Record Nominations For Stud And Stable Awards
Monday, 24 April 2017: Victoria’s champion trainer Darren Weir, Sydney maestro Chris Waller, Golden Slipper-winning trainer Gary Portelli and Brisbane’s leading trainer Tony Gollan have all nominated staff members in the six award categories, as has the stable of dual Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Robert Hickmott.
Entries for the awards staged by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and Racing Australia have also come from Newhaven and Gooree Park Studs in NSW and the major Queensland nurseries Glenlogan Park, Raheen Stud and Aquis Farm, and many others.
At a time when the Federal Government’s proposed changes to the 457 visa system has focussed attention on the sections of the horseracing and breeding industries that often go unnoticed, the strong entry reinforces the value of those who work behind the scenes.
Henry Plumptre, Managing Director of Godolphin in Australia said, “the overwhelming support is reflective of the strength of the Australian racing and breeding industry and we thank all those who took the time to nominate a member of staff.
“There are outstanding staff within the racing and breeding industry who give dedication and commitment to their craft and these awards provide them with the recognition they deserve.”
Exercise riders, stablehands, stud grooms, office staff, float drivers, blacksmiths and many others are all eligible for recognition, and the $10,000 prize that goes to each of the winners in the categories of Horsemanship, Dedication to Racing, Dedication to Breeding, Thoroughbred Care and Welfare, Leadership and Administration and Ancillary.
The GSSSA reward racing industry participants in the UK, Ireland, France and the United States, as well as Australia.