Fiona McIntyre has been recognised for her work in retraining and rehoming former racehorses by being crowned the 2020 Lady of Racing.
McIntyre becomes the 26th winner of the coveted award, which is run by The Victorian Wakeful Club in partnership with Racing Victoria and aims to celebrate women who have made an outstanding contribution to the thoroughbred racing and breeding industries.
McIntyre received the award at a gala luncheon at The Glasshouse in Richmond on Friday, attended by hundreds of people to celebrate International Women's Day.
The retrainer has several former champions of the turf in her care, but it was her work with two former champions that sets her apart. She looks after Bart Cummings' former grand stayer Precedence, who competed in four Melbourne Cups and won two Moonee Valley Cups in his 69-start career, and another of his former stars, Sirmione, who won twice at the elite level in capturing the Mackinnon Stakes and the Australian Cup.
He is now forging an equestrian career and has competed in the past two Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout events - widely recognised as the pinnacle of the horse showing world.
The other finalists in the running for the prestigious award were former Victorian Wakeful Club President Jenny Moodie, Racing Hearts program founder Lisa Coffey and jockey, trainer and Clerk of the Course Sally Wynne.
RV CEO Giles Thompson, acknowledged the strength of this year's candidates, saying: "There were four exceptional finalists this year from all facets of the industry, making it a very difficult selection process and I congratulate Fiona as the eventual - and very worthy - winner.
"Fiona has long been an advocate for life after racing, and has worked tirelessly to ensure former racehorses lead happy and healthy lives once they have left the track.
"We are very fortunate to have Fiona as one of the RV Acknowledged Re-trainers who support our Off The Track program, which aims to facilitate the placement of retired racehorses in secondary careers and drive demand for thoroughbreds as performance and pleasure horses."