Big night of celebrations for Wangaratta Turf Club
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.