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Lester Award

The Lesters is an annual award ceremony for jockeys in Great Britain. The awards are named in honour of Lester Piggott, an eleven-time British flat racing Champion Jockey, and the winner of thirty British Classic Races from 1954 to 1992. The ceremony was inaugurated in 1990, and it recognizes the achievements of jockeys from both flat and jump racing during the previous year.

The ceremony was formerly scheduled to be held in January. It was moved to Maundy Thursday in 2008, and to late February in 2010. The latter event – the 20th anniversary edition – was sponsored by Shadwell.[1]

Flat Jockey of the Year

Jump Jockey of the Year

  • 1991 – Peter Niven

Apprentice Jockey of the Year

  • 1992 – David Harrison
  • 1994 – Michael Fenton
  • 1996 – Dane O'Neill
  • 1997 – Royston Ffrench
  • 1998 – Neil Pollard
  • 1999 – Robert Winston
  • 2000 – Lee Newman
  • 2001 – Keith Dalgleish
  • 2002 – Paul Hanagan
  • 2009 – Frederik Tylicki

Conditional Jockey of the Year

  • 1990 – Derek Byrne
  • 1993 – Warren Marston
  • 1997 – Barry Fenton
  • 1999 – Joe Tizzard
  • 2000 – Noel Fehily
  • 2001 – Liam Cooper
  • 2002 – Marcus Foley
  • 2003 – Marcus Foley
  • 2006 – William Kennedy
  • 2008 – Brian Hughes

Lady Jockey of the Year

  • 1990 – Alex Greaves
  • 1991 – Alex Greaves
  • 1992 – Emma O'Gorman
  • 1993 – Diane Clay
  • 1994 – Diane Clay
  • 1995 – Alex Greaves
  • 1996 – Sophie Mitchell
  • 1997 – Alex Greaves
  • 1998 – Alex Greaves
  • 1999 – Sophie Mitchell
  • 2000 – Joanna Badger
  • 2001 – Joanna Badger
  • 2002 – Joanna Badger
  • 2003 – Lisa Jones

Jockey of the Year

Honorary Lester

  • 2000 – Jim Foster (JAGB Treasurer for 30 years)
  • 2001 – Michael Caulfield (JAGB Chief Executive)

Lifetime achievement award

Chief Executive Award

  • 2007 – Reg Hollinshead

PJA Directors Award

International Jockey of the Year

Flat Ride of the Year

  • 2000 – Gary Bardwell on Bangalore in the Chester Cup, 10 May.
  • 2004 – Paul Mulrennan on Blue Spinnaker in the Zetland Gold Cup, 31 May.
  • 2005 – Tony Culhane on Toss the Caber at Musselburgh, 4 July.
  • 2007 – Paul Hanagan on Fonthill Road at York, 13 October.
  • 2008 – Jim Crowley on Bulwark in the Chester Cup, 7 May.

Jump Ride of the Year

  • 2002 – Rodi Greene on Jurancon II at Uttoxeter, 21 December.
  • 2004 – Timmy Murphy on Stormez in the Servo Computer Services Trophy, 13 November.
  • 2006 – Henry Oliver on Sissinghurst Storm at Chepstow, 18 April.

Flat Jockey Special Recognition Award

  • 2005 – John Carroll
  • 2008 – Dale Gibson
  • 2009 – Dale Gibson

Jump Jockey Special Recognition Award

  • 1998 – Simon McNeill
  • 1999 – Gary Lyons
  • 2000 – Peter Niven
  • 2001 – Willie Worthington
  • 2002 – Brian Storey
  • 2004 – Vince Slattery
  • 2005 – Jim Culloty
  • 2006 – J. P. McNamara
  • 2007 – Russ Garritty
  • 2008 – Brian Harding
  • 2009 – Jimmy McCarthy

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