalf by her racing manager John Warren and his daughter Susannah, while Estimate's trainer Sir Michael Stoute collected the stayer's award.
Rachel Hood, president of the ROA, said: "British racing has been incredibly fortunate to benefit from Her Majesty The Queen's lifelong support and the remarkable success of Estimate in the Ascot Gold Cup was a very special occasion for the entire sport.
"On behalf of all racehorse owners, the Racehorse Owners Association is honoured and delighted to present the 2013 racehorse owner of the year to the Queen."
No awards ceremony would be complete without an accolade or two for superstar jumper Sprinter Sacre, and the unbeaten chaser was named as the ROA's horse of the year and outstanding chaser.
The Caroline Mould-owned chaser was a winner at each of the big three spring meetings - the Cheltenham Festival, Grand National meeting at Aintree and Punchestown festival.
A second owner to receive two awards was Sheikh Joaan Al Thani, for Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Treve (outstanding middle-distance horse and outstanding filly and mare).
On an evening sponsored by Weatherbys Hamilton at London's InterContinental Hotel, the special achievement award went to Top Notch Tonto, who cap ped a successful season by running the race of his life to finish runner-up to Olympic Glory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot in October.
Weatherbys Private Banking Owner of the Year: The Queen
Weatherbys Hamilton Horse of the Year: Sprinter Sacre
Great British Racing International Outstanding Middle Distance Horse: Treve
Betfair Outstanding Miler: Moonlight Cloud
Outstanding Stayer in recognition of Newmarket - the Historic Home of Racing: Estimate
Racehorse Trader Outstanding Sprinter: Lethal Force
Tattersalls Outstanding Juvenile: Chriselliam
Markel Outstanding Filly and Mare: Treve
Channel 4 Racing Outstanding Chaser: Sprinter Sacre
Racing UK Outstanding Hurdler: Hurricane Fly
ARC Outstanding Novice Chaser: Simonsig
Premier Corporate Mail Outstanding Novice Hurdler: The New One
Coral Special Achievement Award: Top Notch Tonto
Don't miss Saturday's Racing Post for a full report and pictures from the awards' ceremony.