Sandra Hughes named Godolphin Awards ambassador
Irish Grand National and Grade 1-winning trainer Sandra Hughes has been appointed as this year’s ambassador for the Irish Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards.
A daughter of the late great Dessie Hughes, Sandra took over the licence after her father’s passing in November 2014 and enjoyed immediate top-flight success with Lieutenant Colonel, who won the Grade 1 Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse and the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown that year.
Her biggest day in her short but successful reign as a trainer came in the spring of 2015, when she managed to snare one of the most competitive races in the Irish racing calendar, the Boylesports Irish Grand National, with the Katie Walsh-ridden and Gigginstown-owned Thunder And Roses.
In her new role as ambassador for the popular Irish Godolphin Stud And Stable Staff Awards, Hughes will try and encourage as many nominations as possible during the six-week nomination period and will be visiting racing yards and stud farms as well as other key areas of the industry.
Speaking about her appointment, Hughes said: “I am hugely honoured to be appointed by Godolphin as their ambassador for the Irish Stud and Stable Staff Awards and I’m really looking forward to getting out on the road to meet as many trainers and breeders as possible.
“Godolphin’s incredibly generous sponsorship is a wonderful recognition of all stud and stable staff who are the backbone of the industry.”
Irish Stable Staff Association chairman, Bernard Caldwell, took Hughes’ appointment as an opportunity to remind trainers and breeders to nominate their staff for the awards.
He said: “Sandra is a great addition to the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards and I’ve no doubt she will be very successful in her role.
“I would encourage as many trainers, breeders, owners and managers to nominate their colleagues in order to recognise the great employees we have in our industry.”
The 2018 awards will take place in the Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim, County Meath on May 21 and nominations are already open.
The awards include 10 categories, which carry total prize-money of €84,000, an increase of €4,500 from 2017 and entries can be made online at www.studandstablestaffawards.ie.
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