LEADING Wimmera hoop Dean Yendall has secured his fifth Victorian country jockeys premiership.
Yendall rode 123 winners from 702 starts at non-metropolitan tracks nine wins clear of nearest rival Brad Rawiller.
He picked up the premiership with an impressive strike rate of 17.52 per cent.
It was his second consequtive country premiership win after he rode 138 winners.
Yendall is at the Darwin Cup Carnival and won the Northern Territory's richest sprint race the $135,000 Palmerston Sprint on Saturday aboard nine-year-old gelding Eight Bills.
He will take the ride aboard the Simon Wilde-trained Constant Force in today's $200,000 2000-metre Darwin Cup.
Yendall has four other engagements on the nine-race program.
He was second in the overall Victorian premiership with 134 wins 20 behind winner Rawiller, who rode 154 winners.
Yendall came third in the Australia-wide premiership, which was won by Rawiller.
NSW country jockey Greg Ryan was second in the national premiership.
Yendall's hopes of winning the national jockeys premiership received a blow after he was suspended for careless riding at Flemington on July 12.
He was aboard Profit Share in the Taj Rossi Series Final.
Yendall pleaded guilty to the charge and missed 10 meetings.
A natural lightweight, Yendall dropped to 46 kilograms earlier in the year to ride the Robbie Laing-trained gelding Boomwaa in the Group One Lightning Stakes.
The horse finished 10th.
Yendall picks up many of his rides from leading Australian and Victorian trainer Darren Weir.
The Ballarat-based horseman, who used to work for Stawell trainer Terry O'Sullivan, trained 253 winners in the 2013-2014 season.