Welcome to the website of The Horserace Writers and Photographers Association.

We hope that members will find the site useful whether you are looking for dates and links to help with Festival accreditation, keeping up to date with issues that affect your working day around the racecourses, or maybe just checking on your tipping competition scores. Please check the site regularly, as updates will be placed here long before you receive a newsletter! Any racecourses or members with information or announcements regarding media issues that they think would be of benefit to the HWPA's membership should contact a committee member. Non-members can apply to join the association by downloading a form from within the site. Thank you.

URGENT – LAST CHANCE TO VOTE FOR HWPA DERBY AWARDS – DO SO BEFORE MIDNIGHT THURS NOV 2

Posted by HWPA on November 1, 2017  |   No Comments »

IF YOU HAVEN’T VOTED ALREADY, YOU ONLY HAVE A DAY AND A HALF LEFT TO CAST YOUR VOTE IN THIS YEAR’S HWPA DERBY AWARDS

Voting closes at midnight on Thursday, November 2 for the 2017 Horserace Writers & Photographers Association annual Derby Awards.

Members are asked to cast their vote in five racing categories, with the contenders drawn up following a ballot among HWPA Committee members.

The shortlists for two writing awards have been selected by three independent judges.

The Broadcaster of the Year award remains an open vote.

Portfolios from the shortlisted Reporter and Writer of the Year contenders are posted on the HWPA website click http://www.hwpa.org/uncategorized/voting-opens-for-the-hwpa-derby-awards-2017/

The Photographer awards are decided by judges’ verdict.

Members are asked to cast their votes by midnight on Thursday, November 2. No votes cast after this deadline will be counted.

Only one vote per category

Votes should be emailed to: hwpavotes2017@hotmail.com

HWPA AWARDS – Photography Awards details, plus reminder that voting closes November 2

Posted by HWPA on October 29, 2017  |   No Comments »

The final shortlist has been drawn up for the Photography Awards at this year’s HWPA Derby Awards

The fours nominees for Photographer of the Year are Dan Abraham, Steven Cargill, Alan Crowhurst and Patrick McCann.

McCann also makes the shortlist for Picture of the Year alongside Edward Whitaker, Megan Ridgwell and Bill Selwyn.

The final four for each category was decided by an independent panel of three judges.

The Derby Awards take place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on Monday 4 December.

Tickets costing £95 can still be booked by emailing: hwpacontacts@gmail.com

Members are reminded that they only have a few more days to vote on the journalist and racing categories – up to Thursday, November 2. Nominees are listed on the HWPA website.

Votes can be can at hwpavotes2017@hotmail.com

VOTING OPENS FOR THE HWPA DERBY AWARDS 2017

Posted by HWPA on October 22, 2017  |   No Comments »

VOTE FOR THE 2017 HWPA DERBY AWARDS

Voting has opened for the 2017 Horserace Writer & Photographer Association annual Derby Awards.

Members are asked to cast their vote in five racing categories, with contenders drawn up following a ballot among HWPA Committee members.

The shortlists for two writing awards have been drawn up by three independent judges.

The Broadcaster of the Year award remains an open vote.

Portfolios from the shortlisted Reporter and Writer of the Year contenders has been posted on the HWPA website.

The Photographer awards are decided by judges’ verdict.

Members are asked to cast their votes by Thursday, November 2.

No votes cast after this deadline will be counted.

Votes should be emailed to: hwpavotes2017@hotmail.com

Only one vote per category.

RACING REPORTER OF THE YEAR
1 Marcus Armytage
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-w9LW7REHJEMHZvZ1dsNHdVSnM
2 Bill Barber
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-w9LW7REHJERFotdUdwLXJ2TzA
3 David Carr
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-w9LW7REHJERV9VeW5pRnU0bWM/view
4 Chris Cook
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-w9LW7REHJETzR0QlBnUElOcVk

RACING WRITER OF THE YEAR
1 Emma Berry
http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/a-morning-with-sir-mark-prescott/
http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/a-morning-with-the-juddmonte-stallions/
http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/a-morning-with-the-juddmonte-stallions/
2 Chris McGrath
https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/more-to-read/great-trainer-great-breeder-bolger-is-a-tesio-for-our-times/302737
https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/new-regime-at-godolphin-has-the-chance-for-a-fresh-start-with-coolmore/289387
3 Tom Kerr
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-w9LW7REHJEbmM4SUFfY0V2REE
4 Peter Thomas
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-w9LW7REHJEOHlCc0wxR0dtWmM

OWNER OF THE YEAR
1 Khalid Abdullah
2 Ann & Alan Potts
3 Two Golf Widows
4 Bill Gredley
5 Elite Racing
6 Heather & John Snook

