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Finalists announced for 2019 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards

The 18 finalists for the 2019 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards have been announced.

Having narrowed down the 202 applications to a shortlist of ten finalists in each of the six categories in December, the judges have now made their final selection of three finalists for each award.

The final stage of judging will now take place in London on the day of the awards ceremony, Monday 18 February 2019, where finalists will be interviewed face-to-face by the judges who will then decide the winners and runners-up.

The results will be revealed later that evening at the awards ceremony at the Jumeirah Carlton Towers hotel in Knightsbridge. It has also been confirmed today that the 2019 awards will be hosted for the first time by ITV Racing’s Oli Bell.

Bell, who also presents ITV’s The Opening Show which recently featured a discussion on stable staff, said:

Throughout my life and role at ITV Racing I am constantly reminded of the importance of the stud and stable staff, and without them the industry wouldn’t survive, and it is a real honour to be presenting these prestigious awards.

Some of the stories from the previous finalists and winners have been incredibly moving and I am sure this year will also provide some amazing stories and demonstrate the dedication and excellent care that British racing’s workforce provides its racehorses”.

The 2019 finalists and their nominators are:

 

David Nicholson Newcomer Award

The winner of the David Nicholson Newcomer Award will receive £2,000, with the same amount going to their yard or stud, while two runners-up will receive £1,000 each, with the same amount for their yard. There is an additional prize for the winner of the David Nicholson Newcomer Award, which includes return flights, a five-day educational tour of Dubai together with five nights’ accommodation.

Sophy Scott – Mark Johnston, Middleham, North Yorkshire

April Clarke – Jedd O’Keeffe, Leyburn, North Yorkshire

Max McLoughlin – Cheveley Park Stud, Newmarket, Suffolk

 

Leadership Award

The winner of the Leadership, Rider/Groom, Stud Staff and Dedication to Racing categories (all below) will receive a prize of £5,000 with an additional £5,000 also being awarded to the winner’s yard or stud. Two runners-up in each of these categories will win £2,000 each, with the same amount going to their yard or stud.

Dan Horsford – Alan King, Marlborough, Wiltshire

Catriona Bissett – Nick Alexander, Leslie, Fife

Barry O’Dowd – John Gosden, Newmarket, Suffolk

 

Rider/Groom Award

Sean Graham – Philip Hobbs, Minehead, Somerset

Stewart Gossnell – Richard Hughes, Lambourn, Berkshire

Ian Clarkson – Micky Hammond, Middleham, North Yorkshire

 

Stud Staff Award

Andrew Snell – Cheveley Park Stud, Newmarket, Suffolk

Christine Chapman – Theakston Stud, Bedale, North Yorkshire

Kevin Tobin – New England Stud, Newmarket, Suffolk

 

Dedication to Racing Award

John Bottomley – Ollie Pears, Malton, North Yorkshire

David Macleod – James Ewart, Langholm, Dumfriesshire

Jaimie Duff – Lucinda Russell, Kinross, Perthshire

 

Rory MacDonald Community Award

The winner of the Rory MacDonald Community Award will receive £5,000, with the same going to a charity of their choice. The two runners-up will receive £2,000, with the same going to a charity of their choice.

Deborah Hay – Lingfield Park Racecourse, Surrey

Andrea O’Keefe – Jedd O’Keeffe, Leyburn, North Yorkshire

Sarah Montgomery – Musselburgh racecourse, East Lothian

 

The judging panel will consist of Brough Scott (Chair), Dawn Goodfellow, George McGrath, Tabitha Smith, Alice Plunkett, Mick Fitzgerald, Sally Aston, Jessica McLernon, Mark Bradburne, Ollie McPhail, Dinah Nicholson and Hazel Peplinski.

Image for illustration – The British Racing School and The Animal Health Trust

 

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