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24 finalists for Irish Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards

: 10/11/2019 - 11:28

Twenty-four finalists, short-listed for eight of the 10 award categories in the 2019 Irish Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards, were announced today. The finalists were shortlisted from over 300 nominations received.
 The winner in each of these categories will receive a specially-commissioned trophy and €4,000 in prize-money, with the exception of the Newcomer Award, who will receive a trip to Dubai, plus €2,500. The other two finalists in each category will each receive €1,000.
 The winner’s and finalist’s yard or stud in seven categories will also receive €1,000 to be divided amongst employees.
 The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday October 29 in the Killashee Hotel in Naas, County Kildare.
 The Racecourse Award is chosen by the Irish Stablestaff Association based on a quality programme survey with the purpose of setting quality standards for stable staff at all racecourses in Ireland. The racecourse with the highest score will win the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Racecourse Award and will be announced at the awards.
 The flagship award – The Irish Racing Excellence Award will be presented to one of the winners of the Administration, Racing and Breeding Support Services, Newcomer, Horse Care, In the Saddle, Leadership (Stud), Leadership (Stable) and Dedication to Racing and Breeding Awards who is, in the opinion of the judging panel, the most deserving of recognition for their commitment, hard work, and ongoing contribution to the high standards and reputation of the Irish thoroughbred industry. The winner of this award will receive an additional trophy and €5,000, plus €5,000 for their yard, stud or employer.
 The 10 award categories carry over €80,000 prize-money.
The finalists are:
Racing and Breeding Support Services Award
 Willie Gibbons, Track Foreman, Leopardstown Racecourse, Co Dublin
 Wayne Middleton, Strength & Conditioning Coach, RACE, Co Kildare
 Perry Power, Track & Facilities Manager, Tipperary & Cork Racecourses
Administration Award
 Dorothy Fleming, Racing Secretary, Ken Condon, Co Kildare
 Marie Rowley, Racing Secretary, Pat Flynn, Co Waterford
 Geraldine Ryan, Office Manager, Camas Park Stud, Co Tipperary
Newcomer Award
 Tom Harney, Stable Lad & Work Rider, Ross O’Sullivan, Co Kildare
 Cheryl McClean, Exercise Rider & Groom, Willie McCreery, Co Kildare
 Chris McGill, Head Lad, John J Hanlon, Co Carlow
Horse Care Award
 Paul Dupli, Head Lad, Martin Brassil, Co Kildare
 Gerry Hanratty, Assistant Manager, Meadow Court Stud, Co Kildare
 Audrey O’Neill, Exercise Rider & Groom, John Oxx, Co Kildare
In The Saddle Award
 Ganna German, Work Rider & Travelling Groom, Sheila Lavery, Co Meath
 Martin Molloy, Work Rider, Pat Fahy, Co Carlow
 David Roche, Head Lad, Henry de Bromhead, Co Waterford
Leadership Award (Stud)
 Edward Farrell, Head Man, Lisieux Stud, Co Kildare
 Helder Ferreira, Assistant Head Lad, Kildangan Stud, Co Kildare
 Tony O’Meara, Stallion Manager, Coolmore Stud, Co Tipperary
Leadership Award (Stable)
 Niall Amond, Travelling Head Lad, Jessica Harrington, Co Kildare
 Damien Byrne, Yard Manager & Travelling Head Lad, Joseph O’Brien, Co Kilkenny
 Emma Connolly, Travelling Head Lass & Assistant Trainer, Noel Meade, Co Meath
Dedication to Racing and Breeding Award
 Paddy Duffy, Assistant Trainer, Shane Duffy, Co Laois
 Robert Gallagher, Head Lad, Michael Halford, Co Kildare
 Eamonn Leigh, Assistant Trainer, Jessica Harrington, Co Kildare


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