Adam Durrant finished the season in style when progressive four-year-old Majinika posted back-to-back wins in the Young Membership 2016/17 Handicap (1200m) at Belmont on Saturday, giving the Karnup stable their sixth consecutive Perth Trainer’s premiership.
Durrant, who is enjoying an extended break from racing, ended the 2015-16 season on 67 metropolitan wins, four clear of Grant Williams and 15 ahead of third placegetter, Simon Miller, with his haul including victories in five stakes races.
Durrant prepared Ideal Image in the Asian Beau Stakes (Group 3) and Jungle Dawn Classic (Listed), Real Love in the Asian Beau Stakes (Group 3) and Dreamtime Dancer in the Challenge Stakes (Listed) and Ascot 1000 Guineas (Listed).
Williams won 13 black-type races including the Kingston Town Classic (Group 1), Champion Fillies Stakes (Group 3) and Belgravia Stakes (Listed) with glamour filly, Perfect Reflection, who won her opening five races.
40-year-old Miller finished the season with a bang by taking out the final two features with Rosmartini in the Belmont Classic and First Among Equals, racing first-up this preparation, in the Bolton Sprint.
Rising young talent Clint Johnston-Porter won Leading Apprentice with 41 wins, his tally good enough to finish third behind William Pike and Lucy Warwick in Leading Jockey honours.
Pike’s record-breaking season ended a week early because of suspension, the champion hoop setting a new benchmark of 135 wins, smashing the previous record of 116 wins set by Paul Harvey in 1999-2000.