The Aga Khan will be the guest of honor at the British Thoroughbred Breeders' Association's prestigious annual Awards Dinner at the Churchill Hotel in London on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001. The dinner will be hosted by broadcaster Clare Balding.One of the world's foremost owner-breeders, the Aga Khan has enjoyed an outstanding season. He raced the brilliant Vodafone Derby, Irish Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Sinndar as well as the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Kalanisi, who rounded off a great year with victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs last month. Both horses are Irish-bred and are therefore ineligible for the TBA's awards.The Aga Khan follows on from some distinguished previous guests of honor at the evening, including the Princess Royal and the Foreign Secretary Robin Cook.BBC television and Radio 5 Live presenter Clare Balding will once again host the awards to the year's big achievers -- both human and equine -- in the British bloodstock industry.
Nigel Elwes, the TBA Chairman, said today: "We are delighted that after such a wonderful season the Aga Khan has accepted our invitation to be the guest of honour at the annual Breeders' Awards Dinner, which is always one of the highlights of the bloodstock year."