Hollie Doyle leads the way with four nominations for 2020 Lesters Awards
Hollie Doyle could yet scoop more prestigious prizes as she leads the nominees for the 2020 Lesters Awards with four nominations, including for Flat Jockey of the Year alongside her partner Tom Marquand, champion jockey Oisin Murphy and William Buick.
The trailblazing jockey is also in contention for the Flat Jockey Special Recognition award and Flat Ride of the Year for her maiden Group 1 success aboard Glen Shiel on British Champions Day.
Brian Hughes heads the four nominees for Jump Jockey of the Year along with Harry Cobden, Aidan Coleman and last year's winner Richard Johnson.
However, none of the four feature among the choices for Jump Ride of the Year, with Harry Skelton nominated for his front-running Champion Chase-winning performance on Politilogue as well as Nico de Boinville for his remarkable victory aboard William Henry in the National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell. Tom Scudamore on Kepagge at Leicester and Jack Tudor on Potters Corner in the Welsh National complete the nominees in the category.
The ceremony will be hosted live on Sky Sports Racing on December 22 and Dale Gibson, PJA executive director (racing), said: "Like other awards ceremonies, we were unable to host a Lesters Awards ceremony due to the pandemic so we were delighted when Sky Sports Racing agreed to produce another Lesters special, as they did in 2019.
"Having been lucky enough to win two Lesters myself I know how much it means, so on behalf of the PJA and our members I would like to congratulate all of the nominees and wish them the very best of luck."
Named after the legendary nine-time Derby winning jockey Lester Piggott, the Lesters are renowned in the racing industry as the annual awards voted by jockeys, for jockeys and as such are hugely coveted.
Voting for seven of the Lesters awards is by ballot among members of the Professional Jockeys Association, with the Flat Ride of the Year chosen by Racing TV viewers and the Jump Ride of the Year selected by Sky Sports Racing viewers. Both polls are now closed and all winners will be announced during the live show.
Full list of nominees for the 2020 Lesters Awards
Flat Jockey of the Year
Jump Jockey of the Year
Female Jockey of the Year
Flat Jockey Special Recognition
Jump Jockey Special Recognition
Flat Ride of the Year
William Buick: Act Of Wisdom, Newmarket, October 21, 2020
Hollie Doyle: Glen Shiel, Ascot, October 17, 2020
Dylan Hogan: Wanaasah, Wolverhampton, January 15, 2020
Tom Marquand: Nahaarr, Ayr, September 19, 2020
Jump Ride of the Year
Nico De Boinville: William Henry, Fontwell, February 23, 2020
Tom Scudamore: Kepagge, Leicester, November 11, 2019
Harry Skelton: Politologue, Cheltenham, March 11, 2020
Jack Tudor: Potters Corner, Chepstow, December 27, 2019
Apprentice Jockey of the Year
Conditional Jockey of the Year
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