Big night of cel­e­bra­tions for Wan­garatta Turf Club

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

ALONG with the Hall of Fame in­duc­tion of Peter MacAl­lis­ter, lo­cal train­ers were recog­nised for their train­ing ef­forts dur­ing Wan­garatta Turf Club’s awards on Satur­day evening.

Steve Cun­ning­ham won the Wan­garatta Equine Em­po­rium Trainer of the Year with 18 wins for the sea­son, with Dan McCarthy run­ning sec­ond with 17 wins.

Mr McCarthy won the Wan­garatta Equine Em­po­rium Best Strike Rate of the year with an im­pres­sive win­ning strike rate of 28.33 per cent fol­lowed by Adrian Cor­boy with a 20 per cent win­ning strike rate.

The Ledger Rac­ing team won the Wan­garatta Equine Em­po­rium Most Wan­garatta Wins with six wins for the sea­son on the home track, fol­lowed by Dan McCarthy with four.

The Wan­garatta Equine Em­po­rium Horse of the Year went to Ashlor who is owned by David and Alan Strain and trained by Dan McCarthy.

Ashlor had a win­ning strike rate of 54 per cent mak­ing the most of 11 starts for six wins, in­clud­ing three of them in the city amass­ing $194,400 in prize money for the year.

“It is great for Ashlor to be recog­nised as a stand­out horse for Wan­garatta,” Mr McCarthy said.

“Win­ning six races in a sea­son is very rare, es­pe­cially with three in metropoli­tan class... it is some­thing that has not been done by many horses from Wan­garatta.

“Own­ers, David and Alan Strain have put sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment into the lo­cal rac­ing In­dus­try and it is great to also see them recog­nised.

“David bred Ashlor who is a full brother to the other im­pres­sive horse in the sta­ble in Ash­dam.”

This sea­son McCarthy is tar­get­ing Ashlor to­wards the Christ­mas Hand­i­cap on Boxing Day at Caulfield be­fore hav­ing a light sum­mer cam­paign to pre­pare for the $1 mil­lion Good­wood Hand­i­cap in May.

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