Gwenda Markwell celebrates 10th title

Death, taxes and Gwenda Markwell training winners at Kembla Grange.

They are, local racegoers will tell you, the three guarantees in life.

It has been a decade of dominance for the Queen of Kembla, but Markwell wants only to praise the work of her team.

As the curtain officially came down on another racing season yesterday, Markwell and her crew quietly celebrated a 10th straight open trainer and local trainer premiership crowns.

In typical Markwell fashion, she didn't want to make a huge fuss.

But life at the top for this accomplished horsewoman, who still rides trackwork six days a week, is worth celebrating.

"It's part of your life and you know nothing else," she said.

"I've got good staff and always have and you're only as good as your staff.

"I love racing at Kembla and winning the open trainer title has been very hard and I'm proud of that."

While her 12 winners at Kembla Grange over the past 12 months didn't nearly threaten the 33 of the previous season, she still easily thwarted Chris Waller's bid for the champion trainer title.

Decided by a 3-2-1 point score for each race the Illawarra Turf Club conducts over the course of a season, Markwell topped the charts with 94 points compared to Waller's 68.

The search for another horse like Markwell's 2004 The BMW champion Grand Zulu still goes on.

Markwell maintains the passion for training a winner still burns.

"I don't think anyone does [gets tired of training winners], do they? I'll just take it as it comes," she said.

That means Markwell will probably treat her 11th straight title at the end of next season with exactly the same humility.

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