Debeersonus wins Horse of the Year

BEERS WINS: The Simon Drewitt trained Debeersonus won the Horse Of The Year for the 2019/20 Port Lincoln Racing Club's season. Pictured here after winning the Flying Handicap on March 6 are winning connections Jett Drewitt, Simon Drewitt, Todd Pannell, Mel Dohnt, Terry Giles and Michelle Power.
BEERS WINS: The Simon Drewitt trained Debeersonus won the Horse Of The Year for the 2019/20 Port Lincoln Racing Club's season. Pictured here after winning the Flying Handicap on March 6 are winning connections Jett Drewitt, Simon Drewitt, Todd Pannell, Mel Dohnt, Terry Giles and Michelle Power.

Honest sprinter Debeersonus won the Horse Of The Year Title for the Port Lincoln Racing Club's 2019/20 season.

A thrilling win in the Flying Handicap on Port Lincoln Cup day secured the win for the Simon Drewitt trained gelding.

Amazingly nine horses finishing on three wins for the season with the spritely 10-year-old getting the verdict on a countback.

Other horses to win three races here this season were Rodney, Abbi Fede, Mirthdale, Fearless Al, Social Media, Justica, Neva Doubt Us and Jaamint.

Drewitt said he was delighted with the win on Cup day.

"He's a marvel, Everytime he goes around he always gives a 100 per cent," he said.

Although in the twilight of his career Debeersonus continues to race well.

LEADING JOCKEY: Todd Pannell was the leading jockey for the Port Lincoln Racing Clubs 2019/20 season with 16 wins. He is pictured returning aboard Debeersonus after winning the Cup Day Sprint on March 6. Photo: Jett Drewitt

LEADING JOCKEY: Todd Pannell was the leading jockey for the Port Lincoln Racing Clubs 2019/20 season with 16 wins. He is pictured returning aboard Debeersonus after winning the Cup Day Sprint on March 6. Photo: Jett Drewitt

"He doesn't know he is 10 (years old) and we will go around again next season," Drewitt said.

"We don't work him real hard, he loves stable life and the beach" Drewitt said.

Debeersonus has had 91 starts for 15 wins and 44 placings from his 92 starts and amassed nearly $350,000 in prizemoney.

At Port Lincoln he has been a model of consistency from his 50 starts with 11 wins and 31 minor placings. His four other wins were at Morphettville.

Debeersonus is raced by Phil Vivian, Cayleen Dowson, Terry Giles, Michelle Power and Danielle Drewitt.

Drewitt trained the winner of the previous season Horse Of The Year also with Lady Conquistador who also claimed the title on the last day of the season by winning the 2019 Port Lincoln Cup.

John Dunn trained 16 winners to take out the leading trainer award just in front of Jackie Stoetzer who finished one win behind Dunn but had a much better strike rate.

Dunn has been a tremendous supporter of racing in the region for many years and we must also mention his local staff who do a great job.

Todd Pannell was the leading jockey at Port Lincoln with 16 winners while Jerry Chau was crowned leading apprentice (13 wins).

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