The feature jumps races might be over for another year, but Steven Pateman continues to rack up wins.
The champion jumps rider capped a dominant season with yet another win in the Tommy Corrigan Medal.
It was the fifth time in six years that Pateman has won the award, which recognises the season's most outstanding jumps rider.
Votes are lodged on a 2-1 basis by the officiating stewards’ panel at every Victorian and South Australian jumps meeting.
Pateman was honoured to complete a hat-trick of wins in the award, which he also claimed in 2007 and 2008.
“I could get used to this,” he said understatedly.
“It's great that the jumps jockeys get recognised here tonight.
“I suppose this is a way of being appreciated for your hard work and, with the history behind Tommy Corrigan, which is one of the factors behind why jumps racing is so special, it's a real thrill to win it again.”
Pateman edged to within one of equalling six-time winner Craig Durden's record when he polled 53 votes to score an emphatic 40-vote win.
After winning five of the six jumps races at the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival – including the Grand Annual Steeplechase and Galleywood Hurdle – Pateman went on to win numerous other features.
He completed the Grand National Hurdle-Grand National Steeplechase double aboard Brungle Cry and Bashboy respectively, while he scored further J.J. Houlahan Jumps Championship wins in the Crisp Steeplechase (Bashboy) and Jack Dow Memorial Hurdle (Palmero).
Leading home the trailing division behind Pateman was Irish jockey John Allen on 13 votes, while rounding out the top five were Gavin Bedggood (12), Brad McLean (11) and Trent Wells (8), all of whom enjoyed feature races success this year in the J.J. Houlahan Championship.