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Finalists announced for the 2021 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff awards

James Frank: was crowned Employee of the Year last year
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The 18 finalists across the six categories for the 2021 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards have been announced.

As well as winning their own category, four of the award winners will be in contention for the Employee of the Year award which last year was won by James Frank of Hascombe and Valiant Stud and carries a prize of £10,000.

For the first time in the history of the awards, all those who make the shortlist of ten for each category but do not progress to the final three will also receive £250 each in recognition of their achievement.

From the original 206 nominations received across the racing and breeding industries in November, the lists were whittled down to a shortlist of ten for each award last month.

A final shortlist of three has now been agreed for each category, the judging of which will be different this year due to coronavirus restrictions. Instead of the usual interviews in a London hotel, each finalist will this year take part in a remote judging day on February 22, chaired by Nick Luck.

Later that day, an interactive virtual awards ceremony will be broadcast live and free-to-air on Racing TV hosted by ITV Racing’s Ed Chamberlin.

Instead of the usual awards bash, a celebratory event is being planned for summer 2021, subject to government guidance. 

As well as Luck and last year's winner James Frank, the other judges are: Sally Aston, Mark Bradburne, Guy Disney, Mick Fitzgerald, Dawn Goodfellow, Eileen Harte, George McGrath, Ollie McPhail, Dinah Nicholson and Hazel Peplinski.

Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards finalists

David Nicholson Newcomer

Jaydon Lee - (Nicky Henderson)
Alice Price - (Ben Pauling)
Chrissie Sykes - (Ruth Carr) 

Leadership

Alex Cairns - (James Fanshawe)
Rebecca Edmunds - (Bryan Smart)
Lauren Webb - (Daniel & Claire Kubler) 

Rider/Groom

Joanna Aacisz - (Sir Michael Stoute)
Sarah Peacock - (Tom George)
Faisal - (Richard Phillips)

Stud Staff

Tom Hughes - (Hazelwood Bloodstock)
Martin Languillet - (Fittocks Stud)
Elody Swann - (Newsells Park Stud)

Dedication

Guinand Bissessur - (William Haggas)
Debbie Howie - (John Gosden)
Joline Saunders - (Richard Phillips)

Community (In recognition of the wonderful work Rory MacDonald achieved at The British Racing School)

Simon Jones - (Charity fundraiser)
Richard Phillips - (Trainer and community volunteer)
Sam Trainor - (National Horseracing College)


Read more on the Stud and Stable Staff Awards

James Frank crowned Employee of the Year at Stud and Stable Staff Awards 

'Horses have changed our lives' says Employee of the Year James Frank

Brough Scott: How the awards took off - and why I feel so lucky to have been involved (Members' Club)


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Instead of the usual interviews in a London hotel, each finalist will this year take part in a remote judging day on February 22, chaired by Nick Luck
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