FLAT TRAINER OF YEAR
1 Aidan O’Brien
2 Karl Burke
3 Clive Cox
4 John Gosden
5 Richard Fahey
6 Iain Jardine

FLAT JOCKEY OF YEAR
1 Frankie Dettori
2 Jim Crowley
3 PJ McDonald
4 Adam Kirby
5 Ryan Moore
6 Silvestre de Sousa

JUMP TRAINER OF THE YEAR
1 Lucinda Russell
2 Colin Tizzard
3 Nicky Henderson
4 Jessie Harrington
5 Dan Skelton
6 Willie Mullins

JUMP JOCKEY OF YEAR
1 Aidan Coleman
2 Noel Fehily
3 Brian Hughes
4 Richard Johnson
5 Robbie Power
6 Harry Skelton

BROADCASTER OF YEAR
Open Vote

HWPA Awards Lunch tickets on sale

Posted by HWPA on September 26, 2017  |   No Comments »

Tickets for this year’s glittering HWPA Awards Lunch, sponsored by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club on Monday 4 December, have gone on sale.

They remain competitively priced at £95 each for what is traditionally one of the most popular annual awards’ lunches of the racing year where excellence is recognised both on the track and within the media that covers it.

This year’s awards will again be staged at the newly refurbished Royal Lancaster Hotel in London’s West End and we hope to make the event as memorable as it has been in the past.

Bookings can be made by emailing your ticket request to hwpacontacts@gmail.com

Please include the number of tickets you require, your contact details, whether you require a purchase order or address for an invoice.

Payments should be made to the HWPA Bank A/C
Horserace Writers
Sort Code: 20-59-14
Account No: 80078751

Should you require a table for your guests at the pre-lunch drinks reception, this can be booked direct with the Royal Lancaster Hotel by contracting Event Administrator Debbie Hubbard (dhu@royallancaster.com)

We would please ask that you please tell us if you have booked a pre-lunch drinks table to help us cross-reference bookings.

I look forward to hearing from you

best wishes
Marcus Townend
President
Horserace Writers & Photographers Association

2017 HWPA MEDIA AWARDS

Posted by HWPA on September 21, 2017  |   No Comments »

Entries are now officially being invited for the media categories at the 2017 HWPA annual awards sponsored by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club.

Once again there will be two awards for journalists and two awards for photographers which will be presented at the HWPA’s awards lunch at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on Monday 4 December.

However, the HWPA committee have decided that this year there will be a slight change to the journalist awards. Entrants will only be able to enter one category – either Reporter of the Year or Racing Writer of the Year.

It is hoped this will encourage more entries by giving as many journalists as possible the opportunity to be considered for an award.

Entries for all categories MUST be received by Saturday 7 October. Entry to the awards is restricted to members of the HWPA. Entries can be both print and online published material.

JOURNALIST AWARDS

REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Entrants need to submit three pieces of work written under deadline since last year’s awards (December 5, 2016). This could include news stories & live reporting & live race reports.

RACING WRITER OF THE YEAR

More considered material including features, colour writing or comment pieces.

Entrants should supply three pieces of work. Entries should be sent clearly stating which category is being entered and with the entrant clearly identified.

Entries with either PDFs attached or including links to relevant online material should be emailed to: hwpacontacts@gmail.com

PHOTOGRAPHERS AWARDS

Pictures taken between the 2016 Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe and 2017 race are eligible.

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

A portfolio of six pictures, no bigger than A4 size produced using normal dark room techniques only.

PICTURE OF THE YEAR

One Image of identical dimensions produced using normal dark room techniques.

ENTRIES (clearly identifying the photographer) should be posted to:

Dan Abraham
28 Eagle Gardens
Bedford
MK41 7FE

HWPA – AUGUST 2017 NEWSLETTER

Posted by HWPA on August 21, 2017  |   No Comments »

NEW ACCREDITATION SYSTEM – LATEST UPDATE

The questionaire sent out to members a few weeks ago concerning RCA plans to change the system of accreditation for racing media in 2018 produced some valuable contributions and also raised some pertinent questions.
What it did not do, however, was demonstrate a feeling from members of the organisation that they were completely opposed to the change and wanted the HWPA to resist the move.
Final proposals are currently being drawn up by the RCA which they have said will be presented to the HWPA later this month.
The RCA say the change will bring racing media acceditation in line with other sports and offer ‘increased security, reduced levels of abuse and easier identification’.
There are still some significant details to finalise but, as we stand, it seems probable that the Metal Badge system will be replaced by a picture lanyard system.
This change will inevitably make for some confusion during this year’s accreditation process. The RCA insist they are prepared for this but I remain sceptical.
Members should be aware of what is happening and be ready when the 2018 accreditation process gets under way.
Even in the unlikely event of the lanyard system being delayed, all applications this year will have to be accompanied by a photograph of the applicant.

GLORIOUS GOODWOOD

HWPA members who attended this year’s meeting will be aware that the Press facilities are now somewhat less than glorious.
There were issues with area supposedly reserved for Press/Race reader viewing being taken over by both spectators and Qatari TV, car parking was a problem for many and the dungeon Press Room has what can at best be described as issues. The accreditation system also seems chaotic.
I had initial talks with the track’s new head of media during the meeting and Goodwood have been made aware of the problems.
That, of course, is different to doing something about it but I intend to make formal contact with the track and hopefully arrange a meeting to try to see if we can make improvements to Press facilities at the track, especially for it main meeting.

MAILING LIST

It has become clear that the HWPA mailing list is not comprehensive. Most members have been receiving newsletters and information but not all. This seems largely down to people changing their email addresses. The database has been updated but if you change your email please let us know.
Marcus

James Willoughby swings to victory at Goodwood as HWPA champion golfer of the year

Jordan Spieth’s performance to win his first Open at Royal Birkdale may go down as one of the sporting highlights of the summer but the HWPA golfing crown now sits on the head of Racing UK pundit and analyst James Willoughby.
James outscored his fellow HWPA members at the Qatar-sponsored competion staged at Goodwood on the eve of the track’s Festival meeting.
James is pictured above receiving his prestigious trophy from HWPA membership secretary and tournament organiser Dan Abraham in an image which highlights the standard of athleticism that the Press Room currrently boasts.
Overall winner of the tournament was a closely-run affair with three players achieving a top score of 41 points – Alan Davies, Matt Ross and Tom Haslem. It was Alan who pronounced winner on count back.
The team event also came down to a count back with Betfair squad getting the better of Sandown’s team on 92 points with the BHA in third.
After a shotgun start, the first shot of the day at the short par three 12th earned Steve Meehan the nearest-the-pin prize, Longest drive on the 18th was a mighty thwack from Matt Ross.
While the Wooden Spoon (or pair of pants) went to Burt Ward, who managed just 5 points!!!!!!!!
A massive thanks to Qatar Racing for sponsoring. Without their support this hugely popular event would not take place.
Also to the Goodwood Golf team who manage to out do themselves year after year.
One last thing we would like apologize to the sheep to the left of the 15th fairway for bombarding them all day………

RESULTS
HWPA Golfer of the year: James Willoughby
Team Competition: 1st Betfair (Martin Fisher,Tom Haslem,Jonathon Louden, Mathew Hopper); 2nd Sandown (Richard Jaques, Will Petit, Alan Davies, Rupert Bell); 3rd BHA (Rob Mounsey, Nigel Roddis, James Oldring, Jody Mogford)
Individual competition: 1st Alan Davies (41pts won on count back); 2nd Matt Ross (41pts); 3rd Tom Haslem (41 pts).
Nearest pin: Steve Meehan
Longest Drive Matt Ross

HWPA RaceBets 2017 TIPPING COMPETITION

Winner of the Leg 4 over Glorious Goodwood was Daragh O Conchuir (Profit of £25.41) with Nigel Spencer (+ £13.50) with Martin Kelly
(+ £11.24) third.

Both Daragh and Martin are now well placed in the overall yearly competition with four of the seven legs completed.

But the clear leader remains Darrell Williams, who is setting a furious pace. So far Darrell has tipped a total of 28 winners, including four successful naps. Can he keep it up?

The next leg is the four-day Doncaster St Leger Festival so there is still time to eat into Darrell’s lead and the fight for the first three places looks like being very tight.

CURRENT STANDINGS

Darrell Williams. +£60.37
Daragh O Conchuir. +£27.86
Martin Kelly. +£27.05
Arthur Jones. +£24.18
Richard Williams. +£16.71
Frank Keogh. +£15.97
Jack Millan. +£15.22
Nigel Spencer. +£11.00
Paul Wheeler. +£ 7.87
David Cleary. +£ 7.09
Michael Shinners. +£ 0.17
Matt Bisogno. -£ 6.79
Marcus Townend. -£ 6.80
Mark Openshaw. -£ 7.50
Chris Wright. -£ 7.63
Tom Peacock. -£ 8.90
Andrew Mount. -£11.17
Kel Mansfield. -£16.42
Bill Selwyn. -£19.22
John Henwood -£23.11
Julian Armfield. -£25.82
Sue Montgomery. -£26.70
Ben Hutton. -£32.04
Jason Heavey. -£33.20
Johnno Spence. -£33.45
Ed Prosser. -£40.67
Neil Clark. -£43.08
Matt Brocklebank. -£47.50

WHO IS WHO AT THE HWPA

Posted by HWPA on May 8, 2017  |   No Comments »

NEW HWPA COMMITTEE FROM APRIL 2017

President: Marcus Townend

Vice President: David Cleary

Treasurer: Jan Green

Membership Secretary: Dan Abraham

Committee Members: Graham Clark, Graham Dench, Will Hayler, Martin Kelly, Steve Payne, Louise Pollard, Mark Popham, Tom Peacock, David Carr

******************************************* HWPA AWARDS lunch tickets available ****

Posted by HWPA on November 3, 2017  |   No Comments »

HWPA AWARDS lunch tickets available

2017 HWPA Tipping competition sponsored by RaceBets – latest July 7

Posted by HWPA on July 7, 2017  |   No Comments »

HWPA Tipping competition sponsored by RaceBets

After round two at Royal Ascot, which was won by ARTHUR JONES (+£47) from DARRELL WILLIAMS (+ £30) & DAVID CLEARY (£29.44), the standings are as follows:-

Arthur Jones. + £45.00
David Cleary. +£28.24
Richard Williams. +£22.63
Chris Wright. +£18.00
Darrell Williams. +£16.00
Frank Keogh. +£13.78
Martin Kelly. +£7.00
Daragh O Conchuir. +£4.52
Paul Wheeler. +£4.11
Andrew Mount. +£4.08
Julian Armfield. +£0.60
Kel Mansfield. +£0.50
Jack Millan. -£0.62
Michael Shinners. -£1.08
Marcus Townend. -£6.05
Jason Heavey. -£9.63
Sue Montgomery. -£10.42
Craig/Nigel Spencer. -£11.00
Ben Hutton. -£14.50
Mark Openshaw. -£16.50
Tom Peacock. -£16.50
Matt Brocklebank. -£18.38
John Henwood. -£22.35
Matt Bisogno. -£23.00
Bill Selwyn. -£24.05
Ed Prosser. -£32.00
Neil Clark. -£37.68
Donn McClean. -£38.50
Johnno Spence. -£40.38

Contestants are reminded that Round Three runs over the three days of the Newmarket July Meeting which starts on Thursday next week (July 13, 2017). A reminder will be emailed out on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

HWPA – JULY 2017 NEWSLETTER

Posted by HWPA on July 7, 2017  |   No Comments »

from Marcus Townend, HWPA President:-

Changes are being proposed by the Racecourse Association to the system of accreditation for racing media and it is important to gain feedback from members of the HWPA.

In a move which was initiated by the RCA last year, the initiative would see the end to the metal badge system with it being replaced by some sort of photo ID system similar to that which exists at major meetings like Cheltenham and Royal Ascot.

The RCA say that the old metal badge system is outdated and that a picture ID would bring racing in line with accreditation systems used by other sports.

They claim the benefits would also include increased security, easier identification and lost IDs would be easier (and less expensive) to replace.

They also argue that such a lanyard system would be subject to less abuse.

Car parking would remain the same and there would be different coloured lanyards for different levels of access.

I think it is fair to say that the HWPA committee is split on this proposal. Some accept or find it hard to argue against a modernisation of the system.

Others believe that the changes will not have the desifred effect the RCA are seeking.

The RCA have not yet supplied any specific numbers on fraud in the system, although we know that it takes place.

Currently, there is no suggestion that there will be changes to any of the other badges that allow access to a racecourse (ie RCA, Trainer, Jockey).

While it is a weak argument against a change that people ‘don’t fancy wearing a lanyard’, one of the main cases put up against change is that entry systems at many racecourses are so lax and badly manned that any change to a badge system is futile when trying to combat fraudulent entry.

No matter what system is in place for 2018, it is likely that applications for accreditation this autumn will have to be accompanied by a photograph of the applicant.

While discussions continue with the RCA, it would be good to get feedback from HWPA members on concerns or queries. Any comments should be forwarded to
hwpacontacts@gmail.com

Goodwood Golf – HWPA/Al Shaqab Competition – on Monday, July 31, 2017

Posted by HWPA on June 27, 2017  |   No Comments »

The traditional HWPA Goodwood Golf competition will take place this year on Monday, July 31 on The Downs course.

It will once again be sponsored by Al Shaqab, will be free to enter and Goodwood will be pulling out all the stops to make this one of the best ever tournaments.

Starting at 11.30am for coffee and Goodwood’s gourmet bacon baps, with a Shotgun start at 12.30pm.

There will be a team and individual even,t plus HWPA members champ.

Following the battle on the course, there will be Goodwood’s five star Al fresco BBQ and prize ceremony.

To confirm your place, please contact Dan Abraham at dan.pix@btinternet.com or 07973 431119.