Finalists for the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards 2017 announced

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Following this year’s record nominations, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced the finalists for the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards 2017.


The panel of 12 judges have overseen 301 applications and taken on the task of narrowing them down to just three finalists in each of the six categories.

Brough Scott, Chairman of the Judging Panel said:
“Judging the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards makes you appreciate the commitment of those who work closest to the horses. For the judges it is also both an honour and annual heartache to pick out just three finalists from such obviously deserving nominees.”

The final stage of judging will take place in London on the day of the awards ceremony, Monday 20 February 2017, where finalists will be interviewed face-to-face by the judges who will then decide the winners and runners-up for each category. The results will be revealed later that evening at the gala awards ceremony at the Jumeirah Carlton Towers hotel in Knightsbridge by ITV Racing’s Ed Chamberlin.

The finalists are as follows:
Leadership Award:
Michael Finn – Graeme McPherson
Hayley Kelly – Mark Johnston
Rory O’Dowd – Brian Meehan

Rider/Groom Award:
Jamie Bunsell – Paul Henderson
Jason Favell – William Haggas
Chetan Singh – Andrew Balding

Stud Staff Award:
Jo Brown – Overbury Stud
Terry Doherty – Watership Down Stud
James Fitzjohn – Swanbridge Bloodstock

Dedication to Racing Award:
Kim Jones – Malcolm Saunders
Colin Nutter – Sir Mark Prescott
Bryn Walker – Hugo Palmer

David Nicolson Newcomer Award:
Anthony Lynch – Wadacre Stud
June Palmer Kimpton – Ben Haslam
Elisha Whittington – Tom Dascombe

Rory Macdonald Community Award:
Gary Humphries – Godolphin
Sarah Monkman – Racing Welfare
Kevin Parsons – National Association of Stable Staff

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