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    Nathan Hughes
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    Well done the winners and thanks to all that voted

    Poster of the Year – Venture to Cognac
    Flat Horse of the Year – Love
    Jumps Horse of the Year – Al Boum Photo
    Flat Jockey of the Year – Hollie Doyle
    Jumps Jockey of the Year – Brian Hughes
    Flat Trainer of the Year – Aidan O’Brien
    Jumps Trainer of the Year – Paul Nicholls
    Hero of the Year – Pat Smullen
    Riding Performance of the Year – Barry Geraghty on Champ RSA
    Broadcaster of the Year – Ruby Walsh
    One to watch 2021 – Rossa Ryan
    Racecourse of the Year – Cheltenham
    Journalist of the Year – Chris Cook
    Villain of the Year – Covid19
    Owner of the Year – Cheveley Park Stud
    Commentator of the Year – Richard Hoiles
    Thread of the Year – Juvenile Hurdlers – Bachelors Hall

    Member since March 2008
    Nathan Hughes
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    Richard Hoiles via twitter

    Thank you Nathan and my thanks to all who took the time to participate. I think I have an unfair advantage via my role with
    so pleasing to see a wide range of nominations and votes. All the best for 2021.

    Member since March 2008
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    Nathan – do you know if there is a thread with a roll of honour? Can’t find it.

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    Many thanks Nathan for your work on this both this year and every year. Much appreciated.

    I’ve published the results on our twitter page so have hopefully managed to reach out to the various winners.


    Nathan Hughes
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    Thanks David.. yes the roll of honour for this can be found on the roll of honour thread (sticky) in the competition section of the forum. Click on that and scroll down to the very bottom

    Roll of Honour

    Poster of the Year

    2020 Venture to Cognac
    2019 Venture to Cognac
    2018 Venture to Cognac
    2017 Venture to Cognac
    2016 Venture to Cognac
    2015 Venture to Cognac
    2014 Venture to Cognac
    2013 Gamble
    2012 The Blues Brother
    2011 Billion/Kingfisher Joint Winners
    2010 Bob Rolf
    2009 Drone/Glenn Joint Winners
    2008 Graysons Column
    2007 Graysons Column

    Flat Horse of the Year

    2020 Love
    2019 Pinatubo
    2018 Enable
    2017 Enable
    2016 Minding
    2015 Golden Horn
    2014 Kingman
    2013 Treve
    2012 Frankel
    2011 Frankel
    2010 Goldikova
    2009 Sea The Stars
    2008 Zarkava

    Jumps Horse of the Year

    2020 Al Boum Photo
    2019 Tiger Roll
    2018 Tiger Roll
    2017 Sizing John
    2016 Sprinter Sacre
    2015 Coneygree
    2014 Sire De Grugy
    2013 Sprinter Sacre
    2012 Sprinter Sacre
    2011 Big Buck’s
    2010 Big Buck’s
    2009 Kauto Star
    2008 Denman
    2007 Kauto Star

    Flat Jockey of the Year

    2020 Hollie Doyle
    2019 Frankie Dettori
    2018 Frankie Dettori
    2017 Frankie Dettori and Josephine Gordon Jt Winners
    2016 Jim Crowley
    2015 Silvestre De Sousa
    2014 Ryan Moore
    2013 Johnny Murtagh
    2012 Richard Hughes
    2011 Hayley Turner
    2010 Paul Hanagan
    2009 Mick Kinane
    2008 Johnny Murtagh
    2007 Seb Sanders

    Jumps Jockey of the Year

    2020 Brian Hughes
    2019 Brian Hughes
    2018 Bryony Frost
    2017 Richard Johnson
    2016 Richard Johnson
    2015 Richard Johnson
    2014 AP McCoy
    2013 AP McCoy
    2012 AP McCoy
    2011 AP McCoy
    2010 AP McCoy
    2009 Ruby Walsh
    2008 AP McCoy

    Flat Trainer of the Year

    2020 Aidan O’Brien
    2019 John Gosden
    2018 John Gosden
    2017 Aidan O’Brien
    2016 Aidan O’Brien
    2015 John Gosden
    2014 David O’Meara
    2013 Richard Hannon Snr
    2012 Sir Henry Cecil
    2011 Sir Henry Cecil
    2010 Henry Cecil
    2009 John Oxx
    2008 Aidan O’Brien

