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Finalists revealed for annual staff awards

29 January 2016

THE finalists have been revealed for the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards. From the record 220-plus nominations received,the judging panel has identified a shortlist of three in each of the six categories, which this year includes the Rory MacDonald Racing Community Award,named in honour of the late chief executive of the British Racing School. 

The winners will be announced after the final round of judging on February 22 at a ceremony hosted by Clare Balding and Sir Anthony McCoy at the Carlton Tower Hotel in London that evening. All those still in the running at this stage are guaranteed a share of the £120,000 prize-money for their respective yards. 

Brough Scott, chair of the 12-strong judging panel, said:“Trends change from year to year and this time Micky Hammond has three finalists and Tom Dascombe has two.

“This goes to show the rewards that come to those who take the time to submit high-quality applications, as these two yards are now guaranteed a not inconsiderable amount of prize-money.” 

He added: “It was encouraging to see a good mix of Flat and jump, and small and large yards represented, including a finalist from Nick Alexander’s small jumps yard in Scotland. 

“The Rory MacDonald Racing Community Award is a new category this year and the exceptional calibre of nominations is a great tribute to Rory, who died so tragically last October.”


David Nicholson Newcomer 
Lauren Lucas, Micky Hammond; Rahul Kamble, Tom Dascombe; Laura Winstanley,Sir Michael Stoute

Leadership
Abi Harrison, Jane Chapple-Hyam; Gemma Hogg, Micky Hammond; Mathew Howells, Alan King

Rider/Groom
Christopher Ely, Tom Dascombe; Alyson Deniel, Richard Fahey; Becky Smith,Micky Hammond 

Dedication to Racing
Samantha Dwan, Nigel Tinkler; Fran Whyte, Nick Alexander; Claire Goodenough,William Haggas

Stud Staff
Mark Zipfel, Shadwell; Stuart Thom,Lofts Hall; Gilian Knight, Yorton Farm

Rory MacDonald Community
Raye Wilkinson, Mark Johnston Racing;Lisa Delany, Jockeys Employment &Training Scheme; Helen Yeadon, Greatwood

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