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.

Nominations published for the QREC DERBY AWARDS 2018

Posted by HWPA on November 14, 2018  |   No Comments »

QREC DERBY AWARDS 2018 NOMINATIONS

The 2018 QREC Derby Awards are announced on the afternoon of Monday, December 3.
The nominations for the awards are listed below.
Tickets for the event are still available

Reporter of the Year
Mark Souster
Chris Cook
Bill Barber
David Carr

Horserace Writer
Alastair Down
Peter Thomas
Donn McClean
Chris McGrath

International Trainer of the Year
Karl Burke
John Gosden
Saeed Bin Suroor
Charlie Appleby

Owner of year
Bjorn Nielsen
Godolphin
John Dance
Qatar Racing

Flat Trainer
Charlie Appleby
John Gosden
Mark Johnston
Karl Burke

Flat Jockey
Silvestre De Sousa
Oisin Murphy
James Doyle
Jason Watson

Jump Jockey
Richard Johnson
Bryony Frost
Brian Hughes
Harry Skelton

Jump Trainer
Nicky Henderson
Gordon Elliott
Willie Mullins
Colin Tizzard

Broadcaster of year
Lydia Hislop
Ed Chamberlin
Jason Weaver
Nick Luck

Picture of the Year
Louise Pollard
John Hoy
Steve Davies
Edward Whitaker
Simon Cooper

Photographer of the Year
Fran Altoft
Alan Crowhurst
Edward Whitaker
Louise Pollard

VOTING FOR HWPA AWARDS 2018 ENDS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 AT 6PM

Posted by HWPA on November 5, 2018  |   No Comments »

Don’t forget to vote

2018 QREC HWPA Derby Awards – the 52nd – with article links

THE NOMINATIONS

The entries have been whittled down by the judges and we now have the four final nominations for each of the journalist awards at this year’s 52nd HWPA Derby Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on Monday December 3.

Votes are also invited for the Broadcaster of the Year and the Racing Professionals categories.

Votes should be cast – clearly identifying who has voted – by emailing:
hwpacontacts@gmail.com

The shortlists are:

REPORTER OF THE YEAR
please see links to articles by each journalist below their names

Bill Barber
Steve Harman 1 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/da41726d-975a-4226-85ac-1e949df1fc6a.pdf
Steve Harman 2 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/4e491d14-64c9-4ee6-b6f7-591b05331f1f.pdf

FOBT 1 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/53a75370-201e-4bbe-88fb-6a66ddc4d7eb.pdf
FOBT 2 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/3a3b91e0-0670-4e9b-ac2c-c47b9795c624.pdf

Sky 1 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/6e5e1e73-93c6-4160-9922-02ba69a49d1f.pdf
Sky 2 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/c6f32a19-2f20-46fb-bd58-c3aaee4ebe4c.pdf

David Carr
Too Darn Hot – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/fff5a76c-d0d4-4dd2-b811-2864945a0e78.pdf
Jo Foster – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/ee98d9ac-5fbc-436b-848e-bf41e6b179b2.pdf
Jockeys’ Diet – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/270bf00f-207d-43c7-ae76-c2a2f75982f6.pdf

Chris Cook
Punchestown – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/d9e222b0-a1a8-44eb-9a8b-ff918cf10567.pdf
Cheltenham Betting – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/b24e20ae-5b94-4f3f-b616-b4322d6d25a2.pdf
Rhododendron – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/ee246d2a-fbb2-4b2b-a602-8b1a39abd916.pdf

Mark Souster
Stalls Handlers – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/dfa26ec6-4285-495d-a57e-e72fe6e0f6a1.pdf
New Owners – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/5f9744a3-c4c0-416e-8d1f-d3e500db5f8f.pdf
Tote – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/2b968ebf-3e3a-4913-b26b-03589ae764a9.pdf

WRITER OF THE YEAR
please see links to articles by each journalist below their names

