Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller was presented his seventh successive Bart Cummings Medal during last night’s NSW Racing’s Night of Champions awards held at Royal Randwick.
The Bart Cummings Medal point score – honouring the legendary trainer who passed away just under two years ago – is comprised of votes from leading Sydney racing journalists.
Chris Waller cleared away in the Bart Cummings Medal point scores with 92 points for the season, well in advance of runner-up Hugh Bowman (51 points) with Brenton Avdulla finishing third on 44 points. Waller also collected the T.J. Smith Award for Sydney’s leading trainer with 152 winners.
“Sydney racing has never been stronger and for Chris Waller and his team to continually be front runners is testament to Chris’s skill, expertise and hard work,” said Mr Peter V’landys AM, Racing NSW’s Chief Executive.
“Winning seven straight Bart Cummings Medals and Sydney trainers’ premierships is an amazing accomplishment. Chris has branded himself a leader in our sport.”
Superstar Winx took out the titles as the TAB.com.au NSW Champion Horse of the Year; Whitby Bloodstock Miler of the Year and NZ Bloodstock Middle-Distance Horse of the Year while ‘Team Winx’ were awarded the NSW Racing Writers’ Personality of the Year with Fairfax’s Chris Roots commenting on their decision “The joy of having a champion racehorse has been generously shared around by Team Winx. From owners Peter Tighe, Debbie Kepitis and Richard Treweeke, through to trainer Chris Waller and jockey Hugh Bowman, the group has been open with the public about plans for their champion, even as expectations have risen with every win.” – Racing NSW.