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Breckons dominate NZ Awards, I Can Doosit Horse of the Year

By Michael Guerin

Breckon Bloodstock’s domination of the national harness racing awards was summed up best by a cheap plastic wheelie bin.

The Auckland-based racing operation owned by Ken and Karen Breckon cleaned up at the ICE Bloodstock awards dinner in Christchurch on Saturday night, winning six trophies.

Their champion trotter I Can Doosit won Horse of the Year, Trotter of the Year and aged Trotter of the Year, while his dam Shezadoosie won Broodmare of the Year. That also saw the Breckons take away the Owner and Breeder of the Year titles.

So after collecting their sixth trophy they were gifted with a way to get them home, Harness Racing New Zealand light-heartedly presenting them with a green wheelie bin on stage. As much as it was meant in jest it actually came in handy, with Karen Breckon later using it to wheel four of their trophies to their taxi.

While such domination can often lead to a boring awards ceremony, the Breckon’s windfall was well received as they are one of the most popular, and social, couples in racing. And their season was not without its hardships, Shezadoosie dying last December on Ken’s birthday while they also lost another top broodmare in Tarena Jay. They also just missed out of winning the commercially coveted Filly of the Year award with Twist And Twirl, who was pipped by one vote by Harness Jewels winner O Baby in the equal closest vote of the night.

That provided some compensation for owners Braeden and Caroline Whitelock, who had spent the night before in Hamilton watching the Crusaders, for whom four of their sons play, lose their Super Rugby semi-final.The other one-vote margin winner was With Intent, who held a 12-11 advantage over Fayanni for the trotting mare of the year.

The main pacing awards went to Terror To Love as Pacer of the Year and Sir Lincoln as aged Pacer of the Year, both valuable for their future stallion appeal. Their connections confirmed they are on a collision course for the New Zealand Cup in November.

There were plenty of dominant winners, with Escapee, Five Card Draw, Onlyforyou, Royal Aspirations, Terror To Love and Habibti all securing almost all the votes in various categories.

Carabella was a 27 to 10 winner over arch-rival Bettor Cover Lover in the tough four-year-old mares section, with their sire Bettors Delight winning stallion of the year.

But perhaps the most poignant award of the night was Paramount Geegee winning four-year-old trotter, just two months after he died after failing to recover from an operation in Cambridge.

Long-time harness racing administrator, breeder and owner Jim Wakefield received a standing ovation when receiving the Outstanding Contribution to Harness Racing citation.

Other winners included Harness Jewels hero Smolda, Flyover, Stent and Manchester Lass.

Click here to view all winners and voting results from the ICE Bloodstock 2012 NZ Harness Racing Awards.