With only seven days to go to nominate for the 2018 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards, here are seven reasons you really have to nominate!
- There is over £125,000 of prize money on offer – this includes up to £40,000 available for a single yard or stud, with prize money also available for the runners up and additional prizes on offer, dependant on the category.
- It isn’t just the winners who benefit – Much of the prize money on offer is split between the winner and their yard or stud, meaning the whole team can benefit from those who are lucky enough to win an award.
- Finalists get to attend one of the highlights of racing’s calendar – the event will be hosted by ITV Racing’s Ed Chamberlin at the Jumeriah Carlton Hotel in Knightsbridge, London on Monday 19 February 2018.
- And meet some of racing’s best known personalities – previous presenters on the night have included Frankie Dettori, A P McCoy and Clare Balding!
- You get to recognise the hard work of racing staff – Nominations are a great way to acknowledge the hours of hard work put in behind the scenes by stud and stable staff throughout the course of the year.
- It can be a great advert for your yard, stud or business – Finalists and winners get a chance to talk about how much they enjoy their work, with the awards getting plenty of regional and national media coverage.
- It’s easy to do – The nomination period closes on Tuesday 21 November and is available to trainers online via the Racing Administration website. Breeders, owners, colleagues and managers can also download a nomination form via www.studandstablestaffawards.co.uk and www.racingpost.com.
Notes to editors:
1. The awards are sponsored by Godolphin and run by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) in association with the Racing Post. The categories are:
- Leadership Award
- Dedication Award
- Rider/Groom Award
- Stud Staff
- Rory MacDonald Community Award
- David Nicholson Newcomer Award (for those who have entered racing within the last three years)
- Employee of The Year
2. The ‘Rory MacDonald Community Award’ acknowledges those who support the stud and stable staff or have made an outstanding contribution to benefit the wider racing community. The Awards provide an opportunity for the racing industry to highlight and thank the hard work put in by stud and stable staff across the country, and this award in particular acknowledges people who have had a positive impact on their community.
3. The winner of each of the first four categories 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. The Awards will also recognise an Employee of the Year, who will be selected from the winners of the first four categories. That winner will receive an additional prize of £15,000, with the same amount going to their yard or stud.