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Fiorente Crowned Victorian Horse Of The Year
Meanwhile, last year's Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente was crowned Victorian Racehorse of the Year for 2013/14 at an awards ceremony at crown casino in Melbourne last night. The retired son of Monsun had seven starts in Victoria during the 2013-14 season, with two Gr1 wins and two Gr2 wins for trainer Gai Waterhouse, headlined by Melbourne Cup (3200m) success in the spring and his Darley Australian Cup (2000m) triumph in the autumn. The voting was tight with Fiorente (116 votes) narrowly defeating star sprinter Lankan Rupee (103), with Cox Plate winner Shamus Award (25) and Atlantic Jewel (19) rounding out the top four. Fiorente (Monsun-Desert Bloom, by Pilsudski) will stand his first season at stud at Eliza Park International this year at a fee of $17,600.