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The Queen awarded ROA honour

The Queen has been named Owner of the Year for 2013 by the Racehorse Owners Association.

Her Majesty was given the honour by the Racehorse Owners Association in recognition of her first success in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and her unparalleled commitment and contribution to the sport of horse racing over more than 60 years.

The accolade came on Thursday evening at the 32nd annual Horseracing Awards, this year sponsored by Weatherbys Hamilton, at London's InterContinental Hotel.

The award was collected on Her Majesty's behalf by her racing manager John Warren and his daughter Susannah.

ROA president Rachel Hood said: "British racing has been incredibly fortunate to benefit from Her Majesty The Queen's lifelong support and the remarkable success of Estimate in the Ascot Gold Cup was a very special occasion for the entire sport.

"On behalf of all racehorse owners, the Racehorse Owners Association is honoured and delighted to present the 2013 Racehorse Owner of the Year to The Queen."

Estimate was voted Outstanding Stayer, with the mare's trainer Sir Michael Stoute, representing Her Majesty, collecting the award for her.

Horse of the Year and Outstanding Chaser was the Caroline Mould-owned Sprinter Sacre, unbeaten over fences and a winner at each of the big three spring meetings, the Cheltenham Festival, the Grand National meeting at Aintree and the Punchestown Festival.

A second owner who took two awards was Sheikh Joaan Al Thani for his Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Treve (Outstanding Middle Distance Horse and Outstanding Filly and Mare).

Outstanding Miler was George Strawbridge's Moonlight Cloud, trained by Freddie Head, while the Outstanding Juvenile vote went to Charlie Hills-trained Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Chriselliam, owned by Willie Carson, Emily Asprey and Chris Wright.

Champion Hurdle winner Hurricane Fly, owned by George Creighton and Rose Boyd and unbeaten in six races last season, was voted Outstanding Hurdler.

The Outstanding Sprinter honour went to Lethal Force, owned by Alan Craddock.

Among jump racing's young stars, Simonsig, owned by Ronnie Bartlett and unbeaten over fences last season, was Outstanding Novice Chaser, while the Outstanding Novice Hurdler was The New One, owned by Mrs Sarah Such.

The Special Achievement Award went to Top Notch Tonto who topped a successful season by running the race of his life to finish runner-up in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot.