The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards

The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards recognise and reward the hard work and dedication of stud and stable staff, acknowledging the huge contribution they make to the Irish racing industry. There are 10 award categories with an overall Irish Racing Excellence Award recognising an exceptional contribution to the industry. Each award winner receives a specially commissioned trophy and a share of the €84,000 prize fund.

The 10 winners and runners-up for the 2019 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards were:

Irish Racing Excellence Award

Audrey O’Neill, Rider/Groom, John Oxx’s, Kildare

Racing and Breeding Support Services Award

Wayne Middleton, Strength & Conditioning Coach, RACE, Kildare

Runners up:

Willie Gibbons, Track Foreman, Leopardstown Racecourse, Dublin
Perry Power, Track & Facilities Manager, Tipperary Racecourse, Tipperary & Cork Racecourses

Administration Award

Dorothy Fleming, Racing Secretary, Ken Condon Racing, Kildare


Geraldine Ryan, Office Manager, Camas Stud, Tipperary
Marie Rowley, Racing Secretary, Pat Flynn Racing, Waterford

Newcomer Award

Cheryl McClean, Exercise Rider & Groom, Willie McCreery’s, Kildare


Tom Harney, Stable Lad & Work Rider, Ross O’Sullivan’s, Kildare
Chris McGill, Head Lad, John J Hanlon’s, Carlow

Horse Care Award

Audrey O’Neill, Groom, John Oxx’s, Kildare


Paul Dupli, Groom/Rider, Martin Brassil’s, Kildare
Gerry Hanratty, Meadowcourt Stud, Kildare

In The Saddle Award

David Roche, Head Lad, Henry De Bromhead’s, Waterford


Ganna German, Work Rider & Travelling Groom, Sheila Lavery’s, Meath
Martin Molloy, Work Rider, Pat Fahy’s, Carlow

Leadership Award (Stud Employees)

Tony O’Meara, Stallion Manager, Coolmore, Tipperary


Helder Ferreira, Assistant Head Lad, Kildangan Stud, Kildare
Edward Farrell, Head Man, Liseux, Kildare

Leadership Award (Stable Employees)

Emma Connolly, Travelling Head Lass & Assistant Trainer, Noel Meade’s, Meath


Niall Amond, Travelling Head Lad, Jessica Harrington’s, Kildare
Damien Byrne, Yard Manager & Travelling Head Lad, Joseph O’Brien’s, Kilkenny

Dedication to Racing and Breeding Award

Robert Gallagher, Head man, Michael Halford’s, Kildare

Runners up:

Paddy Duffy, Assistant Trainer, Shane Duffy’s, Laois
Eamon Leigh, Head Lad, Jessica Harrington’s, Kildare

Racecourse Award

Gowran Park

“The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards highlight the invaluable work of our staff everywhere. Without these skilled and diligent people the racing and breeding industry would be unable to function. To see them honoured in this way is a fitting celebration of their hard work and dedication to the horses and sport which they love. Sheikh Mohammed highlights his awareness of this and shows his appreciation by sponsoring the awards which were instigated by him and which his team organises so well. It is a hugely generous underpinning of this side of the industry, providing a great boost to morale and confidence and is much appreciated by all.”

John M Oxx