Albany jockey Natasha Faithfull was among those recognised at the Great Southern Racing Awards on Thursday night at Motel Le Grande. The 20-meeting Great Southern season, held between Albany Racing Club and Mount Barker Turf Club, ended earlier this month. Faithfull had terrific success at both venues as she finished a dominant winner of the senior jockey of the year award. Across the local season Faithfull recorded 24 winners from a total of 119 rides, to easily defeat Clint Johnston-Porter (15 wins) and Chris Nicoll (12). Faithfull enjoyed great success with leading trainer Steve Wolfe, to whom she was an apprentice, and her mother and rising trainer Samantha Faithfull. It was the first time Faithfull has won the senior jockey of the year title. “It definitely was my goal this season, hence why I made the move to Albany,” Faithfull said. “I really wanted to go leading rider and try and get some more opportunities at Albany and I hope that they might progress towards getting more opportunities in town. “So I’m very happy with the outcome of it all and looking forward to hopefully having an even better season next year.” Wolfe claimed the Great Southern trainer of the year title — his 24th win in the past 29 seasons. Across the season Wolfe trained 28 winners from a total of 179 runners at a strike rate of just over 15 per cent. Albany’s Roy Rogers was runner-up on 22 wins, while metro trainer Adam Durrant was third with 13. Durrant won the strike rate trainer of the year award after his superb Great Southern season. He had a winning strike rate of 30.2 per cent after notching 13 winners from only 43 starters. Emerging young rider Holly Watson was a clear winner of apprentice jockey of the year, booting home nine winners in 54 rides. Watson defeated Victoria Corver and Kristy Bennett, who were both on four wins. The Wolfe-trained Worth A Risk was named horse of the year after scoring four victories during the season.