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Bart Cummings Medal For NSW Best & Fairest
Racing NSW announced the launch of the Bart Cummings Medal, commencing from August 1 "to acknowledge consistent, outstanding performances amongst jockeys & trainers at NSW metropolitan race meetings through the racing season". The award is named after Sydney's 80-year-old trainer Bart Cummings (who boasts 249 Gr1-winners, including 11 winners Melbourne Cups & 4 Golden Slippers). Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'Landys noted: "Racing is one of the major sports in Australia & the Bart Cummings Medal will provide due recognition of the achievements in our industry, similar to that afforded by Best & Fairest awards in other sports such as the Brownlow Medal (AFL), the Dally M (rugby league) & the Allan Border Medal (cricket). The results & point score table will be published up until 6 weeks prior to the end of season before the count goes behind closed doors; this will ensure a build-up on the night the Medal is awarded, similar to the Dally M Medal. As well as the Bart Cummings Medal, a major prize will also be awarded to the inaugural recipient." Each week the judging panel will award points on a 3-2-1 basis to the jockeys or trainers they consider the outstanding performers at Sydney metropolitan race meetings in that week.