14th December 2017
Very many congratulations to the 50 people shortlisted for the 2018 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards. These awards are yet another incredible initiative which, although run by the BHA in association with the Racing Post, would never have come into being without the inspiration and very significant financial support from Sheikh Mohammed. Our team have been winners and beneficiaries in the past and we are all most grateful for that recognition.
I am, of course, disappointed for the ten individuals (Ruth Burn – Newcomer; Aiden Smithies – Newcomer; Barry Lusted – Groom/Rider; Lauren Tindle – Groom /Rider; Becky Wright – Groom/Rider; Cesar Dayaca – Groom/Rider; Savroop Singh – Groom/Rider; Patrick Trainor – Groom/Rider; Mark Billingham – Dedication to Racing; and Darren Forster- Dedication to Racing) nominated from our team this year as none of them have made the top ten in their category but I hope they understand that to be nominated by their peers is recognition in itself, particularly in such a strong team. Hopefully, some of them will get a chance again.
I should also, perhaps, make it clear that, although she once worked for us, I was not the nominator of Shannon Baines as suggested in the Racing Post this morning. She was, according to the BHA press release, nominated by Lucinda Egerton.