Shoot Out’s barnstorming 2009/10 racing season was capped on Saturday night he was crowned Queensland’s Horse of the Year.
The connections of the outstanding four-year-old were presented with the major award at the glittering function at Sofitel Brisbane.
Adding to the Horse of the Year honour, the trainer and regular rider of Shoot Out, John Wallace and Stathi Katsidis, swept away with the major trainer and jockey awards.
A few hours before being crowned Queensland’s best, Shoot Out ran an eye catching third to Cox Plate winner So You Think in the Group Two Memsie Stakes at Caulfield.
Despite covering more ground than any other runner, Shoot Out was able to produce the quickest final 200 metres in the race.
It was Shoot Out’s efforts during the recently completed 2009/10 racing season that saw him win Sasturday night’s major award.
He won four races during the season including the Group One double of the Randwick Guineas and AJC Australian Derby.
Bred by Oaklands Stud, Shoot Out was purchased by owners Linda and Graham Huddy for $15,000 at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
As it stands he boasts the imposing record of seven wins and three minor placings from just 14 starts and earnings of $1,578,950.
The son of High Chaparral holds an entry for the Melbourne Spring Carnival’s three feature races – the Cox Plate and Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
Wallace said the Cox Plate remained as the number one mission for Shoot Out for this preparation.
Other finalists in the Queensland Horse of the Year award included fellow Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale graduates Albert the Fat and Military Rose.
Albert the Fat won the Best 4YO & Up award following his Group One success during the carnival for Eden Petrie.
The Champion QTIS 2YO and 3YO award winners – Ringa Ringa Rosie and Fifteen Carat – were also plucked from the Gold Coast ring.
Toorak Toff’s sire Show a Heart, a resident of Glenlogan Park Stud, was recognised as the Champion Sire of the season.
Another big winner on the night was Lyndhurst Stud’s Hidden Dragon – the Champion 2YO and First Season Sire.