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Friday, July 15, 2011



Newmarket Racecourses is toasting stables manager Joyce Wallsgrove after she was last night announced as one of six winners at the 2011 Betfair-sponsored Pride of Racing Awards.


The prestigious annual awards event was hosted by Epsom Racecourse where HRH Princess Royal headed a distinguished list of attendees.


As guest of honour, she was presented to each of this years awards winners, who were selected by a judging panel after an initial nominations stage.


Newmarket Racecourses managing director Stephen Wallis put forward Joyce Wallsgrove, who is in her seventh year of doing an outstanding job overseeing the courses stabling block.


She had previously worked as a head groom at the stables of leading trainer Barry Hills, where she looked after many fine racehorses, including Moonax and Bold Russian.


Several of Joyces colleagues - including Newmarkets director of racing Michael Prosser - were able to share in her success as they travelled to Epsom to support her.


Prosser said: We are absolutely thrilled at this recognition of Joyces career-long commitment to racing and feel that she is a very worthy winner.


Our stables and the accompanying hostel run like clockwork under Joyce. It is a great testament to her that Stephen Wallis and I need not concern ourselves at our race meetings with the cleanliness of the yard, the turnaround of the boxes or the issues - big and small - that visiting grooms may have. Joyce deals with all of these things, and a lot more besides, without fuss.


She is an ideal manager because she is more than happy to bear responsibility - and does so most capably. These are rare qualities.


Her role also demands great people skills. You are dealing with so many stable staff, including from overseas, but because of the time Joyce spent working for a trainer, she fully understands their requirements and caters for them accordingly.


She habitually goes the extra mile, both for horses and people. Its in her blood and we know just how fortunate we are to have her working for us at Newmarket Racecourses.


Newmarket Racecourses is part of The Jockey Club. Its Group Chief Executive, Simon Bazalgette, attended the Pride of Racing Awards and said: “I’m absolutely thrilled for Joyce on this achievement and also wish to congratulate the wider team at Newmarket Racecourses for the great work they do.


"Having the best people working within The Jockey Club group makes all the difference. That’s why we invest more than £250,000 a year in training and development and our 14-strong racecourse arm achieved Investors in People accreditation last year.


"I’m also delighted that these Betfair Pride of Racing Awards are in aid of the charity Racing Welfare, which does tremendous work for racing’s people in need.”


Each of the six winners received a commemorative bronze and a cheque for £500.00.


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