Geraldton stalwart Gordon Spowart claimed a remarkable 20th Geraldton Trainer’s premiership and Sarah Childs her second after they shared the honours on Sunday.
Childs entered the final meeting of the season holding a two win advantage, but Spowart drew level on 16 wins after a double with Trademark and Lady Satab.
The exciting conclusion to the 2017-18 season went deep into race five and was the first time in Geraldton racing history that the trainer’s tile was shared.
A delighted Childs, who became the first female to win Geraldton’s training title in 2015-16, said she was honoured to share a second title with Spowart.
“I’m proud to share it with Gordon who is a stalwart of Geraldton racing,” Childs said.
“I want to thank my owners and my staff who put in the hard work behind the scenes.
“It’s a great team effort and reward for the work that we put in.
“I trained more winners than when I won it the other season which is pleasing.
“We had a few setbacks along the way so it was good to end on a high.”
Childs refers to the cruel loss of Iron Boss from colic and Nat The Fyfe, who faces a battle to recover from a tendon injury.
Lifting her spirits was the performance of stable newcomer Akiko, a smart winner of four races during the Geraldton season.
“She was the standout and went to another level,” Childs said.
Ryan Hill clinched Jockey of the Year, his first senior title and Brodie Kirby, despite missing a chunk of the season due to injury, was crowned Leading Apprentice.
Murray Sharp’s bay gelding, Anisau, won Horse of the Year. The son of Demerit claimed three wins and five placings from his nine starts.