Yarradale Stud manager Bernadette Hamill is among the six nominees for the Thoroughbred Excellence Award at Australia’s inaugural Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards on Tuesday.

The six category winners have pocketed $10,000 each for their efforts and the overall Thoroughbred Excellence Award winner gets an extra $5,000.  The winner’s stable or stud receives a $4,000 bonus.

Hamill won the Dedication to Breeding Award from fellow finalists Vikki Cannon (Gooree Park) and Gerard Ryan (Coolmore Stud).  She first started at Yarradale in 1996 while completing a university degree and was appointed Stud Manager in 2004.

Bernie has worked in the industry since 1981 including stints at Cheveley Park in England and Three Chimneys in Kentucky.

The other five category winners include Gai Waterhouse’s foreman Mark Newnham (Dedication to Racing), Chris Waller’s trackwork rider Ben Cadden (Horsemanship), Affinity Park’s Amy Taylor (Thoroughbred Care and Welfare), Griffiths Racing’s Don Healy (Administration) and David Hayes Racing’s Richard Nettleton (Leadership).

The Godolphin Awards were first held in Europe in 2005 and have been introduced to Australia after a collaboration between Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and Racing Australia.  They recognise the hard work and dedication of stud and stable staff in Australia, recognising the huge contribution they make to the industry.

A total of 176 entries were submitted from both regional and metropolitan areas across all states and territories in Australia.

Johan Petzer, Chair of the Judging Panel, congratulated all the individual winners of the various categories.  “They are all well-deserved,” he said.  “In addition, I would like to acknowledge the extremely high standard of all nominations received.  I would like to thank all of our partners and everyone who helped make the awards such a success.”

The overall winner of the Godolphin Excellence Award will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 24 at Randwick.