Dual Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) winner Makybe Diva capped off a memorable season when she was crowned 2005 Australian Horse of the Year Wednesday night.In a comprehensive victory in the voting sponsored by TVN, Makybe Diva polled 114 votes out of possible 145 to receive the award in front of a capacity crowd inside Crown's Palladium. Other horses to receive votes were Carlton Draught Caulfield Cup (Aus-I) winner Elvstroem (18), five-time group 1 winner Grand Armee (8), popular filly Alinghi (4) and dual Derby winner Plastered (1).The prestigious title was one of three awards the connections of Makybe Diva collected at the award's function at Crown's Palladium.In the Radio Sport 927 champion Stayer Award Makybe Diva polled 144 votes and also pocketed the TAB Most Popular Racehorse Award. Highlights of Makybe Diva's season included her second Melbourne Cup, which in turn made her the first mare to win consecutive Melbourne Cups. The Lee Freedman-trained mare proved she wasn't a one distance specialist when posting a race record time in the group I Australian Cup over, then seven days later blitzed rivals in the group I The BMW.Last season Makybe Diva raced 11 times for three wins, which were all group I races, and three placings, earning AUS$5,184,550 in prizemoney.Her regular jockey Glen Boss took home the Crown Limited Champion Group One Jockey Award, while Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse was awarded the Emirates Airline Champion Group One Trainer Award.In the closely contested New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing Champion 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Award sprinter Fastnet Rock got the nod by 10 votes over West Australian gelding Plastered. The Paul Perry-trained two-time group I winner also took out the William Inglis & Son Champion Sprinter Award.
Fashions Afield took out the Yallambee Stud Champion 2-Year-Old Award, while Alinghi attracted all but three votes in the New Zealand Bloodstock Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Award. Five-time group I winner Grand Armee held out rivals in the TGM Engineers & Surveyors Champion Middle Distance Racehorse Award, while globetrotter Elvstroem was named IRT Champion International Performer.In the other awards success in Japan helped Karasi land The Wolf Blass Champion Jumper Award, while the late Danehill was the Turf Monthly & Racing and Sports Champion Sire Award recipient.
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