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An outstanding 2010-11 Racing Season was capped off on Thursday night at the ‘Racing’s Night of Champions’ award evening at Royal Randwick, the big winners from the season being NSW Champion Horse of the Year More Joyous and premiership winning trainer Chris Waller who was honoured with the NSW Bart Cummings Medal.
Gai Waterhouse’s glamour mare More Joyous received the night’s highest thoroughbred honour, the daughter of More Than Ready by Sunday Silence mare Sunday Joy having enjoyed a record 2010-11 season on the track.
Owned by John Singleton, the now five-year-old More Joyous won eight of her 10 season starts including a quartet of elite level victories having taken out the 2010 George Main Stakes, 2010 Toorak Handicap, 2011 Futurity Stakes and 2011 Queen of the Turf Stakes.
More Joyous enjoyed a hat-trick also taking out the NSW Sprinter / Miler of the Year award and Queen of the Autumn title.
Other celebrated equine champions at last night’s ceremony include Peter Snowden’s dual Group 1 winning colt Sepoy who snared NSW 2YO of the Year and stablemate Retrieve who was named NSW 3YO of the year.
Meanwhile, pin-up Sydney horseman Chris Waller celebrated a sensational season as the recipient of the Bart Cummings Medal, as voted by the city’s senior racing journalists.
Waller topped the votes with 86 points, easily accounting for his closest rival Peter Snowden who finished on 57 points.
It was a double shot of glory for Waller last night, as he also took out the TJ Smith Award for his 117 season winners.
“Chris Waller has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence in Sydney’s training ranks and you don’t climb the trainers’ ladder so quickly without hard work, dedication and commitment, Racing NSW’s Chief Executive Peter V’landys said.
“Chris and his team have worked exceptionally hard over the past few seasons and the TJ Smith Award and Bart Cummings Medal are fitting rewards for their efforts.”
The Waller-trained Stand To Gain was also recognised as the NSW Stayer of the Year.
Other award recipients included jockeys Nash Rawiller, on 91 wins collecting the George Moore Award for his Sydney Jockeys’ Premiership success, and Josh Adams (43 wins) who captured the Theo Green Award for the season’s best apprentice in Sydney.
The new racing season is now well and truly underway, with the likes of Sepoy resuming this Saturday ahead of the big spring features.
Sepoy is set for his first-up assignment in the $100,000 Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield, and is odds-on favourite to salute paying $1.35 at Luxbet.
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Award Winning Horses NSW 2010-11
LUXBET.COM NSW CHAMPION HORSE OF THE YEAR – More Joyous (NZ)
NSW 2YO OF THE YEAR – Sepoy
NSW 3YO – Retrieve
NSW SPRINTER/MILER OF THE YEAR – More Joyous (NZ)
NSW MIDDLE DISTANCE HORSE OF THE YEAR – So You Think (NZ)
NSW STAYER OF THE YEAR – Stand To Gain (Ire)
QUEEN OF THE AUTUMN – More Joyous (NZ)
NSW COUNTRY CHAMPION HORSE OF THE YEAR – Voice Commander
NSW PROVINCIAL CHAMPION HORSE OF THE YEAR – Hay List
Bart Cummings Medal 2010-11 Final Standings
86 – Chris WALLER
57 – Peter SNOWDEN
47 – Corey BROWN
47 – Jim CASSIDY
41 – Tim CLARK
41 – Gai WATERHOUSE
34 – Nash RAWILLER
27 – Brenton AVDULLA
25 – Hugh BOWMAN
25 – Glyn SCHOFIELD
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