NZ Briefs for 09th January 2018

Kiwis to the fore on awards night; Group One mare on way back; Chiong calls time on career
Kiwis to the fore on awards night
New Zealand-bred five-year-old Infantry has been crowned Singapore’s Horse of the Year.
The Alwin Tan-trained son of Tavistock earned the title with wins in the Singapore Derby (2000m) and the Kranji Mile(1600m) and he was also named the Champion Four-Year-Old and Champion Miler.
Gilt Complex, a Kiwi-bred son of Gold Centre, was named the Champion Older Horse and Most Improved Horse.
Countofmontecristo, a son of Echoes Of Heaven, and the Showcasing gelding Be Bee were voted the Three-Year-Old and Two-Year-Old respectively while Nova Swiss, by Swiss Ace, is the Champion Polytrack Horse.
Champion Trainer for 2017 was Mark Walker, who won his first premiership there in 2015, while former central districts commentator Thomas Wood won the Racing Media Award.
Group One mare on way back
Thee Auld Floozie is now heading in the right direction, according to Stephen Marsh.
“I’ll nominate her for the open 6 f at Ellerslie on Sunday and assess where we but I think she’s back in business,” the Cambridge trainer said.
Thee Auld Floozie, who won last season’s Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m), was turned out after she failed to place in any of her three starts in the spring.
Chiong calls time on career
Hong Kong’s record-breaking apprentice jockey Kei Chiong, who also made her mark in New Zealand, has retired from riding.
“To be a successful jockey in Hong Kong, one has to be 100 percent committed, both physically and mentally,” the 25-year-old said.
“Over the past six months, I have been taking time to recover from injuries to my hand, back and knee.I have decided it is time to make a change and retire from racing.”
The 25-year-old ends her career with 58 wins, the most earned by a female jockey in Hong Kong history.
Chiong began her New Zealand stint in 2012 with Matamata trainer Graham Richardson and subsequently transferred to the New Plymouth stable of Allan Sharrock, riding a total of 45 winners in New Zealand.

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