J.D. Watts Award Winners Announced

23 September 2020

Harness Racing Australia is pleased to announce the J.D. Watts Awards to our sports highest performers for the 2019/20 season.

Named after legendary trainer J.D. (Jack) Watts, who trained and drove winners in all states of Australia and New Zealand in a fifty year career, the awards celebrate the nations leading driver and trainer.

2019/2020 Australian Driver of the Year


Chris Alford of Victoria was again Australia’s leading driver with 283 wins Australia wide for the 2019/2020 season. This is Chris’ 14th national title, his first being 26 years ago in 1994. He also took national honours in 2016 – 2019, 2012 – 2014 and 1996 – 1999.

2019/20 Australian Trainer of the Year


Grant Dixon of Queensland was Australia’s leading trainer with 290 wins during the season. This is Grant’s 8th J.D. Watts Award and second in succession. Grant was also the leading trainer from 2012 to 2017.

Remarkably, Grant’s title makes it 12 national titles from the last 13 seasons for the Dixon family, with Grant’s late father Bill the leading Australian trainer from 2008 – 2011.

The Members of Harness Racing Australia congratulate Chris and Grant on their outstanding achievements.


Related News

27 November 2020
Southern Cross Excitement
SOUTHERN CROSS EXCITEMENT KICKS-OFF AT GLOBE DERBY One of the highlights of the South Australian harness racing calendar, the, much anticipated `Southern Cross Race Series’ kicks off tomorrow night at Globe Derby Park. The series being deferred from May as a consequence of the Covid pandemic. The...
27 November 2020
Southern Cross Heat - Saturday night
VICTORIAN raider Treachery has been afforded no favours in her return to South Australia. Winner of The Allwood at Globe Derby earlier in the season, Treachery will head back to the troubled venue for tomorrow night’s Southern Cross heats. Engaged in the first of three qualifies in her division,...
27 November 2020
Successful cross more than good fortune
While the win in the Group 1 Breeders Crown for 3YO trotting fillies was to many a foregone conclusion, with Im Ready Jet starting $2.40 favourite, the performance of the second-place getter Ofortuna would have had many a favourite-backer holding their breath. The daughter of Majestic Son put in a powerful...
27 November 2020
Dont Care hits the mark
When trainer Kate Hargreaves scrolled through the 2019 Australasian Premier Trotting Sale catalogue lot 14 caught the eye. A colt from the third crop of French-bred stallion Used To Me and out of strong producing New Zealand-bred mare My Dreamweaver, which had left four winners. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...
27 November 2020
NZ tonight: Ray moves on from That start, ready for Alex Park
Trainer Ray Green is preferring to look forward than back with stable star Copy That. So when the north’s best pacer heads to the Pukekohe workouts tomorrow Green will be thinking about the Auckland Cup in a month rather than the mess that was his New Zealand Cup two weeks ago.
Click for more