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For the third time in the last four years the East Cape horse of the year is from the stable of trainer Tara Laing.

The mare with the long eyelashes Star Burst Galaxy was crowned as the horse of the year at the Racing Association East Cape Awards held at Fairview on Saturday night.

Laing was the trainer of the horse of the year in 2015 when Sir Duke was named as the best and then in 2016 with Crown Of Gold.

Star Burst Galaxy has now retired to stud and raced for owners Etienne Braun and Paul Loomes.

She had a wonderful season with victories in the Lady’s Pendant and East Cape Breeders Stakes.

The Awards winners:

Champion 2yo Filly: Madame Speaker

Champion 2yo Colt/gelding: Alfeo

Champion 3yo Filly: Widow’s Lamp

Champion 3yo Colt/gelding: Sabbatical

Champion Older filly/mare: Star Burst Galaxy

Champion Older colt/gelding: Stormy Eclipse

Champion Sprinter: Exelero

Champion Stayer: Desert Wisdom

Champion Poly track filly/mare: Meritocracy

Champion Poly track colt/gelding: Miracle Bureau

Champion Jockey: Greg Cheyne (season record 91 wins)

Champion Jockey (PE based): Teaque Gould

Champion Apprentice: Lyle Hewitson

Champion Workrider: Oscar Nkunzi

Champion Groom: N Mkalali

Champion Trainer: Alan Greeff

Champion Owner: Mayfair Speculators

Horse of the Year: Star Burst Galaxy

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