Jockey Dwayne Dunn was the most recent recipient of the Scobie Breasley Medal, edging out four-time winner Craig Williams when the vote was tallied at Flemington Racecourse.
It was his first win of Racing Victoria’s prestigious award and was a welcome switch from the runner’s up finishes from three prior occasions.
It was doubly sweet for Dunn, who saw his son Dylan finish in sixth position in Breasley voting, while at the same time winning the premiership as the top metropolitan apprentice jockey.
The elder Dunn amassed 63 votes to Williams’ 58, even though Williams rode 70 to Dunn’s 66 metropolitan winners.
Williams took the jockeys premiership as the result of a spurt of wins in the waning days of the 2015 – 2016 season.
Eight-time winner Damien Oliver had 46 votes, good for third place, but his fortunes were negatively impacted by suspensions and a reduced itinerary.
The winning margin for Dunn resulted from his receiving 10 votes for the Spring Racing Carnival months of October and November, while Williams managed only four.
Dunn expressed some minor regrets over not winning the metropolitan jockeys premiership, as it would have served as a nice bookend to complement his Scobie Breasley award.