The ATA extends its congratulations to legendary trainer and racing icon Bart Cummings, who won a record third Fred Hoysted Award, at the 2010 Victorian Thoroughbred Awards held on Sunday 8 August.
Cummings won the Fred Hoysted Medal presented by Sport 927 for the most outstanding training performance of the season courtesy of his dominant 2009 Spring Racing Carnival.
In the space of four weeks during October and November, 82-year-old Cummings won four Group 1 races – BMW Caulfield Cup (Viewed), Tatts Cox Plate (So You Think), Crown Oaks (Faint Perfume) and David Jones Toorak Handicap (Allez Wonder).
His achievements not only struck accord with the Hoysted voting panel, but with the public who selected his performance as the TVN Most Memorable Moment of the Victorian racing season. Bart's Dominance captured 34% of the vote with Magnificent Seven, Robert Smerdon's record-breaking seven winners during the 2010 Tabcorp Warrnambool May Carnival, next on 26%.
Since its inception in 1998, the Fred Hoysted Medal has been won by some of the all-time greats including Hall of Fame members Jack Denham, Jim Houlahan, Lee Freedman and David Hayes. Sheila Laxon, trainer of BMW Caulfield Cup and Emirates Melbourne Cup winning mare Ethereal, is the only female to win the award.
The ATA would also like to congratulate ATA Members, Peter Moody for an outstanding year which saw him take out the Michelton Wines Metropolitan Trainers Premiership (83 wins), and Darren Weir for receiving the George Hanlon Trophy for training the most winners (122) in country Victoria during the season.