Top trip for newcomer award

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Godolphin has announced a trip to Dubai has been added to the Newcomer Award prize in addition to the existing €2,500 cash prize and a trophy.

The Newcomer Award is open to individuals who have been working in any area of the thoroughbred racing and/or breeding sector for less than five years and who have shown commitment to and ambition for a career in the industry.

The trip to Dubai includes return Emirates flights and accommodation for five nights. The itinerary for the week comprises a comprehensive overview of Godolphin’s racing operation in Dubai including a stable visit to Al Quoz, the international headquarters for the Godolphin operation, lunch at the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding and a visit to Dubai Equine Hospital which was founded in 1995 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The trip also incorporates a stable visit to Godolphin Marmoom Stables, the winter base and home to the Godolphin horses being prepared for the Dubai World Cup Carnival and a stable visit to Zabeel Racing Stables. Established in 1992, Zabeel is the blue print of UAE Racing and home to approximately 120 horses. The trip also includes evening racing at Dubai Racing Club, Meydan Racecourse.

Commenting on the enhancement of the Newcomer Award prize, Joe Osborne, Managing Director, Godolphin Ireland, said: “The addition of this prize provides the winner with an insight into the home of Godolphin and an opportunity to see firsthand one of the world’s most modern and most fascinating cities.”

Nominations for the 2016 Irish Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards are open until Friday, February 12. The awards encompass 10 categories, which carry total prize-money of €70,000. The 2016 awards will take place in the Dunraven Arms Hotel in Adare, Co Limerick on Tuesday, April 19.

Nomination forms are available online at, or from Horse Racing Ireland’s Head Office in Ballymany in Newbridge. Nominations can also be completed online at Bernard Caldwell from the Irish Stablestaff Association (ISSA) and his colleagues are distributing nomination forms at Irish race meetings.