Richard Hughes was officially crowned champion Flat jockey for 2012 in a champagne-splashed ceremony at Doncaster.
Achieving a life-long ambition, Hughes had the title in safe-keeping for some weeks after building up an unassailable lead over Silvestre de Sousa and third-placed William Buick.
Ryan Moore was fourth in an injury-hit campaign, with Paul Hanagan, winner for the last two years, having to settle for fifth place this time in a year in which he became retained rider to Hamdan Al Maktoum.
Hughes was accompanied by his son, Harvey, to the podium at Doncaster to receive his trophy, after which the champagne flowed and he was hoisted on the shoulders of his weighing-room colleagues.
Hughes, who also had his wife, Lizzie, father and top trainer Dessie Hughes, as well as his mother, Eileen, in attendance, said: "It's a great feeling, much better than being runner-up, especially two years ago (after a hard-fought battle with Hanagan that went to the last day).
"I'd have walked here today if I'd had to. You only get out of this game what you put in - I don't think I have been lucky, I think I have earned it. I worked really hard in September and it paid off. I didn't want to be going here, there and everywhere in October."
A reliable stream of winners from Richard Hannon consistently boosted Hughes on the way to the top, with the likes of multiple winners Libranno, Havana Gold and Toronado amongst others contributing to his final tally of 172 winners, with De Sousa on 131.
Hughes even managed to transcend to the back pages of the papers when famously winning seven out of eight races at Windsor last month at odds in excess of 10,000-1.
Hughes went on: "I had 100 winners for Richard alone, which shows how good a trainer he is. If I had to single out one day it would have to be at Windsor when I had those seven winners. I had the title tied up by then.
"I'll have a small bit of a break and a holiday. I won't hand it (the title) over too easy, it's a privilege to be champion and I'll go again. I'll see how I am going by (Glorious) Goodwood."
25 April 2017John Gosden gives Cracksman Epsom sighter in Derby Trial
Roger Charlton keen to recruit James Doyle for 1000 Guineas hope Fair Eva
Nichols Canyon and Lil Rockerfeller clash in Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown
Sizing John back on Gold trail at Punchestown for Jessica Harrington
Cheltenham Festival winners wage war at Punchestown
Jamie Codd angling for more Bumper glory with Punchestown-bound Fayonagh
John Oxx remembers a 'very decent fellow' following death of Johnny Roe
Washington DC back to winning ways at Navan
Disko in tune for Punchestown assignment
Hugo Palmer - Galileo Gold and Frankie raring to go in Lockinge
Hugo Palmer yet to decide on Newmarket Guineas bid for Escobar
Sizing John and Coneygree on collision course in Punchestown Gold Cup
Title rivals Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson target Sandown gold
Gordon Elliott hopes Labaik is 'on another going day' at Punchestown Festival
Un De Sceaux and Fox Norton clash in Champion Chase at Punchestown
Cheltenham Festival hero Penhill primed for Punchestown prize
24 April 2017Fozzy Stack to pitch Diamond Fields into Athasi Stakes at Naas
John Gosden takes aim at Epsom Derby Trial with Cracksman
Charlie Hills has Ascot in mind for Mootaharer
Muntazah earmarked by Owen Burrows for Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown
Mighty Missile hits the target in new military race at Wincanton
Torcedor foils Order Of St George in Vintage Crop Stakes
Vociferous Marina makes all the noise in Salsabil Stakes triumph
Too Familiar impresses for Johnny Murtagh on debut at Navan
Khukri continues hot streak for trainer-of-the-moment Jessica Harrington
Newmarket experience will stand Eminent in good stead - Martyn Meade
Nicky Henderson wary of late title charge by Paul Nicholls
Un De Sceaux the headline act on day one of Punchestown
Magical Memory gearing up for Duke Of York comeback
23 April 2017Injury forces dual Classic heroine La Cressonniere into retirement
Crimean Tatar team consider Yorkshire Cup mission
Nico de Boinville released from hospital after Scottish National fall
Michael Halford and Shane Foley on the double at Limerick
Colin Keane lands another treble at Limerick
'Great thrill' for William Haggas as exciting Call To Mind wins for the Queen
Vicente boosts title hopes for Paul Nicholls with Scottish National repeat
Impressive Barney Roy foils Dream Castle in Greenham Stakes
Straightforward success for Dabyah in Fred Darling at Newbury
Seamie Heffernan happy with Order Of St George for Vintage Crop test at Navan
Ruby Walsh feels Willie Mullins requires a miracle to win trainers' title
22 April 2017Nico de Boinville taken to hospital for assessment on neck injury
Muntahaa digs deep for John Porter success at Newbury
Annie Power in foal to Derby hero Camelot
Bacchus back with a bang at Newbury
Shutter Speed and Gracious Diana boost Oaks hand for John Gosden
Ayr double helps Paul Nicholls continue strong finish to jumps season
John Gosden takes aim at Newbury prize with classy Dabyah
Order Of St George flies the Ballydoyle flag in Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan
Midterm gets back to work in John Porter Stakes at Newbury
Dream Castle follows Frankel route in Greenham Stakes at Newbury
Premier Bond given licence to thrill in Scottish Grand National at Ayr