WARRNAMBOOL-based jumps jockey Shane Jackson won his first Tommy Corrigan Medal at the Victorian Racing Awards night in Melbourne on Saturday.
The award for the leading jumps jockey for the 2019 season in Victoria and South Australia is voted by stewards on a 2-1 basis.
Jackson, who relocated from Ireland to Warrnambool in August 2012, picked up 19 votes to defeat last year's runner-up Richard Cully by two votes with eight-time Corrigan medalist Steven Pateman third on 15 votes.
Jackson combined with leading jumps trainer Eric Musgrove for some success in the 2019 season and the veteran mentor acknowledged the efforts of the Irish-born jumps jockey.
"The medal is a great reward for Shane," he said.
"He's a hard-working jockey who deserves the medal. Shane rode a few winners for my stable this season.
"He's held in high regard by various jumps trainers which means he's often hard to get to ride horses for our stable."
Former Brauer College student Teo Nugent was also recognised for his first win in the Victorian apprentice jockeys' premiership, with the 21-year-old amassing 86 winners across the state during the 2018-19 season.
The night saw champion jockey Damien Oliver take home his 10th Scobie Breasley Medal. The Scobie Breasley recognises excellence in riding during the racing season, the votes are lodged by Racing Victoria stewards on a 3-2-1 basis at each metropolitan race meeting.
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