Bart Cummings is set to win a record third Fred Hoysted Medal after being named as one of five finalists for Victoria’s highest training honour.
The racing legend was the nation’s leading Group One trainer for the season and earned his nomination from the Australian Trainers’ Association after four of his seven winners at the elite level fell in the months of October and November.
Other finalists are Mick Price (August/September), David Hayes (December/January), Peter Moody (February/March) and Robert Smerdon (April/May).
The medal is awarded to the most outstanding trainer of the season based on performances on Victorian racetracks and will be announced at the Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Awards on August 8.
The sixth and remaining finalist, the trainer who excels during the months of June and July, will be announced on August 4.
Cummings, 82, won his first Fred Hoysted Medal in 2000 and added a second to his trophy cabinet last year.
Price earned his nomination after an impressive start to the season which culminated with a treble at Caulfield on September 19 which included the Group One Underwood Stakes with Heart Of Dreams.
Hayes, the 2007 Medallist, won selection for a memorable double at Flemington on January 30 when Nicconi captured the opening leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, the Group One Lightning Stakes.
On the same day European import Our Aqaleem, making his Australian debut and having his first run in 2-1/2 years after twice fracturing his pelvis, also won.
Moody was the dominant trainer throughout the 2010 Melbourne Festival of Racing landing a hat-trick of Group One races with Caulfield specialist Typhoon Tracy in the Orr Stakes and Futurity Stakes and Wanted in the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington.
Smerdon earned his nomination after training a record seven winners during the Warrnambool May racing carnival including the Brierly Steeplechase (Some Are Bent) and Galleywood Hurdle (Black And Bent).
During an amazing month Smerdon also landed the Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes at Flemington with Persian Star and prepared a treble at Moonee Valley on May 29.
Article by Robert Windmill Aapracing