Victorian racing industry participants will descend on The Park, in Albert Park, this Monday, 20 August for the Victorian Jockey and Trainer Awards.
The ceremony will celebrate the standout performers on Victorian racetracks during the 2017-18 racing season, which culminated on 31 July 2018.
The recipient of Victorian racing’s most prestigious accolade, the Scobie Breasley Medal, will be unveiled, with the 2017 winner Craig Williams among the leading contenders again this year.
Emerging star Damian Lane, eight-time winner Damien Oliver, and leading apprentices Ethan Brown and Ben Allen are amongst the other jockeys expected to figure prominently in the voting.
Votes for the award, which is named in honour of the late Hall of Fame jockey Scobie Breasley, are polled on a 3-2-1 basis by Racing Victoria (RV) Stewards for the rides deemed to be the best at each metropolitan meeting during the season.
The Scobie Breasley Medal is one of a number of prestigious awards set to be presented on Monday afternoon. The others include the:
• Fred Hoysted Medal – awarded to the single most outstanding training performance of the season. This year’s finalists (in alphabetical order) are: Grahame Begg (Written By), Kathryn Durden (Wells), the Lindsay Park team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig (Redkirk Warrior and Harlem), Joseph O’Brien (Rekindling) and Chris Waller (Winx);
• Tommy Corrigan Medal – awarded to the season’s leading jumps jockey;
• Colin Alderson Rising Star - awarded to the most outstanding trainer under 40 years of age, who has held a trainer’s licence for seven years or less;
• Most Valuable Jockey – a new category, which is voted on by the Victorian jockeys themselves; and
• One To Watch – another new category in which Victorian riders have elected their rising star of the jockeys’ room.
The 2017-18 Victorian Premiership Awards, covering the state, metropolitan and apprentice categories, will also be presented during the ceremony