    Jumps Trainer of the Year

    2020 Paul Nicholls
    2019 Emma Lavelle
    2018 Gordon Elliot
    2017 Nicky Henderson
    2016 Nicky Henderson and Colin Tizzard jt winners
    2015 Willie Mullins
    2014 Willie Mullins
    2013 Willie Mullins
    2012 Nicky Henderson
    2011 Donald McCain
    2010 Donald McCain
    2009 Paul Nicholls
    2008 Paul Nicholls
    2007 Paul Nicholls

    Hero of the Year

    2020 Pat Smullen
    2019 Pat Smullen
    2018 Dr Adrian McGoldrick
    2017 Many Clouds
    2016 Freddy Tylicki
    2015 Bryan Cooper
    2014 Lady Cecil + Noble Mission
    2013 The Injured Jockeys Fund
    2012 Richard Pitman
    2011 The Tatling
    2010 Paul Hanagan & Richard Hughes / Henry Cecil joint winners
    2009 Henry Cecil
    2008 Anthony Knott
    2007 Henry Cecil

    Riding Performance of the Year

    2020 Barry Geraghty on Champ RSA Cheltenham
    2019 Barry Geragthy on Sire du Belais Pertemps Cheltenham
    2018 Katie Walsh on Pylonthepressure National Hunt Chase Cheltenham
    2017 Jamie Codd on Fayonagh Champion bumper Cheltenham
    2016 Jamie Codd on Cause of Causes Kim Muir Cheltenham
    2015 Frankie Dettori on Golden Horn in the Arc
    2014 Ryan Moore on The Grey Gatsby in the Irish Champion, Leopardstown
    2013 Ruby Walsh on Tidal Bay in the Lexus Chase
    2012 AP McCoy on Synchronised in the Gold Cup
    2011 Timmy Murphy on Poker De Sivola – Bet365 Gold Cup (Whitbread)
    2010 Matt Crawley on Lastroseofsummer
    2009 AP McCoy on Wichita Lineman – Cheltenham Festival
    2008 Kevin Manning on New Approach – Epsom Derby
    2007 Ryan Moore on Notnowcato, Sandown 7th July

    Broadcaster of the Year

    2020 Ruby Walsh
    2019 Ed Chamberlain
    2018 Nick Luck + Ed Chamberlain joint winners
    2017 Matt Chapman
    2016 Matt Chapman
    2015 Matt Chapman
    2014 Gary O’Brien
    2013 Graham Cunningham
    2012 Nick Luck
    2011 Nick Luck
    2010 Lydia Hislop
    2009 Nick Luck/Lydia Hislop joint winners
    2008 Clare Balding
    2007 Clare Balding

    One to watch

    2020 Rossa Ryan
    2019 Ben Jones
    2018 Sky Sports Racing vs Racing TV
    2017 James Bowen
    2016 Altior
    2015 Frankel’s babies
    2014 Limato
    2013 Oisin Murphy
    2012 Graham Lee / Dawn Approach
    2011 Keith Dalgleish / Lucy Alexander joint winners
    2010 Sam Twiston-Davies
    2009 Rhys Flint
    2008 Rhys Flint
    2007 William Buick

    Racecourse of the Year

    2020 Cheltenham
    2019 Cheltenham
    2018 Cheltenham
    2017 Cheltenham
    2016 Hereford and Cheltenham jt winners
    2015 Ascot and Cheltenham jt winners
    2014 Auteuil
    2013 Cheltenham
    2012 Cheltenham
    2011 Cheltenham
    2010 Cheltenham
    2009 Ffos Las
    2008 Goodwood
    2007 Goodwood

    Journalist of the Year

    2020 Chris Cook
    2019 Dave Yates
    2018 Lydia Hislop
    2017 Lydia Hislop
    2016 Chris Cook
    2015 Alistair Down
    2014 Alistair Down
    2013 Lydia Hislop
    2012 Alastair Down
    2011 Matt Chapman
    2010 Alastair Down
    2009 Greg Wood/James Willoughby joint winners
    2008 Sir Clement Freud
    2007 Lydia Hislop

