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2017 Melbourne Cup Eve Luncheon
MONDAY, November 6th
THREE-time Grand National Steeplechase winner Wells is
Wells beat eight other nominations for the title at the Thoroughbred Club of Geelong's annual Geelong Racing Awards dinner at Rydges Geelong.
The 10-year-old gelding earned the title for his second Grand National at Ballarat in August last year
His jockey Richard Cully was among those in the 200-strong crowd.
A seven-member panel unanimously voted for Wells.
Wells is the first Geelong Racehorse of the Year winner for Durden and the third jumper to win the title after Sir Ritchie in 2003 and Prince Vitality in 2009.
Kathryn Durden said it was a fitting honour for Wells.
"He's been a super horse and gives everything he's got," Kathryn said.
Rob Windmill awarded George Hanlon Medal
Thoroughbred Club of Geelong president Rob Windmill was blindsided when he was awarded the George Hanlon Medal at the 2017 Geelong Racing Awards.
Rob had put preparation into the medal being presented to popular media identity Rob Gaylard to the point of organising the framing of a medal and producing a tribute video on the master host, but
The medal is presented for outstanding achievement and or service to racing and Rob
Rob Windmill was lost for words when club patron and life member Bernie Armstrong read out the winner.
(Picture: from left Bernie Armstrong, Rob Windmill and club committeeman Jamie Edwards)
"I'm humbled and honoured to be awarded a medal named after such a racing legend."
Rob was elected Thoroughbred Club of Geelong president in 1999 and has held the position for 18 years.
In 1988 he wrote and published "Geelong Racing - the history of horse racing in Geelong" and he has been a driving force behind the Geelong Racehorse of the Year awards which were first held in 1997.
Rob served on the Geelong Racing Club committee from 2012 to 2015 and has owned and bred racehorses.
He was the racing reporter for the Geelong Advertiser in the early 1980s and then Melbourne racing journalist for Australian Associated Press for 27 years. He also reported on racing from Hong Kong, Dubai and New Zealand and freelanced for Racetrack magazine and several other publications.
In 2012 he formed his own business Windmill Media Solutions and produces racing videos including the weekly jumpouts at Geelong every Wednesday. He also content manages several racing websites and is a form analyst for Best Bets.