STAR jockey Craig Newitt last night became the youngest person inducted into the Tasmanian Racing Hall Of Fame.
Newitt, who turned 28 in March, has been the state's highest-profile racing participant almost from the time he started his riding career in 2001.
He won the Tasmanian senior jockeys' premiership while still an apprentice before moving to Melbourne in 2002 to ride for leading trainer Lee Freedman.
The Freedman-trained Miss Andretti was later to give Newitt multiple group 1 wins, including the Kings Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in England.
Newitt has won more group 1 races than any other Tasmanian jockey and his feature-race wins include the Blue Diamond Stakes, Metropolitan Handicap, Sydney Cup, Underwood Stakes, Australian Cup and Lightning Stakes.
In the 2011-12 season, he rode 185 winners to take out the Australian jockeys' premiership.
Although his career was interrupted by a controversial 18-month disqualification imposed in 2004, Newitt has won the admiration of everyone in the racing industry for his ability to fight his way back to the top of his profession.
Joining Newitt in the Hall Of Fame at last night's presentation ceremony in Launceston was Spreyton trainer Barry Campbell, the man who has launched the careers of some of Tasmania's best horses.
Campbell was the original trainer of group 1 winners Alfa and El Mirada and regular group 1 performers Vetyvere and Sedation.
His other top horses have included Dream Quest, Reunification, Isn't He Gorgeous and last season's top two-year-old Grand Tycoon.
Campbell, who won the trainers' premiership in 1996, won his first race with Prince Piper, launching a lifetime association with Launceston owners Barry and Enid Larter.
He has worked as Brisbane stable foreman for Gai Waterhouse after learning his trade from Tasmanian legends Mal Gerrard and Allan Stubbs.
Veteran Burnie bookmaker Tom Wragg and former chief steward, the late Bernie McKay, were inducted into the Hall Of Fame as associates.
Wragg, now in his 90s, was a bookmaker for more than 50 years and he is a life member of the Tasmanian Bookmakers Association.
McKay was a highly respected steward in Tasmania before taking charge of racing in Malaysia and he later returned to the state to work as head handicapper.
After retiring from that position and until his death in 2012, he continued his involvement in the industry as its chief historian.
This year's two equine inductees were comstar mare Lady Lynette and comformer top miler Weasel Will.
Lady Lynette won 14 races and $1,134,000 to become only the state's third millionaire thoroughbred.
She won up to group 2 level in Melbourne and ran second in the group 1 Myer Classic behind champion Typhoon Tracy.
Weasel Will, which began his career in Tasmania with trainer Graeme McCulloch, won the group 2 Waterford Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley twice and was runner-up on another occasion.
He was regularly placed at group 1 level, including a second Testa Rossa in the Emirates Stakes at Flemington and third to Assertive Lad and Shogun Lodge in the Doncaster Handicap at Randwick.
He was trained for a short time by Bart Cummings but for most of his career by Nigel Blackiston.
Original Hall Of Fame inductee Piping Lane, winner of the 1972 Melbourne Cup, was last night upgraded to legend status.