Outstanding season on track for Lee
BALLINA trainer Stephen Lee has won 2014/15 Clarence River Jockey Club Trainer of the Year award.
The award is presented to the trainer who tallies the most winners from all the meetings held at the Grafton Racecourse throughout the season.
Lee, who had 10 runners at Grafton yesterday, trained a total of 14 winners at the track.
"It's very much appreciated," Lee said. "The horses always go well here and the track's always in good condition. So thanks to the staff here and also thanks to my owners."
Ben Looker won leading jockey and Priscilla Schmidt apprentice jockey.
Meanwhile Andrew Adkins, who was unable to attend the recent 2015/16 Northern Rivers Racing Association presentation at Casino, was on hand to receive the Apprentice of the Year prize from NRRA chairman Bob Pavitt.
"Andrew has quickly made a mark and looks like he might follow the path of others to win this award," Pavitt said. "Benny Looker won the actual jockey's premiership this year and, of course, Zac Purton went onto great things."
Adkins rode 17 winners, which was one more than Cassandra Schmidt and first-year rookie Samantha Polo.