Perth Premiership Champions

1
Aug

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.

JOCKEY

William Pike 135
Lucy Warwick 57
Clint Johnston-Porter 41
Patrick Carbery 39.5
Peter Knuckey 36
Jarrad Noske 30.5
Aaron Mitchell 28
Shaun McGruddy 26
Jake Casey 26
Steven Parnham 23

TRAINER

Adam Durrant 67
Grant Williams 63
Simon Miller 50
Justin Warwick 43.5
Neville Parnham 36
David Harrison 30
Fred Kersley 25
Dan Morton 25.5
Jim Taylor 22
Trevor Andrews 18

APPRENTICE

Clint Johnston-Porter 41
Aaron Mitchell 28
Jake Casey 26
Randy Tan 22
Lucy Warwick 21
Jordan Turner 18
Jerry Noske 5
Shelby Bowtell 4
Sarah Bonner 3
Emma Stent 2

Julio Santarelli
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