He further said, should she lose out on the award this year:
“For what she has done for the last three years, I would have to say that would be a real slap in the face"He also said he thinks the award should have been split between Rachel and Zenyatta in '09.
It seems that Shirreffs feels Zenyatta's continued dominance in 2010 diminishes Rachel's dominance in 2009. For 2009, Rachel was 8-0, with 3 Grade 1 wins against males. You can't go back in time and make the award a "Lifetime Achievement Award". If so, Zenyatta wins hands down. But the award is for Horse of the Year, and that is a whole different animal.