David Jeffries, was the star of the night on Saturday (27th November) as he collected his Dedication to Racing in Epsom trophy at a glittering Owners’ and Trainers’ awards ceremony held at Epsom Downs racecourse.
David arrived in Epsom in 1974, following a five year stint in Newmarket, and has remained there ever since. He has dedicated his working life to racing in Epsom and it was wonderful to see that work recognised in front of many of David’s colleagues and friends.
David Jeffries was presented his trophy by Simone Sear, Racing Welfare’s Director of Welfare
Also recognised on the night, which was hosted by Sky Sports Racing presenter Hayley Moore, were trainers Simon Dow and Jim Boyle who once again shared the Sir David Prosser Award for the leading Epsom Flat Trainer.
The 2021 Stanley Wootton Award, which recognises outstanding merit on behalf of Epsom as a racing and training centre went to former groundsman Peter Murray. Peter was a Downskeeper in Epsom for 19 years and was recognised for not only his commitment to his role but also for his willingness to always go above and beyond but also for his fantastic conservation work on the Downs.
The awards cover a range of categories across the board and this year’s other winners were as follows:
Team Adam West celebrate a successful night
The evening also saw the Special Recognition Award, which is designed to reward the efforts of a horse whose competitive efforts may otherwise slip under the radar, go to Cristal Pallas Cat. The six-year-old gelding, trained by Roger Ingram, was recognised for his consistency and determination with Roger describing his charge as: “a brilliant little horse with a big heart who loved his job. He was tough and genuine and gave us everlasting memories.”
Rhian and Roger Ingram collected the Special Recognition Award for Cristal Pallas Cat.
The wonderful evening which was a true celebration of the racing community in Epsom was rounded off with two hours of non-stop dancing on a packed dance floor to live band, The Revue, and a champagne raffle that raised over £1,600.