The Australian breeding industry celebrated its best and brightest on sunday with five prestigious awards handed out at a ceremony held in conjunction with Coolmore Australia's annual stallion parade.
The event, hosted by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA), recognised the outstanding achievements of horses and breeders during the 2016-17 season.
Presented by Jacqueline Stewart, the Manager of Owner and Breeder Services (Keeper of the Australian Stud Book), the Australian Broodmare of the Year went to Vegas Showgirl (NZ)for the second year running.
Vegas Showgirl is the dam of champion mare Winx (AUS) who remains unbeaten in her last 18 starts and is currently rated the world's best horse on turf, world's best mare and world's best middle-distance racehorse.
Segenhoe Stud's Peter O'Brien accepted the award on behalf of Vegas Showgirl's owners John and Deborah Camilleri of Fairway Thoroughbreds.
Speaking at the awards, which were compered by Caroline Searcy, TBA President Basil Nolan congratulated recipients on their success and wished the breeding industry the best of luck for the upcoming season.
"Our industry continues to go from strength to strength and I am delighted that we can gather today to celebrate the success of these outstanding individuals and the contribution they've made to the breeding and racing landscape of Australia and the world.
"I'd also like to take this opportunity to wish all breeders the best of luck for the upcoming season and I look forward to our industry enjoying another successful year."