Racing awards boast £120,000 prize-fund

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  • Do you know someone who works in racing who deserves recognition?

    Nominations for the 2015 Godolphin stud and stable staff awards opened this week (23 September).

    The awards run by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) have six categories: leadership, rider/groom, stud staff, dedication to racing, David Nicholson newcomer and administration staff award.

    “Judges will be focusing on stand out achievements made over the last year, such as someone who has had an association with a specific horse or achieved a particular milestone or remarkable act, which makes them deserving of special recognition,” said Paul Bittar, the BHA’s chief executive.

    The judging panel has been doubled to twelve people this year and the judging process revised.

    All nominations will now be independently reference checked before going to the judging panel for review.

    The nomination period has been extended to 12 December to give flat and national hunt trainers and stud managers more time to propose candidates.

    Every nominee will receive a signed certificate and the three rider/groom finalists will have a stable visit from a judge.

    The winners will receive their prizes at the Jumeirah Carlton Towers hotel in Knightsbridge, London on 23 February 2015.

    Hugh Anderson, managing director of Godolphin and Darley (UK) said the awards are “a wonderful opportunity to honour and reward the hard work and dedication of all stable and stud staff who play such a vital role in our industry.”

    Nominations are open until 12 December and can be made by anyone within the racing industry.

    There is a total of £120,000 in prize money divided between the winners and runners-up in each category and their yards.

    An employee of the year chosen from the winners of the first four categories receives £15,000 with the same amount going to their yard or stud.

    To download a nomination form visit www.britishhorseracing.com/stablestaff 

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