BHA disappointed with nomination which are down on last yearPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
BHA disappointed with awards nominations
THE BHA has expressed their disappointment that the overwhelming majority of yards and studs had failed to nominate a member of staff for the £75,000 Stud and Stable Staff awards.
However, although down 14 per cent on last year's entry figure, the BHA were nonetheless impressed by the "incredibly high standard" of the 79 nominations made for the Godolphin-backed awards.
The judging panel, chaired by Racing Post editorial director Brough Scott and comprising five of the industry's most influential racing and breeding figures will now select a long list of ten for each of the five categories.
A shortlist of three will then be invited to the BHA headquarters in London to meet with the panel on Monday February 16 before attending an awards lunch the following day.
BHA media relationsmanager Paul Struthers said on Tuesday: "We've received 79 nominations this year, down from about 90 last year, but they are of an incredibly high standard again.
"The number of nominations remains disappointing, as effectively over 90 per cent of trainers and over 95 per cent of studs haven't nominated anyone.
"Whilst we are convinced that there are far more out there worthy of a nomination, those that have been nominated are clearly very, very goodand the judges will have a difficult job."