Victorian Racing Awards: Oliver, O’Brien, Nature Strip Claim Silverware

Thu 27th August 2020

Victorian racing celebrated the stars of the 2019/2020 season with a virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday night.

Jockey Damien Oliver claimed his 11th Scobie Breasley Medal, awarded for his excellence in riding during the metropolitan season.

Oliver finished with 61 votes, 10 clear from Dwayne Dunn in second place, with Craig Williams rounding out the podium in third place.

Craig Williams didn’t go without reward, as he secured his fifth consecutive, and ninth career overall Metropolitan Jockeys’ Premiership, with 70 winners during the season.

Star sprinter Nature Strip took out the Victorian Racehorse of the Year award, polling 62 votes, ahead of Cox Plate winner Lys Gracieux (57 votes), and Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare (50 votes).

Nature Strip took out two Group 1s in Victoria during the season, with wins in the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley, and the Darley Sprint Classic at Flemington.

Watch: Nature Strip’s dominant all-the-way victory in the Group 1 Darley Sprint Classic.

Danny O’Brien collected his first Fred Hoysted Medal, thanks to his exceptional training performances throughout the season, with highlights including Vow And Declare’s Melbourne Cup, Miami Bound’s VRC Kennedy Oaks, and Russian Camelot’s South Australian Derby.

Watch: Russian Camelot winding up in the South Australian Derby.

From Muswellbrook to the Melbourne Cup, Will is mad about all things racing and sport. Spent countless hours in the backyard as a child pretending to be Glenn McGrath, and has been known to get deadly late swing with a taped tennis ball.