Singleton rider Mikayla Weir claims Cessnock apprentice jockey of the year honour

WINNER: Mikayla Weir pictured with her partner Jock Bone Langdon at the Newcastle Jockey Club's annual awards on Tuesday evening.

WINNER: Mikayla Weir pictured with her partner Jock Bone Langdon at the Newcastle Jockey Club's annual awards on Tuesday evening.

The Todd Howlett racing stable team has paid tribute to Mikayla Weir after she took out Cessnock leading apprentice of the year at the Newcastle Jockey Club's annual awards on Tuesday night.

Last season the Singleton based jockey rode 57 winners and so far this season has ridden the winners of six races; with the latest winner being Fair Dinkum at Kempsey on September 2.

The most successful stable partnership for Weir in the past years has been with Todd Howlett followed by Jane Clement.

Jockey Andrew Gibbons, trainer Kris Lees and Hunter-based syndicators Australian Bloodstock shared the achiever of the year that evening.

WINNERS: Newcastle trainer Kris Lees and jockey Andrew Gibbons, who is pictured sporting the Australian Bloodstock colours. Picture: Simone De Peak.

WINNERS: Newcastle trainer Kris Lees and jockey Andrew Gibbons, who is pictured sporting the Australian Bloodstock colours. Picture: Simone De Peak.

The trio enjoyed remarkable success, often together, in the 2018-19 season, which was celebrated at Newcastle Racecourse.

Gibbons rode 137 winners, including 18 on his home track to claim the Newcastle premiership. He went well beyond his previous best of 79 to finish second in NSW and fifth in Australia.

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