Constitution Hill crowned Horse of the Year

08 December 2023

Last night, Thursday 7 December, saw the Racehorse Owners Association host its annual Horseracing Awards ceremony to crown the stars who have lit up the sport in 2023.

The event at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel saw owners, trainers and key industry figures gather to celebrate the highlights of another memorable year of incredible action on Britain’s racecourses, with the award winners decided by the votes of ROA members.

The ceremony concluded with the presentation of The ROA Horse of the Year award, which was won by Michael Buckley’s outstanding unbeaten Champion hurdler Constitution Hill, who in seven races has a cumulative winning margin of 89 lengths. Constitution Hill also won the Tote Outstanding Hurdler Award on the night, following his Outstanding Novice Hurdler Award at last year’s ROA ceremony.

This year’s ROA Owner of the Year is the Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. Fresh from the brilliance of Baeed in 2022, Shadwell’s iconic blue and white colours have had another incredible year on the track, led by the likes of Mostahdaf, Hukum and Al Husn for Sheikha Hissa, the head of Shadwell and daughter of its founder Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum.

The 16 categories were sponsored by The Large Independent Racecourses, Arena Racing Company, Sports4Causes, The Tote, Fitzdares and Owner Breeder Magazine.

Commenting on the Awards, ROA Chief Executive Charlie Liverton said “The ROA Awards continue to hold a special place in the hearts of the participants in British Horseracing and tonight’s event was as exciting as ever. The winners ranged from horses owned by small syndicates to some of the world’s biggest owner breeders and are voted for by the owners themselves. The sport is going through a period of change and challenge at the moment, but the enthusiasm in that room this evening demonstrates that the passion for racing is as strong as ever.”

The full list of winners is as follows:


Arena Racing Company

Outstanding All-Weather Horse


Lord North

HH Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed Racing

Large Independent Racecourses

Outstanding Juvenile


City Of Troy

Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

Large Independent Racecourses

Outstanding Sprinter



Hughes, Rawlings, O’Shaughnessy

Large Independent Racecourses

Outstanding Miler



Tabor, Smith, Magnier, Westerberg, Brant

Large Independent Racecourses

Outstanding Middle Distance Horse


Auguste Rodin

M Tabor & D Smith & Mrs J Magnier & Westerberg

Large Independent Racecourses

Outstanding Stayer



Singula Partnership

Large Independent Racecourses

Outstanding Filly or Mare


Highfield Princess

Trainers House Enterprises Limited

Sports4Causes Flat Special Achievement



TJE Racing

Tote Outstanding Novice Hurdler


Facile Vega

Hammer & Trowel Syndicate

Tote Outstanding Hurdler


Constitution Hill


Michael Buckley

Fitzdares Outstanding Novice Chaser


The Real Whacker


Neville, Mann, Duffus and Dennis

Fitzdares Outstanding Chaser


Galopin Des Champs


Mrs Audrey Turley

Owner Breeder magazine Outstanding National Hunt Mare



Kenneth Alexander

Sports4Causes National Hunt Special Achievement


Corach Rambler

The Ramblers

ROA Owner of the Year



Shadwell Estate Company Ltd

ROA Horse of the Year


Constitution Hill

Michael Buckley

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