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Amy Ryan

Amy Ryan broke new ground as she became the first female rider to win the champion apprentice title outright when the season ended at Doncaster - a feat not even Hayley Turner could manage.

Her nearest rival, Darren Egan, saw his challenge come to a premature end when breaking his collarbone in a fall at Wolverhampton in October.

After starting the year with the aim of riding the 95 career winners which negate her claim, Ryan accomplished that in May before embarking on a full-blooded chase of the young riders' competition.

Clearly emotional when receiving her trophy, she said: "The apprentice title was at the back of mind as it was my last season to go for it, but I never imagined I'd be in this position.

"I've ridden some good horses and been very lucky, it's nice to ride on the big days. Riding on the big days give you a buzz, and to get a win is a bonus."

For the first time this year, there was also a separate prize awarded for the champion lady rider, judged on a winners-to-runners ratio, and it was won by Turner.

John Gosden landed a first trainers' title, with Ghurair's Tattersalls Million win swelling the coffers nicely after the likes of Nathaniel, The Fugue, Thought Worthy and Fallen For You contributed some sizeable chunks of prize money.

Frankel's exploits looked like giving Khalid Abdullah another owners' title, only for Godolphin to swoop and grab the prize in the dying days.

St Leger winner Encke contributed the lion's share of their winning total, but Group One winners Colour Vision, Dawn Approach and Certify, as well as Ebor hero Willing Foe, saw Sheikh Mohammed's operation reclaim the title.

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