THESEO has won a most prestigious award at the AUSTRALIAN RACEHORSE OF THE YEAR and HALL OF FAME AWARDS , winning the AUSTRALIAN MIDDLE DISTANCE CHAMPION AWARD SEASON 2008-2009.
3 cheers for 3 trophies,
Congratulations to the THESEO owners (some of whom are pictured above)
Michael Townsend, Philip Evans, Annette Wilberforce, Craig Thompson, Susan Hardie, Ronald Stanwell, Graeme Sobels, John Menzies, Jill Nathans, Maureen Rusk
In winning the coveted title, THESEO defeated the star line up of WEEKEND HUSSLER, MALDIVIAN, VISION AND POWER, NICONERO, and POMPEII RULER. In season 2008 -2009 THESEO won The Epsom, The Mackinnon, The Ranvet at Group 1 level and the Group 2 St George Stakes.
He was Group 1 2nd three times and has won $3,238,980 in prize money earnings.
The Australian Middle Distance Horse of the Year Award acceptance speech by Jill Nathans on behalf of the Theseo owners - Melbourne 31st August 2009:
"Theseo of course is not a word. It is an acronym for "The European Stratospheric Experiment on Ozone" (Theseo's dam is Ozone Sand (USA)). Let me assure you all, there is nothing whatsoever experimental when you are dealing with the team of the likes of trainer Gai Waterhouse, syndicator/ Star Thoroughbreds Denise Martin, jockey Nash Rawiller, and strapper, track rider, confidante, and "foster father" for Theseo, Stephen O'Halloran.
For all of us as owners of Theseo, it has been a privledge having the No. 1 team in Australian racing looking after us and our horse. It has been an amazing and gratifying experience but above all it's been so much fun!
Lastly we give our humble thanks to our Superstar, Theseo, the gentle giant, tough as teak and with the heart of a 1,000 lions. He has taken us on an amazing ride; a journey we hope is far from over. Thank you so much."
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE OWNERS OF WEIGHT FOR AGE STAR AND 3 TIMES GROUP 1 WINNER THESEO CROWNED 2008 - 09 NEW SOUTH WALES CHAMPION HORSE OF THE YEAR AND NSW MIDDLE DISTANCE HORSE OF THE YEAR
A NIGHT OF CELEBRATION FOR HIS OWNERS
(some of whom are pictured below)
Photographs courtesy of Kris Baum - 0431 955 159
Acceptance from THESEO part owner
Annette Wilberforce on receipt of the "NSW MIDDLE DISTANCE HORSE OF THE YEAR AWARD SEASON 2008-2009"
" On behalf of all of the owners of THESEO we would like to thank the NSW Rachorse Owners Association for staging these awards and the STC for such a marvellous venue and all the sponsors who have made tonight possible We would also like to thank Gai Waterhouse, Steve O'Halloran and all of Gai's staff for the wonderful work they have done with THESEO Denise Martin whose STAR THOROUGHBREDS gave us the opportunity to buy into THESEO and all the STAR THOROUGHBRED'S family for their support and friendship. Without the great work from the jockeys we would not be here tonight. Zac Purton for coming over for the Epsom and Nash Rawiller the "Nashanater" for the Mackinnon, Ranvet and so many other great rides."