Gold Coast to Host 2020 Stud and Stable Staff Awards

Gold Coast to Host 2020 Stud and Stable Staff Awards

The 2020 Magic Millions National Sale series has been boosted with news that the Stud and Stable Staff Awards will be held on the Gold Coast in late May.

The event, which recognises those who work behind the “front line” across the thoroughbred industry, will be held on Sunday, 24 May at the Gold Coast Turf Club.

Inaugurated in Australia in 2015, the Stud and Stable Staff Awards (SSSA), an initiative of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and Racing Australia and supported by Godolphin, offer recognition to everyone in every “backroom”, every stable, stud or office in the Australian thoroughbred racing and breeding industry. Anyone can nominate, and the categories are broad. There is a category for all employees involved in any and every aspect of racing and breeding – inside staff, ground crew and those with hands on roles.

“We are delighted that organisers of the SSSA have decided to present the awards on the Gold Coast during the Southern Hemisphere’s most important breeding stock auction,” Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said.

“The Stud and Staff Awards are a wonderful way to recognise those who work so hard behind the scenes to make our industry a world leader,” Bowditch added.

The Stud and Stable Staff Awards are judged in seven categories: Dedication to Racing; Dedication to Breeding; Leadership; Horsemanship; Administrative and Ancillary services; Thoroughbred Care and Welfare, and a Newcomers Award.

The Awards provide total prize money in excess of $100,000 spread over the individual categories plus an overall Thoroughbred Excellence Award.

“These awards have become an integral part of the local and international racing scene and to have an organisation such as the Magic Millions involved only adds to their significance,” Godolphin’s Director of Corporate Services Ross Cole said.

“It’s a natural fit for Magic Millions to sponsor the Dedication to Breeding category, breeders are their clients and this award acknowledges just that, their dedication,” Cole added.

Nominations will close at midnight on Friday, 13 March 2020, and can be completed online via the Stud and Stable Staff Awards website at