Inara has won the most prestigious horse of the year award at the RA Western Cape Racing and Breeders Awards, while the Mauritzfontein Stud-bred J&B Met winner Smart Call received the breeders award.
Smart Call didn’t qualify for the Racing Awards, having been trained out of Alec Laird’s Gauteng yard.
Bass was given rapturous applause when receiving a lifetime achievement award.
Earlier his top class Silvano gelding Marinaresco had been named three-year-old male of the year and his cracking Silvano filly Silver Mountain had been named joint three-year-old female of the year along with the Justin Snaith-trained Dynasty filly Bela-Bela.
Inara also received the older female of the year award and champion middle distance horse of the year.
Justin Snaith retained his Western Cape trainer of the year title and also won a special acknowledgement of achievement award for his phenomenal feat of sending out eight winners on J&B Met day. His Australian-bred Danehill Dancer gelding Ovidio was named champion stayer of the year.
Vaughan Marshall landed a notable double when Always In Charge and The Secret Is Out, both by Captain Al, were named Juvenile Male and Juvenile Female of the Year respectively.
The Joey Ramsden-trained Western Winter entire Red Ray completed a fairytale when named older male of the year, as he had returned from an overseas stint which had not panned out at all well. However, he had to play second fiddle to the Dean Kannemeyer-trained Trippi filly Real Princess in the champion sprinter of the year award.