Premiership winners

Trainer Nick Olive and Jockey Brendan Ward added to their ACT premiership tallies when the 2016/2017 racing season wrapped up in Canberra on Friday.

Olive looked out of the race mid-season but with winning trebles at the last two meetings saw him on even points with the Dryden/Collings stable.  Olive secured the premiership with 3win up at the end of the day.

To add to the merit the Olive stable achieved a 24% strike rate on the Canberra course proper and 25% on the Acton synthetic.

Backing every horse from the yard would have produced a 41% profit-on-turnover which is remarkable for such a high-profile stable and a testament to the strength and competitiveness of racing in the capital.  

The Olive trained Lord Denman also took out the Horse of the Year Award, rounding out his last points with a third place on 28 July.

The up-and-coming Brock Ryan took out the ACT apprentice title despite an injury lay-off.

The first Canberra meeting of the new season will be held on the Acton track on Friday 11 August.