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Organisers hail record number of nominations

16 January 2013

THIS year’s Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards has attracted a record number of nominations, with a 50 per cent increase compared to 2012, writes Peter Scargill.
The figure was reported to be “well into the hundreds” by BHA spokesman Robin Mounsey yesterday.
The judges for the awards will spend the coming weeks compiling shortlists for the High Achiever, Rider/Groom of the Year, Stud Staff, Dedication to Racing, Newcomer and Administration staff categories.
The top three in each section will then be interviewed on the eve of the awards with the winners announced a day later, March 4, at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel in London.
The winner of the Employee of the Year award, the most prestigious of the prizes, will be chosen from the High Achiever, Rider/Groom, Stud Staff and Dedication to Racing nominees.
Last year’s top prize – and an additional £15,000 – went to Clifford Baker, head groom to champion trainer Paul Nicholls and former work rider of Kauto Star. Cash prizes are also awarded to the yard of each winner, with the two runners-up in the five main categories also receiving money for themselves and their colleagues.
Brough Scott, who oversees the judging panel, said: “It is wonderful entries are up, which is a tribute to the growing profile of the awards and recognition that the work of these dedicated individuals is worthy of praise and reward.”
The Godolphin Stud And Stable Staff awards were initiated nine years ago as an opportunity for trainers and stud owners to recognise the work done by
their staff.

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