This Festival of Racing we have been treated to some of the world's best horses, trainers and jockeys wowing us every week. We've compiled a list of the 2017 Festival's top performers - make sure you continue to follow their success as we power towards the Spring Racing Carnival!
A part of racing royalty, David Hayes has been a force to be reckoned with ever since he took over the Lindsay Park empire in 1990, after the retirement of his father Colin. This Festival of Racing, David had a brilliant campaign, with his most noteworthy win being the Lexus Newmarket Handicap on Super Saturday with Regan Bayliss on board Redkirk Warrior, his first Newmarket win since 1993.
The King of Ballarat, this year Darren Weir became the face of the 2017 Festival of Racing, which served fitting as he currently sits at number 1 on the Trainer's Premiership Ladder! With countless raceday wins this Festival, Darren's biggest win came from the TAB Australian Cup with Humidor. Make sure you check out Hamish McLachlan's Turf Talks interview with Darren Weir.
Alongside Darren Weir, Katelyn Mallyon also served as the face of the 2017 Festival of Racing Campaign, including starring in her own Turf Talks video with Hamish McLachlan, which you can view here. Continuing on her fantastic form from last year's Spring Racing Carnival, Katelyn went on to win multiple races during the Festival - her most notable being the Torney Night Cup at The Valley.
We featured Regan as a key Jockey to Watch during this year's Festival of Racing, and he proved us right in every way. Currently sitting 5th in the Victorian wide Jockey Premiership Ladder, Regan truly took the Festival by storm. His best raceday win? The Newmarket Handicap, with trainer David Hayes and horse Redkirk Warrior.
A raceday favourite throughout the Festival, Craig's effort this Festival of Racing was second to none. Throughout Craig's illustrious career, he has won races at the highest level in Hong Kong, Japan, France, the UK, the UAE and Australia among 39 Group 1 victories. Craig's top 2017 Festival of Racing win would have to be the Blue Diamond Stakes riding Catchy.
At only 17 years old, Ben is one of the youngest but most successful Festival of Racing Jockeys. Racing regularly for the likes of Darren Weir, Ben managed to come out victorious during the Festival and is currently sitting at 7th on the Premiership Ladder.
Taking out the Blue Diamond Stakes this year, Catchy proved her merit as a fantastic racehorse. Ridden by Craig Williams, the pair proved to be the perfect race day duo this Festival of Racing!
With 12 joint owners, Humidor proves that the everyday racing fan can be part of something amazing. Taking out the Australian Cup this year for Darren Weir, Humidor's Spring Racing Carnival campaign is looking very promising indeed.
Plagued by feet troubles, Redkirk Warrior was just that - a warrior - this Festival of Racing. Trainer David Hayes was a very happy man with Redkirk Warrior's campaign this Festival and we're sure there will be much more in store heading towards Spring.
The Australian Guineas champion this year, Hey Doc was a brilliant asset to trainer Troy McEvoy this Festival of Racing and is currently sitting 3rd on the Premiership Ladder!