2016/2017 Canberra Premiership Award Winners
TRAINER OF THE YEAR WINNER: NICK OLIVE
Nick Olive has recorded his seventh win in the Canberra trainer’s premiership capping off a great season. Nick recorded 27 wins on the Canberra tracks, 18 on the Course Proper at a strike rate of 24% and nine on the Acton Track at a strike rate of 25% for the season to win
the premiership. Throughout the country, Nick recorded 43 winners from 278 starters at a strike rate of 15%. In total, his horses won $1,096,410 in prize money. Single Gaze was his stand out horse for the season winning the $200k Group 2 PJ O’Shea Stakes at Doomben, and
the $100k Listed Tails Stakes at the Gold Coast and $327,800 in prize money. Congratulations on another Canberra premiership win.
JOCKEY OF THE YEAR WINNER: BRENDAN WARD
Brendan Ward has recorded another great season on the Canberra tracks winning his sixth Canberra Racing Club Jockeys premiership, the last two being in succession. Brendan recorded 21 wins at Canberra, 15 wins on the Course Proper and six wins on the Acton Track. Brendan recorded a total of 61 race wins on NSW/ACT tracks with an 11% strike rate from his 554 race rides for the season. His mounts won a total of $1,178,698 in prize money. Since moving from Wodonga Victoria some years ago, Brendan has established himself as one of the top jockeys on the TAB race meeting
circuit in the region. Another well-deserved premiership win.
APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR WINNER: BROCK RYAN
Outstanding young rider, Brock Ryan, has won the Canberra Racing Club’s Apprentice Jockey Premiership. Brock recorded 12 wins at Canberra, 10 wins on the Course Proper and two wins on the Acton Track. Brock recorded 50 wins on NSW/ACT tracks recording a strike
rate of 10% from his 522 race rides. Brock is apprenticed to Gwenda Markwell at Kembla Grange, and from his 50 wins for the season, 30 wins were recorded at provincial tracks. Brock is set for a bright future in the saddle. Congratulations on winning the Canberra Apprentice Jockey’s
OWNERS OF THE YEAR
WINNERS: DR C G BEATON, MRS R A BEATON, R K LEES, R F GODDARD, MRS B HEADON, MRS E N HICKEY, MRS A M HICKEY, P W HICKEY, D J LAIRD, A G S OCHILTREE, MRS A OCHILTREE, L J OLIVE, N J OLIVE,
T J OLIVE, D G YATES, MRS K J YATES & ZAKRUGER RACING
The owner’s premiership was again very competitive this year with five groups of owners on three wins for the season. The winners were determined by count back based on second placings. The successful syndicate’s win was off the back of the great season recorded by their
horse Lord Denman, who recorded 3 Canberra wins and also took out the title of Horse of the Year. Congratulations to all the owners who have significantly contributed to the Canberra Racing Club and the racing industry in general.
HORSE OF THE YEAR WINNER: LORD DENMAN
Lightly raced three-year-old Lord Denman has won the Horse of the Year title winning three races at Canberra for the season, one win on the Course Proper and two wins on the Acton Track, as well as recording two second placings. The title was won on the count back of second placings
from Rhomlo, who recorded three wins and one second placing. Lord Denman, a bay gelding by Denman, had eight of his nine career starts on the Canberra tracks this season. He excelled on the Acton Track recording two wins, one second, one third and one fourth placing on the
track. In total, Lord Denman won $59,650 on the Canberra tracks this season. The connections of Lord Denman have a lot to look forward to with Lord Denman in the new season.
FOCUS AWARD WINNER: SINGLE GAZE & FELL SWOOP
The Focus Award is awarded to a horse that, through its performance and media coverage received throughout the season, attracts a focus on Canberra racing. This year, Single Gaze and Fell Swoop have both had outstanding seasons promoting the strength of Canberra racing
through their on-track performances. For the second year in succession, the award has been awarded jointly to these two great Canberra trained horses.
Single Gaze returned from her fall in the ATC Oaks and injury in the autumn of 2016 to record a very successful season. From her nine starts, she recorded two wins including the $200k Group 2 PJ O’Shea Stakes at Doomben and the $100k Listed Tails Stakes at the Gold Coast.
She also ran second in the $300k Group 2 Brisbane Cup and third in the $150k Group 3 Selwood Stakes at Rosehill.
Season Starts 9
Prize Money $327,800
Fell Swoop competed at the highest level through his seven starts for the season recording one second and three third placings. His stand out run was his third placing in the Group 1 $2.6million T J Smith Stakes at the Randwick Championships. He recorded a second placing in the $1
million Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley, and ran third in the $1 million Group 1 Darley Classic at Flemington. His other placing for the season was third in the Group 2 Schillaci. In addition, Fell Swoop was selected as the Inglis nomination in the $10 million Everest to be run at Randwick
on Saturday, 14 October 2017.
Group/Listed Races – 3 Group 1 placings
Season Starts 7
Prize Money $573,000
Group/Listed Races – One Group 2 win, one Listed win, two Group 2 seconds and one Group 3 third.
CONTRIBUTION TO ACT RACING INDUSTRY AWARD: KEITH DRYDEN
The 2016/2017 Contribution to ACT Racing Industry Award is awarded to Mr Keith Dryden. Keith Dryden has been involved in the racing industry for 49 years including time as a trainer and racehorse owner. For the past 18 years, Keith has been a member of the Canberra Racing Club
Committee. Keith’s first involvement in racing was in 1968 when he started helping out prominent Canberra trainer Jack Gordon on weekends. When Jack passed away in 1984, Keith took out a trainer’s licence starting off with one horse Kentucky Kingdom. Keith’s first winner
was in 1985 with Monvari, which Keith owned in partnership with Geoff Bloom who in later years went on to become Chairman of the Canberra Racing Club on two occasions.
Over the years, Keith built up his team producing over 1,250 winners to become one of the most prominent trainers in the ACT/NSW. Keith has won three Canberra Racing Club Trainers premierships and last season in partnership with Scott Collings finished fourth in the NSW
Country Trainers Premiership with 42 wins. Some of Keith’s top horses include Into The Night, Tumble On, Coolroom Candidate, De Lightning Ridge, Shamrock Days, and 2007 Canberra Cup winner Testa Grande to name a few. Into The Night, Keith’s best horse was well performed
in high-quality Group and Listed Races. Into The Night won the 2003 Group 2 QTC Cup at Eagle Farm, ran 2nd in the 2003 Group 1 Salinger at Flemington, 3rd in the 2003 Group 1 Stradbroke at Eagle Farm, and won consecutive Listed Hilton on The Parks in 2002 and 2003. Into
the Night was invited to compete in the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint in 2003 finishing unplaced behind the champion sprinter Silent Witness. Keith has had some great riders ride for him including international great Lester Piggott, George Mulley and Darren Beadman, and had a long and
successful association with Kevin Sweeney. Keith has also contributed to the industry by taking on apprentice jockeys throughout his training career including Jay Ford the regular rider of the Champion Takeover Target, and Karen Dodds who was one of the early
female apprentices. As a member of the Committee for 18 years, Keith has been a party to all of the significant developments at the Club. He has been involved in the development of the construction of the Acton Track and subsequent surface replacement, reconstruction of the Course
Proper and the upgrading of the training facilities, facilities upgrades, prize money development and support with sponsorship. It is fitting that Keith Dryden who has devoted almost half a century of his life to the racing industry be awarded the Contribution to Racing Award.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL SEASON