6 out of 10 are BRS Graduates

13th Jan 2016 | News

On 8th January the Shortlist Nominees were announced for the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards 2016 and we’re delighted that there are BRS Graduates being recognised.

The 12-strong judging panel, including last years Employee of the Year Winner and BRS Graduate Jesica Fortt, have managed to finalise the 220-plus nominations down to just ten finalists in each of the six categories.

The David Nicholson Newcomer Award is where 6 of the 10 on the shortlist are BRS Graduates, which we are extremely proud of. It is our job to train young people wishing to enter the racing industry and to see them recognised for their hard work so early in their careers is fantastic. The 6 we are rooting for are Callum Pittendrigh (Richard Fahey), Sophie Jarvis (Harry Fry), Lorna Towers (John Gosden), Lauren Lucas (Micky Hammond), Laura Winstanley (Sir Michael Stoute) and Amber Mitchell (Ralph Beckett).

Hayley Kelly (Mark Johnston) is representing the BRS Graduates in the Leadership category, with Emily Blood (Charlie Fellowes), Jason Favell (William Haggas) and Gary Milligan (Saeed Bin Suroor) in battle for the Rider/Groom Award. Gary was one of our early graduates from Course 29 back in 1989!

The second stage of judging will now get under way and the judges will be speaking to all the shortlisted nominees and considering the written nominations in order to narrow the candidates down to three finalists per category.

The third and final stage of judging will take place in London on Monday 22 February. All the finalists will be interviewed by the judges to decide the winners and runners-up in each category and these will be revealed by Clare Balding later that evening at the Awards Ceremony in London.


Photo: Last years Employee of the Year Award winner Jessica Fortt collecting her prize from Ryan Moore