Locally trained pacer Danman secured this year’s Cathels Equine Veterinarians Cranbourne Horse Of The Year award in a thrilling finale to the season on Sunday evening.
Danman was locked in a tie with the Bill Galea trained Captain Bronzie leading into Sunday’s meeting and both horses were engaged in the Woodlands Stud Pace, a race dominated in betting by Live On Broadway.
As expected, the odds-on favourite led comfortably from his front row draw and then proceeded to sizzle through the first quarter in a blistering 26.9 seconds. Aggressively driven by leading concession driver Darby McGuigan, Captain Bronzie moved to the wheel of Live On Broadway when the tempo slowed mid-race while Danman occupied a position at the rear of the field with a lap to travel.
Live On Broadway asserted his authority over his rivals turning for home with interest only in the minor placings. Half way down the home straight Dansbro, who had trailed the leader throughout, and Captain Bronzie looked set to fill second and third respectively. But Danman and Shannon O’Sullivan finished at a rate of knots from near last to snatch third right on the line by the narrowest of margins. In doing so, Danman secured Horse Of The Year honours much to the delight of a number of his connections who were on hand to support their charge.
For the record, Danman (pictured) had 11 starts on his home track during 2018/19 for 3 wins, 2 seconds and 1 third giving the Rick Cashman trained pacer a total of 17 premiership points, just one in advance of Captain Bronzie.
Champion reinsman Chris Alford was once again the Cranbourne Driver Of The Year while Darby McGuigan celebrated back-to-back victories in the Concession Driver Of The Year Award.
Local trainer Jayne Davies took out the Cranbourne Trainer Of The Year Award.
And the Jason Fearn trained Yankee Commando was rewarded for his consistent season being named the Cranbourne Trotter Of The Year.
By David Scott
Photo: Claire Weston Photography