Ballarat apprentice jockey Will Price has been judged by his peers as the state's most talented young hoop, to be named the VJA Rising Star at the Victorian Racing Awards.
This is the second year in a row the 21-year-old has received the accolade.
Price also secured his Victorian metropolitan apprentices' premiership in 2020-21 with 47 wins and second state title with 73 victories.
Price is originally from South Australia. He moved to Ballarat to be apprenticed to his uncle Dan O'Sullivan.
Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, who have a major arm of their multi-state training empire in Ballarat, also figured prominently in the awards.
They were recognised for their excellent in training 228 winners in Victoria with the prestigious Fred Hoysted Medal - the first time they have received the accolade.
Maher and Eustace were also formally awarded the Victorian metropolitan and state training premierships.
It is the first time they taken out the metro title.
Maher and Eustace have the biggest stable in Ballarat, having taken up occupancy of Forest Lodge next to the Ballarat racecourse in early 2019.
Ballarat's John Allen was also officially awarded the 2020-21 Victorian jockeys' premiership with 144 wins.
Maher and Eustace were also prominent in the Victorian jumps awards - the JJ Houlahan Jumps Championship Series.
They finished with the highest points tally to take out the trainers' award.
Saunter Boy from the Maher-Eustace stable was the horse of the series.