Greatrex scoops first Team Champion awards
Lambourn trainer Warren Greatrex and Nick Alexander were named as the inaugural winners of the Lycetts Team Champion Award following the Naitonal Trainers’ Federation’s annual meeting in London yesterday.
The awards were created by the NTF and Lycetts Insurance Brokers to recognise racehorse training yards with the highest standards of employee management, but also to improve staff recruitment and retention rates by promoting best practices.
The winning yards were also awarded a £4,000 prize each to benefit and support their teams.
Greatrex, who won the category for stable with 40 or more horses, was celebrating his 43rd birthday. He said: “I’d like to thank everyone for organising it. The nominations that came in this year were fantastic and it’s going to get better.
“We all know we can’t do it without the people who basically keep us going. They’re amazing and it’s our job to make their job easier and give them opportunities to better their career. This is for them.”
The judging panel was chaired by Yogi Breisner who said it had been a privilege to be involved. “I’ve been very impressed at the high standard of the applicants and it has shown that in many yards there is a very high level of work etiquette and team spirit,” he added.
NTF chief executive Rupert Arnold said he had been delighted by how enthusiastically trainers and stable staff had responded to the new awards.
“We have established a strong base from which to build and the award for the future,” he added. “I know other trainers are already keen to follow their colleagues’ example next year and we’ve acquired a bundle of knowledge and lessons to share with them.”