2018 QTIS Premiership Trainer Announced


After a hotly contested 2017/18 racing season, the QTIS Premiership winners were decided in the last two months of the season with Ben Currie, Robert Heathcote, Pennino and Bat A Kat taking the honours.

Currie and Heathcote have each won complimentary entry into the 2019-20 Magic Millions Series for a yearling that they purchase at one of the 2019 Magic Millions Sales.

Currie won the coveted title of 2yo QTIS Premiership Trainer on Earnings, banking $179,700 worth of QTIS bonus prizemoney (general prizemoney not included in these figures) for the season and training ten QTIS winners. 2014/15 Premiership winner Les Ross was second with $140,500 and Tony Gollan (3YO QTIS Premierships winner in 2014/15) came in third, earning $132,000 in QTIS bonuses.

 “I’m absolutely thrilled to take out this award,” said Currie.

“QTIS is a fantastic initiative that I have always supported, it makes a huge difference to prizemoney and is probably the best incentive scheme in Australia.

Currie said the win was thanks to the ongoing support he has had despite a tumultuous season.

“I couldn’t have achieved this without my fantastic staff and owners and I would like to thank them all for their support,” said Currie.

“I’d also like to thank the TBQA and Magic Millions for hosting this Premiership, it’s grown in popularity over the years and the monthly results are keenly watched by many trainers now.”

It was also a phenomenal season for Brisbane trainer Robert Heathcote, winner of the QTIS 3yo Trainers Premiership.

“That tops off a good, consistent season for me,” said Heathcote.

“I’ve got a strong stable of QTIS horses and the support of my owners is integral to this award, I’d like to thank them for that.”

Heathcote recorded thirteen QTIS wins and banked $233,400 in QTIS bonus prizemoney to finish just ahead of Ben Currie, with $164,900 and the 2015/15 Premiership winner Tony Sears on $131,200 in QTIS bonus prizemoney.

See the 2018 Trainers' Premiership table here