Tommy Ryan, Head Lad at Edward O'Grady's, is nominated for the Dedication to Racing and Breeding Award in the Irish Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards.
Two staff members at Tipperary horse racing trainers are among 24 finalists shortlisted for the Irish Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards.
Denis Hickey, Racing Secretary at Ballydoyle, is nominated for the Administration Award while Tommy Ryan, Head Lad at Edward O’Grady’s, Ballynonty, Killenaule, is shortlisted for the Dedication to Racing and Breeding Award.
The winner in each category will receive a specially-commissioned trophy and €5,000 in prizemoney, with the exception of the Newcomer Award, who will receive a trip to Dubai, plus €2,500.
The winner’s yard, stud or company in each category will also receive a cash prize to be divided amongst employees.
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Monday, May 21st in the Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim, County Meath.
The Racecourse Award will be chosen by the Irish Stablestaff Association, based on a quality programme survey, with the purpose of setting quality standards for stable staff at all racecourses in Ireland. The racecourse with the highest score will win the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Racecourse Award.
Above - Denis Hickey, Ballydoyle, is nominated for the Administration Award
The flagship award – The Irish Racing Excellence Award - will be presented to one of the winners of the Administration, Horse Care, In the Saddle, Travelling Head Person, Leads by Example and Dedication to Racing and Breeding Awards.
This person, in the opinion of the judging panel, is the most deserving of recognition for their commitment, hard work and ongoing contribution to the high standards and reputation of the Irish thoroughbred industry.
The winner of this award will receive an additional trophy and €5,000, plus €5,000 for their yard, stud or employer.
The ten award categories carry total prizemoney of €84,000, an increase of €4,500 from 2017.
The finalists were shortlisted from almost 350 nominations received, the highest number of nominations received since Godolphin’s sponsorship of the awards began in 2015.