Recently retired star galloper Dissident has joined some of the legends of the Australian turf by being crowned the Australian Racehorse of the Year at an awards night at the MCG on Thursday night.
The son of Sebring was the stand out performer on Australian racecourses for the 2014-15 racing season and was duly awarded racing’s most prestigious annual racehorse award.
A $210,000 purchase from the Gold Coast Yearling Sale for Moody Racing from the Widden Stud draft, Dissident is a real Magic Millions product. His sire, former Champion 2YO Sebring and his stakes performed dam Diana’s Secret were also both purchased from the Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Dissident also was a deserved winner of the Champion Sprinter Award to cap a big night for connections of the now Newgate Farm based stallion.
A successful night for Magic Millions graduates was capped when last season’s unbeaten juvenile Vancouver was crowned the country’s Champion Two-Year-Old.
Prepared by Gai Waterhouse, Vancouver was purchased for $185,000 from the draft of Coolmore Stud. He won a swag of features capped by success in the world’s richest juvenile race, the Golden Slipper at Rosehill.
The recognition for Dissident and Vancouver follows the state Horse of the Year honours for Magic Millions graduates in Victoria (Dissident), South Australia (Hucklebuck) and Tasmania (The Cleaner).