Pride of Racing Awards to be held at Haydock Park Racecourse

4th October 2012

Paul Fisher and 2011 winner, Joyce Wallsgrove, stables manager at Newmarket Racecourse

Paul Fisher and 2011 winner, Joyce Wallsgrove, stables manager at Newmarket Racecourse

Racing Welfare, The Jockey Club’s charity for racing’s people in need, today announced that the Pride of Racing Awards, sponsored by Betfair, will return in 2013 and will be staged at Haydock Park Racecourse on Saturday 28th September.

First introduced in 2005 to herald the unsung heroes at the heart of British racing, details of the 2013 Pride of Racing Awards were revealed at the finals of the Betfair Flat Series being held today at Warwick Racecourse as a further part of Betfair’s contribution to supporting the grassroots levels of the sport.

The Pride of Racing Awards formally recognise the people who have made a significant contribution to the sport through acts of generosity, heroism and dedication. The accolades cover the entire industry and consider
activities not just in the workplace, but in any aspect of supporting the racing community. Past winners have included His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, Tom Lovell-Stagg and the late Doreen Rackham, widely known as ‘The Angel of Lambourn’.

The Pride of Racing Awards are being supported by Betfair in addition to the £250,000 of funding the company has provided Racing Welfare over the last six years.

Details of the award categories and how to nominate will be announced towards the end of this year.

Joey Newton, Chairman of Racing Welfare, said:

“The Pride of Racing Awards acknowledge the dedication and passion individuals have for British racing, whilst providing an opportunity to raise much needed funds for Racing Welfare.  

“Once again we are extremely grateful for Betfair’s support, without which the awards could not take place. I am also pleased to announce that the awards will be hosted for the first time at Haydock Park Racecourse, a track that has successfully held Charity racedays for Racing Welfare for over a decade.”

Martin Cruddace, Betfair Executive, said:

“As a long standing supporter of Racing Welfare I am absolutely delighted that Betfair is supporting the fifth Pride of Racing Awards. The awards do so much to recognise those who work incredibly hard for the sport but who too rarely have their contribution acknowledged and rewarded. It’s great to see the awards being held in the North for the first time and I have no doubt Haydock Park Racecourse will lay on a splendid day for everyone involved. ”

John Baker who runs Haydock Park Racecourse as part of his role as North West Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses, said:

“I’m really pleased that Haydock Park Racecourse has been chosen to host the 2013 Pride of Racing
Awards. With so many deserving winners since the awards began in 2005, I’m thrilled we will stage this important event in the North West and again at Jockey Club Racecourses.”