The head lad to champion National Hunt trainer Nicky Henderson has received a “lifetime in racing” award.
 
Albert “Corky” Browne has been head lad to Nicky for 36 years.

Corky was presented with the Racing Welfare award at Cheltenham racecourse on Friday 15 November.

The award recognises Corky’s dedication and commitment to the racing industry.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the day and would like to thank Racing Welfare. I am privileged and delighted to be recognised,” said Corky.

Corky started his racing career in Ireland, serving a five-year apprenticeship with Kevin Kerr in Co Meath. After this he moved to Lambourn — where he has worked for more than 50 years.

He worked with Fred Winter for 12.5 years before moving to Roger Charlton at Windsor House, where he helped run the equine rehabilitation pool.

The next trainer to move into Windsor House was Nicky Henderson. Corky became head lad on Nicky’s first day of training at the yard and — 36 years later — he is still in the same role.
 
Trainer Charlie Longsdon, who was former assistant to Nicky, said: “There is plenty to say about ‘Uncle Albert’! Pretty much everything and anything I know was from Corky. He was a great guy to work with. The fact that so many trainers have come through his tutelage is testament to him. NJH’s would not have been the same place without him.”

Lesley Graham, chief executive at Racing Welfare added, “Corky has given so much to racing and he thoroughly deserves this award and the recognition that goes with it.”