Hong Kong Apprentice Matthew Poon was crowned Dux of the UBET Apprentice Academy at the 2016 Apprentice Academy Awards night at Morphettville Racecourse.
Matthew had an amazing first year in the saddle with 44 winners including seven in the city.
The special guest for the evening was Luke Nolen, who is famous for steering Black Caviar to 22 of her 25 victories. Luke spoke about how much hard work and dedication is needed to succeed in the racing game and was a great guest of honour.
Racing & General Knowledge (Junior) - Kayla Crowther
Racing & General Knowledge (Senior) - Caitlin Jones
Project Award (Junior) - Kayla Crowther
Project Award (Senior) - Eran Boyd
Public Speaking (Junior) - Kayla Crowther
Public Speaking (Senior) - Eran Boyd
Longest Priced Winner - Ryan Hurdle & Dylan Caboche
Simone Montgomerie Encouragement Award - Brandon Griffiths
Most Winners in an Academy Year - Matthew Poon
SA Racehorse Owners' Association Award - Eran Boyd
Caitlin Forrest Memorial Award - Eran Boyd
Minister for Racing Achievement Award - Matthew Poon
Most Improved Rider - Matthew Poon
Best 1st Year Apprentice - Matthew Poon
Best 2nd Year Apprentice - Dylan Caboche
Dux Runner Up - Emily Finnegan
Dux of the Apprentice Academy - Matthew Poon
Master of Dux of the Apprentice Academy - Richard Jolly