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Lys Gracieux wins JRA top honour after stellar season

After capping 2019 with Cox Plate and Arima Kinen, Lys Gracieux is named JRA horse of the year

Lys Gracieux wins the 2019 Cox Plate

Lys Gracieux was announced as a double winner for the JRA Awards for 2019. Lys Gracieux won both the Japan Racing Association’s Horse of the Year for 2019 and Best Older Filly or Mare award. In the voting for the Horse of the Year award, Lys Gracieux received 271 votes out of 274.

The Horse of the Year title is the highest honor given to JRA-registered race horses and is selected by the Horse of the Year Selection Committee represented by journalists of various dailies and magazines.

The JRA Awards ceremony will be held on January 27.

Results of the 2019 JRA Awards (Total Votes: 274)

Horse of the Year

Place Horse Votes
1 Lys Gracieux 271
2 Almond Eye 2
3 Chrysoberyl 1
Total 274

Best Two-Year-Old Colt

Place Horse Votes
1 Contrail 197
2 Salios 77
Total 274

Best Two-Year-Old Filly

Place Horse Votes
1 Resistencia 274
Total 274

Best Three-Year-Old Colt

Place Horse Votes
1 Saturnalia 124
2 Admire Mars 107
3 Chrysoberyl 24
4 Roger Barows 15
5 World Premiere 3
6 None 1
Total 274

Best Three-Year-Old Filly

Place Horse Votes
1 Gran Alegria 121
2 Loves Only You 99
3 Chrono Genesis 47
4 None 7
Total 274

 

 

Best Older Colt or Horse

Place Horse Votes
1 Win Bright 136
2 Indy Champ 118
3 Suave Richard 11
4 Fierement 6
5 None 2
6 Glory Vase 1
Total 274

Best Older Filly or Mare

Place Horse Votes
1 Lys Gracieux 271
2 Almond Eye 3
Total 274

Best Sprinter or Miler

Place Horse Votes
1 Indy Champ 211
2 Admire Mars 38
3 Tower of London 22
4 Mr Melody 3
Total 274

Best Dirt Horse

Place Horse Votes
1 Chrysoberyl 270
2 Omega Perfume 4
Total 274

Best Steeplechase Horse

Place Horse Votes
1 Shingun Michael 175
2 Oju Chosan 95
3 None 4
Total 274

Trainers & Jockeys
Best Trainer (races won) : Takayuki Yasuda (64 wins)
Best Trainer (winning average) : Mitsumasa Nakauchida (0.225)
Best Trainer (money earned) : Yoshito Yahagi (2,214,248,900 Yen)
Best Trainer (training technique) : Mitsumasa Nakauchida

JRA Best Jockey (races won) : Christophe Lemaire (164 wins)
JRA Best Jockey (winning average) : Yuga Kawada (0.260%)
JRA Best Jockey (money earned) : Christophe Lemaire (3,547,238,000 Yen)
MVJ (Most Valuable Jockey) : Christophe Lemaire (44 points)
Best Steeplechase Jockey : Kazuma Mori
Best Jockey (newcomer) : Arata Saito