    Villain of the Year

    2020 Covid19
    2019 The Supreme Racing Club
    2018 FOBT’s/Bookmakers
    2017 The evil low life’s who set fire to the stable of Hettie (Jumireya) + her son Impossible Dream
    2016 Willie Mullins
    2015 Coolmore with Gleneagles shambles
    2014 Daily Mirror on Wigmore Hall
    2013 Mahmood Al Zarooni
    2012 The BBC
    2011 Howard Johnson
    2010 Paul Roy
    2009 The BBC
    2008 Dean McKeown
    2007 Faceless lawyers chasing Ian Semple

    Owner of the Year

    2020 Cheveley Park Stud
    2019 Andrew Gemmell
    2018 Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
    2017 Alan and Ann Potts
    2016 Jean Bishop
    2015 The Bradstocks
    2014 The Preston family and friends
    2013 JP McManus
    2012 Khaled Abdullah
    2011 Khaled Abdullah
    2010 JP McManus
    2009 Christopher Tsui
    2008 Princess Haya
    2007 Clive Smith

    Commentator of the Year

    2020 Richard Hoiles
    2019 Simon Holt + Richard Hoiles Jt Winners
    2018 Richard Hoiles
    2017 Richard Hoiles
    2016 Simon Holt
    2015 Simon Holt
    2014 Richard Hoiles
    2013 Richard Hoiles
    2012 Simon Holt
    2011 Richard Hoiles
    2010 Simon Holt
    2009 Simon Holt
    2008 Richard Hoiles
    2007 Richard Hoiles

    Thread of the Year

    2020 JUVENILE HURDLERS – Bachelors Hall
    2019 10 TO FOLLOW JUMPS – Venture to Cognac
    2018 4PP + DAYLIGHT CUP – Bob Rolf
    2017 BETFAIR CHASE – Venture to Cognac
    2015 IS THIS SITE IN ITS DEATH THROES – Steeplechasing
    2014 JUVENILE HURDLERS 2014/2015 – Bachelors Hall
    2013 THE DAY WE BURIED RED RUM – Steeplechasing

    TRF Honourary Lifetime Achievement Award


    TRF Lifetime Achievement Award

    2015 – Cormack15

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    Very nice of Richard Hoiles to respond Nathan and nice to know that he pops in here from time to time.

    Very well done to Bachelors Hall on winning Thread Of The Year..the amount of time and effort and all the information contained in that Thread is amazing and the insight into young horses taking their first steps to possibly becoming top class chasers is invaluable .
    I know you’ve had you knockers on here BH and I don’t care for all that, but nothing can take away from your outstanding contribution to TRF this year.. :good:

    Also a quick thank you to all who voted for Meydan Thursday 2020 it was a real curved ball of a Thread that started out trying to find a few winners in the desert at Meydan on 1st Jsnuary 2020 and found itself at the heart of the pandemic with a great bunch of TRFers posting not only great tips but updates on how they and families were getting through these awful times ..that Thread belongs to everyone who posted..many thanks

    Many thanks also to Nathan for all the hard work you have put into this. :rose: Jac

    Things turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out...
    Silver Spoon
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    Well done to all winners, especially Bachelors Hall with the juvenile thread. I’m surprised that any other threads even got nominated, never mind voted for, over that one.

    Bachelors Hall
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    Seeing as the finest commentator in the land has done an acceptance speech of sorts…

    I think the award goes to show how progressive the sport has become over the years. Given that a horse racing community collectively bestowed its second most prestigious award upon a homeless vegan, it would be difficult to argue that our beloved pastime is anything but modern and inclusive in its ethos. That being said, this should also serve as a stark wake up call to everyone contributing to these boards. After all, if some homeless vegan can win thread of the year then something must have gone terribly wrong! ;-)

    In all seriousness, I am sincerely grateful and rather overawed by the kudos. Though my contributions are broadly a personal exercise of a didactic nature, the respect that they have been given is not taken lightly.

