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Graham Lee: could cap a successful debut season on the Flat with award

  PICTURE: John Grossick  

Lee and McCoy among Lesters nominations

GRAHAM LEE could cap a triumphant debut season riding on the Flat with one of 'racing's Oscars' after he was nominated in the Flat Jockey of the Year category at the 23rd Stobart Lesters.

The awards ceremony, which falls on March 28, could also see Britain's champion jump jockey Tony McCoy add to his haul of 18 Lesters (not to mention an OBE and Sports Personality of the Year award) after being nominated in two of the nine categories.

The 17-time champion is among four nominations for the At The Races Jump Ride of the Year - for his inspired effort in winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup aboard Synchronised - and is also in the running to be named Stobart Jump Jockey of the Year, an award he has picked up for the past two seasons.

Lee, who rode 108 winners last year after switching from jumps to Flat racing, has been nominated alongside William Buick, Ryan Moore and Richard Hughes for the Stobart Flat Jockey of the Year award.

Richard Hughes - Windsor - October 2012

Richard Hughes: celebrating again?

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker 

Hughes, Britain's champion jockey who is bidding to win the first Lester of his career, has been nominated in two additional categories: the Flat Jockey Special Recognition and the Racing Post Flat Ride of the Year, for his ride on The Fugue in the Group 1 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.

Racing Post readers can vote for their best Flat ride of the year throughout February by emailing their selection to

The other nominations are Michael O'Connell (Qubuh, Hamilton, May 6), Danny Tudhope (Doc Hay, Doncaster, September 15) and Freddie Tylicki (Chapter Seven, Musselburgh, April 7).

Among the seven nominations for the Arena Racing Company Jump Jockey Special Recognition award are McCoy's long-standing agent Dave Roberts and Matthew Stephens who provides the catering for riders at ten racecourses and is affectionately known as 'Mattie The Teaboy'.

Full list of nominations for the 23rd Lesters

Apprentice Jockey of the Year
Harry Bentley
Darren Egan
Sean Levey
Amy Ryan

Conditional Jockey of the Year
Henry Brooke
Conor O’Farrell
Sam Twiston-Davies
Adam Wedge

Racing Post Flat Ride of the Year
Richard Hughes: The Fugue, Goodwood, 4 August
Michael O’Connell: Qubuh, Hamilton Park, 6 May
Danny Tudhope: Doc Hay, Doncaster, 15 September
Freddie Tylicki: Chapter Seven, Musselburgh, 7 April

At the Races Jump Ride of the Year
Tom Cannon: Inthejungle, Plumpton, 27 April
Daryl Jacob: Neptune Collonges, Aintree, 14 April
Jason Maguire: Dj Milan, Wetherby, 31 May
AP McCoy: Synchronised, Cheltenham, 16 March

Prolinx Lady Jockey of the Year
Lucy Alexander
Cathy Gannon
Amy Ryan
Hayley Turner

Arc Jump Jockey Special Recognition
Mattie Batchelor
Campbell Gillies
Rodi Greene
Richard Johnson
Jimmy McCarthy
Dave Roberts
Matthew Stephens

Flat Jockey Special Recognition
Sir Henry Cecil (nominated by jockeys)
Michael Hills
Richard Hills
Richard Hughes

Stobart Jump Jockey of the Year
Richard Johnson
Jason Maguire
AP McCoy
Tom O’Brien

Stobart Flat Jockey of the Year
William Buick
Richard Hughes
Graham Lee
Ryan Moore

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