Star jockey Michael Rodd capped a memorable weekend when, some 24 hours after riding Atlantic Jewel to victory in her stunning return, he won his first Scobie Breasley Medal at a gala function on Sunday evening.
Rodd, 31, stable rider for Mark Kavanagh’s Flemington yard, saw off the favourite, Glen Boss, who had won his first Victorian Premiership in the 2012-13 season.
Votes for the Scobie are awarded to the most outstanding rider at Victoria’s 115 metropolitan race meetings, with votes lodged on a 3-2-1 basis by Racing Victoria’s panel of stewards for the rides deemed to be the best at any particular meeting.
Rodd picked up 42 votes, with Dwayne Dunn (40) finishing in second place for the second year running. Brad Rawiller was third on 39 votes, while Boss, despite the fact he rode 18 more metro winners than anyone else, tied for fourth place alongside champion apprentice Chad Schofield on 35 votes.
While Atlantic Jewel might be favourite to supplant wonder horse Black Caviar in public affections now that the great mare has been retired, Peter Moody’s champion still casts an enormous shadow.
The daughter of Bel Esprit won twice in Melbourne and once in Sydney on her return to action last season, and her victory in record time in the Lightning Stakes at Flemington – named after her – and the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley were enough to garner her the votes from the racing media to secure another triumph in the Victorian Racehorse of the Year award.
She polled 115 votes, scoring from her half-brother All Too Hard (87 votes), with Cox Plate hero Ocean Park (55 votes) third.
South Australian trainer Daniel Clarken was little known to most Victorian punters until the autumn when his diminutive filly Miracles Of Life won Victoria’s premier race for two-year-olds, the Blue Diamond Stakes.
Those performances were enough for a panel of selectors, headed by the Australian Trainers’ Association, to hand him the Fred Hoysted Medal, awarded to the handler achieving the most outstanding training performance of the season.
Clarken won from Gary Hennessy, trainer of New Zealand raider Ocean Park, and Robert Hickmott, who sent out Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon.
Steven Pateman is almost as big a certainty for the Tommy Corrigan Medal for outstanding jumps riders as Black Caviar was when she went around in any of her races, and the jumps jockey won his sixth Corrigan trophy in seven years, beating off the challenge of Irishman John Allen, with Brad McLean, who won the Australian Steeple last week at Sandown, third.
The leading apprentice’s award went to the champion junior rider, Chad Schofield.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.