    While the bulk of my attention on these boards has recently oriented around horse racing, I fear that I might have misrepresented myself in the voting thread by unwillingly implying that anything on TRF outside of the sport is possibly superfluous. For the sake of clarity, I can state categorically that this is not my opinion. The community spirit which emanates organically outside of our common interest is palpable, and the Meydan Thursday thread did not just demonstrate, but unequivocally proved that the bonds made on this forum are tangible, sincere and, last year especially, crucial. Indeed, in this regard I am quite embarrassed that the juvenile hurdlers thread won the vote. As much as I strive for the thread to be informative, it pales in comparison when it comes to the appreciable positive impact it has on the real lives of others. To this end, I offer only my heartiest congratulations to Triptych and everybody mesmerised by the desert sands for creating something truly remarkable. I would also like to express praise for ExRubyLight for his Southwell thread. The welfare of the horses to whom we owe our passion is paramount, and any compromise to same should be held to the most uncompromising scrutiny and admonishment. It takes a brave person in this current climate to address the occasional trespass of the proverbial elephant into our proverbial house. Although we as racing fans are aware that the elephant is usually meandering outside and staying out of harm’s way, we can not use the antagonism of zealots, or the fleeting and fickle waves of the uninformed public, as an excuse to not maintain vigilance on our own affairs.

    As an aside, I don’t know if I ever formally conceded the poem of the year contest, but for what it’s worth, well done Nathan, you were the worthy winner. After all, you wrote an actual poem whereas I just wrote the same word ten times. I can see now that I was beaten by the better scribe. I am not sure if there is, or ever has been, any needle between us. Given that I was rather more mercurial and prone to biodegradable memories in the past, it is entirely possible. Nevertheless, for what it is worth, I think your efforts here are laudable, and whatever is beneficial for the forum is beneficial for me so you are definitely in my good books :yes:

    That should just about cover it. So thanks everybody for voting, whoever you voted for, thanks everybody for contributing, however that may be, thanks to everybody on the admin team for their tireless and worthy work, and I wish you all a peaceful and enjoyable 2021.

    Colin Phillips
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    Congratulations, BH/Kotkijet.

    Unbelievable amount of work must go into your pots.

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    And on the seventh day he rested …. and here I am. I have put both Elon Musk and the tortoise to shame with my furious schedule of late, plus a spartan regime of no TV (apart from BBC online with my first morning tea followed by a bit of Al jazeera) no alcohol and no internet (see above). I have been attributed key worker status so can park more or less freely in the parts of the quickly sickening bankrokeciti that need me – so the Alien looking creature that frightened old ladies in the subway system has been temporarily confined to vacant aisles in Tesco.

    Enough of me – I would like to congratulate all winners in this yearly fest of who can toss the caber further. But first mention goes to the tug of war winner Richard the HEAVER Hoiles whose leg muscles and firm grip were too much for Simon the HO Holt winning him his seventh year on year truffle tussle.

    As for the BIG ONE Venture to Cognac has sealed his sixth consecutive win which is an unassailable record in my book and testament to what he does so well on this platform. Every good wish to you VTC and keep that secret potion to yourself

    I now have something rather unpleasant to write as life is not all peaches and cream but has the occasional puppy dog tail with a rabid dog lurking on the other end which leads me on to ….the list :mail:

    Sadly a deficient list as those pre 2007 are lying seethingly set in a murky Dead sea nestling next to a fed up looking Davy’s locker list. Put that to rights or risk the phantom’s return year on year to throw his bells.

    We have at least one further GRAYSONS COLUMN ( lets hear it for Jeremy’s third column) At least one DAVID CORMACK ( lets hear it for David who came to fame escaping on a horsey as 15 in the Prisoner series )
    Next we see an airbrushed IAN DAVIES who has two big ones to his name and goes by several titles but we will ascribe him his favourite today ‘chief’ – So let’s hear it for the Chief.

    You see COMPLETE SILENCE… they are all under the sea and there’s the rub and time for me to take my third tea…
    ( Time passes )…tick tock tock goes the forum tick.

    Someone almost two decades ago once said ‘gamble is God’ and I know for a fact Ian Davies was also ascribed the same three letters ( or were they something different ?) but given two possibly confirmed gods dogs or logs we have a new one to consider – the biggest improver who heralds and confirms the benefits of living in a confined dripping space and Veganism to boot – the one and only Bachelors Hall ( Thread of the Year ) stand Tall when you enter the Hall and welcome to the deity.

    flatcapgamble… let’s hope he goes back in his box like me.

    Tortoise…The only way is my way as little slow steps can get you anywhere

    The corrected list… :mail:

    Nathan Hughes
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    Looks like the TheRacingForum and Football have the same issues here Gamble
    ie Did it exist pre Premier League.? :unsure:

    Member since March 2008
    Venture to Cognac
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    Thank you Gamble, and well done Bachelors

    Thanks for the hard work Nath

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