Graham Lee: could cap a successful debut season on the Flat with awardPICTURE: 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: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Conditional Jockey of the Year
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
Arc Jump Jockey Special Recognition
Flat Jockey Special Recognition
Sir Henry Cecil (nominated by jockeys)
Stobart Jump Jockey of the Year
Stobart Flat Jockey of the Year