Pierro gelding Regal Power has been crowned 2021/22 WA Racehorse of the Year at the WA Thoroughbred Racing Awards this evening.
The six-year-old doubled down on his noble status, also taking the award for racehorses aged four years and older in a terrific season highlighted by a thrilling Group 1 Kingston Town Classic win.
With a clean sweep of Perth’s three Group 1 races, Peters Investments took out top breeder with another remarkable season.
Since stepping into thoroughbred racing in 1973, WA Racing Hall of Fame inductee Bob Peters has become Western Australia’s most respected owner-breeder, continuing to stamp his renowned position worldwide over the past season.
Simon Miller’s stable star Amelia’s Jewel won the two-year-old racehorse title, while the Dan Morton-trained Alaskan God was awarded the top honour for three-year-olds.
Champion trainer Adam Durrant capped off a tremendous season, again winning the title of Leading Metropolitan and Provincial Trainer.
Durrant produced feature wins including the Bunbury Cup and the Ascot 1000 Guineas, and fantastic performances from stable stars True Attraction and Beret, both performing very well throughout the season.
Champion rider Chris Parnham celebrated a remarkable season by taking home the award for Leading Metropolitan Jockey, with his outstanding form including wins in the WATC Derby and the Summer Scorcher.
Clint Johnston-Porter was awarded the Leading Provincial Jockey for an outstanding season on the provincial circuit, which included 97 wins.
Young gun Laqdar Ramoly won Leading Metropolitan Apprentice with 39 wins including an impressive ride on Nerodio to take out the Beaufine Stakes in July.
Holly Watson has taken every opportunity to shine and was crowned Leading Provincial Apprentice Jockey with a successful racing season, which consisted of 40 wins including the listed Pinjarra Cup aboard Jadavi.
Champion stallion Blackfriars was awarded Leading Sire for the twelfth consecutive time, while Broadway Belle and Stormy Nova were recognised as Leading Broodmares.
Chief Racing Officer David Hunter applauded the award winners and thanked the thoroughbred racing community for their commitment.
“We have seen an exceptional racing season on the metropolitan and provincial circuits, where the talent within the thoroughbred racing community has shone.
“It is a pleasure to celebrate their successes and the important role they play in enriching the sport in Western Australia.
“I congratulate all of tonight’s award winners.” David said.
The 2021/22 Thoroughbred of the Year Awards were attended by around 230 guests at the Westin Hotel, Perth.
2021/22 WA Thoroughbred Award Winners:
• WA Racehorse of the Year: Regal Power
• 2YO Racehorse of the Year: Amelia’s Jewel
• 3YO Racehorse of the Year: Alaskan God
• 4UP Racehorse of the Year: Regal Power
• Leading Metropolitan and Provincial Trainer: Adam Durrant
• Leading Metropolitan Jockey: Chris Parnham
• Leading Provincial Jockey: Clint Johnston-Porter
• Leading Metropolitan Apprentice Jockey: Laqdar Ramoly
• Leading Provincial Apprentice Jockey: Holly Watson
• Leading Sire: Blackfriars
• Leading Broodmares: Broadway Belle and Stormy Nova
• Leading Breeder: Peters Investments