Next Saturday, 27th November, will see the return of the Epsom Owners’ & Trainers’ Awards to the Racing Welfare in-person events calendar having been lost to the pandemic in 2020. The glittering black-tie event, which is sponsored by the ROA and held at Epsom Downs racecourse, will once again be hosted by Sky Sports Racing presenter Hayley Moore.
The awards will celebrate the achievements of Epsom’s racing community throughout the year and are made up of both points-based awards and those judged by a panel. In charge of deciding on the award winners this year were Andrew Cooper, Head of Racing and Clerk of the Course at Epsom Downs and Sandown Park; Howard Wright, former Associate Editor of the Racing Post; esteemed sports presenter Rishi Persad and new to the panel this year, Sadie Evans from our headline sponsor Racehorse Owners Association. The award finalists are as follows:
TWO YEAR OLD 2021 (Sponsored by ROA VAT)
FINALISTS: Damascus Finish (B Johnson) Nordic Glory (M Attwater) Live In The Dream (A West)
THREE YEAR OLD 2021 (Sponsored by Shotter & Byers)
FINALISTS: Arenas Del Tiempo (S Dow) Going Gone (J Boyle) Marlay Park (J Boyle)
OLDER HORSE 2021 (Sponsored by ROA)
FINALISTS: Corazon Espinado (S Dow) Enough Already (L Carter) Live In The Moment (A West)
TURF HORSE 2021 (Sponsored by J&J Franks)
FINALISTS: Corazon Espinado (S Dow) Going Gone (J Boyle) Live In The Moment (A West)
ALL-WEATHER PERFORMER 2021 (Sponsored by All-Weather Championships)
FINALISTS: Cappananty Con (M Attwater) Devizes (P Phelan) Sky Blue Thinking (A West)
HORSE OF THE YEAR 2021 (Sponsored by Moss Electrical)
FINALISTS: Corazon Espinado (S Dow) Devizes (P Phelan) Live In The Moment (A West) Sky Blue Thinking (A West)
As well as the above awards, the evening will also include the presentation of the prestigious Stanley Wootton Award (sponsored by Epsom Downs racecourse), which recognises outstanding merit on behalf of Epsom as a racing and training centre. Other awards being celebrated include The Sir David Prosser Award (sponsored by Orbital Veterinary Services), presented to the leading Epsom trainer in 2021, The Racing Welfare Dedication to Racing in Epsom 2021 and the Horse With The Most Wins 2021 (Sponsored by The Fat Jockey Partnership).
The sold-out event is set to be a wonderful celebration of Epsom’s racing community as a whole and the awards will be followed by partying and dancing with The Revue playing live.