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Finalists revealed for Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards

Winners to be revealed in ceremony in February

Sir Anthony McCoy with the winners of the 2016 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards
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The British Horseracing Authority has announced the finalists for the 2017 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards.

A panel of 12 judges oversaw 301 applications and narrowed them down to three finalists in each of the six categories.

Brough Scott, chairman of the judging panel said: "Judging the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards makes you appreciate the commitment of those who work closest to the horses. For the judges it is also both an honour and annual heartache to pick out just three finalists from such obviously deserving nominees."

The finalists are as follows:

Leadership Award:

Michael Finn - Graeme McPherson

Hayley Kelly - Mark Johnston

Rory O'Dowd - Brian Meehan

Rider/Groom Award:

Jamie Bunsell - Paul Henderson

Jason Favell - William Haggas

Chetan Singh - Andrew Balding

Stud Staff Award:

Jo Brown - Overbury Stud

Terry Doherty - Watership Down Stud

James Fitzjohn - Swanbridge Bloodstock

Dedication to Racing Award:

Kim Jones - Malcolm Saunders

Colin Nutter - Sir Mark Prescott

Bryn Walker - Hugo Palmer

David Nicholson Newcomer Award:

Anthony Lynch - Wadacre Stud

June Palmer Kimpton - Ben Haslam

Elisha Whittington - Tom Dascombe

Rory Macdonald Community Award:

Gary Humphries - Godolphin

Sarah Monkman - Racing Welfare

Kevin Parsons - National Association of Stable Staff

The final stage of judging will take place on February 20 in London where finalists will be interviewed by the panel to decide the winners and runners-up for each category.

The results will be revealed the same evening at the awards ceremony that will take place at the Jumeirah Carlton Towers hotel in Knightsbridge.

Judging the awards make you appreciate the commitment of those who work closest to the horses
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