Caviar team sweeps Victorian awards
The domination of Black Caviar, her jockey Luke Nolen and trainer Peter Moody continued off the track at Sunday night’s Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Awards. In the most anticipated result, sprinting heroine Black Caviar was crowned Victorian Racehorse of the Year ahead of middle distance champion So You Think.
Both horses won four Group One races on Victorian tracks during the 2010-11 season, but it was Black Caviar who was voted the standout performer by members of the Victorian racing media.
Black Caviar amassed 150 votes to Cox Plate winner So You Think’s 134 with Melbourne Cup winner Americain (28) and Blue Diamond Stakes winner Sepoy (17) the best of others.
It was the second consecutive year that a Moody-trained mare had claimed Victorian racing’s highest equine honour with Typhoon Tracy taking the 2010 title.
Moody, 42, upstaged a star-studded field, including three-time winner Bart Cummings, to claim his first Fred Hoysted Medal in recognition of his efforts during the 2011 Melbourne Festival of Racing with Black Caviar, Typhoon Tracy, Do Ra Mi, Lights Of Heaven and Miss Gai Flyer.
The Fred Hoysted Medal, voted on by a selection committee headed by the Australian Trainers Association (ATA), is awarded in recognition of the most outstanding training performance of the racing season.
The night’s headline award, the Scobie Breasley Medal, was won for the first time by 31-year-old Nolen who amassed 64 votes – 19 more than second placed Craig Newitt.
Ben Melham, the only other jockey to ride Black Caviar last season, finished third with 37 votes, one ahead of four-time Breasley Medallist Craig Williams.
Nolen was the recipient of votes, awarded by Racing Victoria stewards, at 29 race meetings for the best rides at each metropolitan meeting.
But he got nothing for any of his five winning rides on Black Caviar.
Champion jumps jockey Steven Pateman claimed his fourth Tommy Corrigan Medal in five years amassing 38 votes, 25 clear of second-placed Gavin Bedgood with Trent Wells another vote back third.
In the night’s most touching moment, Brenton Primmer’s emotional return to the winners’ circle at this year’s Warrnambool carnival was voted by the public as the highlight of the 2010-11 season scoring a landslide victory in the Most Memorable Moment award.
Primmer’s fledgling riding career ended in 2006 when he suffered serious injuries in a fall at Warrnambool.
After years of rehabilitation, Primmer is now licensed as a co-trainer with his father Mark and led in his first winner Orientaped at Warrnambool in May.