WAROA award wins for Pounamu

Pounamu won two awards at the 2017-18 Western Australian Racehorse Owners’ Association awards on Saturday, August 4. Picture: Anita McInnes

POUNAMU and his chief rival Material Man were last night named joint WA racehorse of the year winners at the Western Australian Racehorse Owners’ Association awards.

Kingston Town Classic winner Pounamu was also named the 2017-18 WAROA Horserail Australia Northerly four-year-old and older racehorse of the year.

In June Pounamu’s trainer Alan Mathews of Muchea told Yanchep News Online that the gelding’s owners want him to race in over east so the goals of either the Caulfield Cup (2400m) or the Melbourne Cup (3200m) were being considered.

Mathews said everything would have to go really well for Pounamu to get to either race but there were few races suitable for him in Perth in spring now especially as he seemed to be wanting more distance.

He said there had been some encouragement from Victoria Racing including their chief handicapper Greg Carpenter for Pounamu to head east.

At this stage Pounamu had already won enough races to qualify for entry for either race but sometimes entry requirements could change depending on how many international horses entered.

Last year the Authorised and Tangiwai gelding was runner up in the Perth Cup (2400m) behind Material Man on New Year’s Day after wins in the Ted Van Heemst Stakes (2100m) and the Kingston Town Classic (1800m).

On Saturday, June 16 Pounamu was third in the Hyperion Stakes (1600m) behind Material Man and Great Shot.

Mathews said Pounamu still looked a bit chubby and seemed to prefer Ascot to Belmont.

On Saturday, June 2 Pounamu finished third in the Belmont Sprint (1400m).