Ran Tan has won the Western Australian Racing Trainer’s Association Encouragement Award for December.

Tan rode his first winner at his 13th ride when guiding the Jarrad Humphries-trained Ruling Force at Bunbury last month.

Tan settled Ruling Force in second position before he kicked clear in the straight to defeat Assets ‘N’ Cash by a half-length.

Tan, indentured to Stephen Miller, ran two placings at Esperance’s season-opening meeting on November 29.