With the change of horse’s birthday being approved, there will be slight complications to the time that qualification for season awards cover for this and next year.
HRNZ have already announced that their national awards night will take place on 16 October which obviously means that any racing after that date in 2021 won’t be taken into account. However next year, a decision will have to be made whether the period from 1 August to 31 December 2021 will count, or just ignored. Hopefully it may not make any difference with clear cut winners irrespective of the time frame. Of course, the awards won’t be able to happen until after 31 December from here on.
Presumably there will be regional awards functions held later this year also, and I can announce that planning is underway for a Canterbury function in September. However, there will be a difference from past events, as it will take the form of a cocktail evening, and instead of necessarily recognising season leaders, it will be called the Canterbury Achievement Awards, which opens it up to some rather interesting possibilities. More details to follow.