The ATA extends its congratulations to legendary trainer Bart Cummings, who won his second Fred Hoysted Award presented by Parnell’s Dual Joint Care Program, at the 2009 Victorian Thoroughbred Awards held on Sunday 9 August.
His outstanding training feats during the 2008 Melbourne Cup Carnival, which included winning his record twelfth Emirates Melbourne Cup with VIEWED, SWICK's barnstorming victory in the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic and DANDAAD's win in the Lavazza Long Black, polled 106 votes from the judging panel, just edging out Robbie Laing who received 99 votes for his remarkable efforts with SIR PENTIRE to win the Warrnambool Grand Annual after a two year absence from the racetrack.
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, Lee Freedman for winning the Mitchelton Wines Metropolitan Trainer of the Year, Darren Weir for taking out the Staging Connections Country Trainer of the Year and Robbie Laing’s effort with SIR PENTIRE being voted the TVN Most Memorable Moment.