Lycetts Team Champion Awards to be streamed live on Facebook

This year’s Annual General Meeting is set to witness a double first – the inaugural Lycetts Team Champion Award presentations and the first live streaming of an NTF event.  The Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED will host 90 members and guests from 11.30am. The AGM at 12noon will be followed by the announcement of the winners of the Lycetts Team Champion Award and presentation of prizes by chairman of the judging panel, Yogi Breisner.

While trainers on the shortlist and some of their staff will be attending for the ceremony, it is great news for those back home in the yards that they will now be able to join in the excitement of the announcements.

The live stream is courtesy of NTF Racing Diary and Trainer Magazine publisher Anderson and Co and will shown on their Facebook page

Also being shown is the address from Jim Chiapetta from Flair, the company that makes equine nasal strips.

Malcolm Jefferson, 1946 – 2018

We are all so sad to hear that Malcolm Jefferson has passed away after fighting serious illness. Our condolences go to the family.

Everyone will know Malcolm as a mainstay of National Hunt racing in the north. To the NTF he was also a much valued member of our Council and NH Committee representing the Northern Region. His down-to-earth common sense and fundamental horsemanship were always evident in his contributions to debate.

Another attribute was Malcolm’s strong belief in supporting the recruitment and training of young people. He ensured those who showed their enthusiasm for a life racing received a sound education and he will be greatly missed by all sections of our sport.

2018 Annual General Meeting to host Lycetts Team Champion Award presentation

The NTF’s 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 22nd February at the Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED.

An inspiring new element to this year’s AGM is the announcement of the winners of the inaugural Lycetts Team Champion Award. Representatives from the two category-leading yards will receive their trophy and £4000 prize.

We will also be publicising the yards that have been awarded a star rating through the quality of their nomination for the award, reflecting their high standard of employment practices.  This will take place in the fabulous Nash Room at the IoD.

Formal notification of the AGM and the invitation and reply form will be sent out on Monday 5th February.

Death of Peter Walwyn

It is with great sadness we note the passing of Peter Walwyn. As well as his highly successful record over many years as a trainer, Peter made a massive contribution to horseracing, in particular to the training centre of Lambourn, to which he was utterly devoted.

Everyone has their story of encounters with Peter. One was never quite sure whether praise or brickbats were about to be bestowed. But the certainty was that his ultimate aim was the good of the sport or the community in which he was held in such high regard.

Mary Reveley

The NTF sends sincerest condolences to the family of Mary Reveley, who has died suddenly.

In her career as a trainer Mary saddled a huge volume of winners across both codes. She was from that rare seam of trainers whose fundamental horse knowledge enables them to bring out each horse’s full potential whatever its characteristics and aptitudes.

Her understated success gained her the respect of fellow trainers and at the NTF we benefited from her wise thoughts on racing matters.

Aidan O’Brien to be crowned Champion Trainer at Ascot

Aidan O’Brien will officially be crowned British Champion Trainer 2017 at QIPCO British Champions Day this Saturday, 21st October at Ascot.

O’Brien has enjoyed a sensational 2017 winning four out of the five British Classics, together with three winners at Royal Ascot and eleven races which comprise the 35 race QIPCO British Champions Series.

O’Brien is also tantalisingly poised to equal, and possibly exceed, the World Record for the most number of Group / Grade 1 victories in a year on QIPCO British Champions Day when he bids to eclipse Bobby Frankel’s tally of 25 which was set in 2003. Currently on 24 winners at the highest level for the year, O’Brien is fielding a dazzling squad for Britain’s richest raceday that comprises dual Classic winner Churchill, crack sprinter Caravaggio, globetrotter Highland Reel and Order of St George.

The Trainers’ Championship is decided on prize money and runs from 1st January to 31st December but, at the request of the National Trainers Federation, the presentation will be made on QIPCO British Champions Day, along with the Stobart Champion Flat Jockey and Champion Owner.

Rupert Arnold, Chief Executive of the National Trainers’ Federation said, “In recognition of his exceptional performance in 2017 and as he challenges the boundaries at the highest level, the NTF felt it was fitting that Aidan O’Brien should be crowned Champion Flat Trainer on QIPCO British Champions Day, the finale to the European flat racing season. We congratulate him and all the team at Ballydoyle.”

Rod Street, Chief Executive of British Champions Series said, “Aidan O’Brien has once again been in blistering form this season, winning 11 of the 30 QIPCO British Champions Series races that have been run to date so we are delighted to be honouring his achievements and celebrating his successful defence of his title on QIPCO British Champions Day. Congratulations to him and all the team.”

O’Brien has accrued £7,247,556 in prize money in Great Britain this year and is nearly £3 million ahead of the 2015 Champion Trainer, John Gosden who, as the last British winner of the title, will make the presentation to his peer after the QIPCO Champion Stakes at approximately 4.05pm.


Passing of Patrick Haslam

We are very sad to hear about the passing of Patrick Haslam following a long illness. Patrick was a clever and versatile trainer, renowned for the rare feat of having trained a winner at every British racecourse.

He had great energy and a passion for the sport of racing, not just training horses. He was always interested in what was going on in the industry and was much admired and respected by his colleagues.

Our condolences go to Anne and Ben.