Alastair Down
Carrie Humble 1 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/ee155c53-c4f0-443c-b02e-b3da273f24a9.pdf
Carrie Humble 2 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/2c9549d7-201e-43ce-8dcf-3c7a19cc91be.pdf

Easterbys 1 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/6fde9d07-8922-45e3-a12c-ddc6e4623e8a.pdf
Easterbys 2 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/d3179977-ebb8-4a52-a6a8-320c9809a46d.pdf
Easterbys 3 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/01c4aecc-976c-43d5-a806-5f59b797b864.pdf

Lightning Spear – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/86a211af-edde-4222-a34c-4e2478b2a123.pdf

Chris McGrath
Much to offer https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/years-of-experience-mean-yesterday-s-man-still-has-much-to-offer/306168
John Oxx http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/ups-and-downs-show-constant-class-of-oxx/
Ocala – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/9a67e949-3fa9-4ec4-ae51-7f0bc6c8a46e.pdf

Donn McClean
Patrick Mullins – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/38d6da16-1c80-4023-bd7d-8a91b2d414fb.pdf
Pat Smullen – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/fff1e4f5-294a-4766-8e31-dbd5144e1774.pdf
Davy Russell – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/fe383408-2cb6-46ca-bc31-383f320d9064.pdf

Peter Thomas
All articles – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/55abe70c-bd76-43bd-a4b1-90731e2acb89.pdf

Entries are also invited for:
BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR
(This is an open vote with HWPA members invited to vote for the fellow HWPA member who is their broadcaster of choice for 2018)

PLEASE ALSO VOTE FOR THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES FROM THE NOMINATED SHORTLISTS

FLAT JOCKEY
Silvestre de Sousa
Oisin Murphy
James Doyle
William Buick
PJ McDonald
Jason Watson

FLAT TRAINER
Charlie Appleby
John Gosden
William Haggas
Mark Johnston
Karl Burke
Archie Watson

OWNER
Godolphin
Qatar Racing
Bjorn Nielsen
Simon Munir/Isaac Souede
John Dance
Brocade Racing

JUMP JOCKEY
Richard Johnson
Harry Skelton
Brian Hughes
Bryony Frost
Harry Cobden
James Bowen

JUMP TRAINER
Nicky Henderson
Colin Tizzard
Gordon Elliott
Willie Mullins
Dan Skelton
Tom George

VOTE NOW FOR THE WINNERS OF THE QREC HWPA DERBY AWARDS 2018

Posted by HWPA on October 29, 2018  |   No Comments »

2018 QREC HWPA Derby Awards – the 52nd – with article links

THE NOMINATIONS

The entries have been whittled down by the judges and we now have the four final nominations for each of the journalist awards at this year’s 52nd HWPA Derby Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on Monday December 3.

Votes are also invited for the Broadcaster of the Year and the Racing Professionals categories.

Votes should be cast – clearly identifying who has voted – by emailing:
hwpacontacts@gmail.com

The shortlists are:

REPORTER OF THE YEAR
please see links to articles by each journalist below their names

Bill Barber
Steve Harman 1 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/da41726d-975a-4226-85ac-1e949df1fc6a.pdf
Steve Harman 2 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/4e491d14-64c9-4ee6-b6f7-591b05331f1f.pdf

FOBT 1 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/53a75370-201e-4bbe-88fb-6a66ddc4d7eb.pdf
FOBT 2 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/3a3b91e0-0670-4e9b-ac2c-c47b9795c624.pdf

Sky 1 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/6e5e1e73-93c6-4160-9922-02ba69a49d1f.pdf
Sky 2 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/c6f32a19-2f20-46fb-bd58-c3aaee4ebe4c.pdf

David Carr
Too Darn Hot – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/fff5a76c-d0d4-4dd2-b811-2864945a0e78.pdf
Jo Foster – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/ee98d9ac-5fbc-436b-848e-bf41e6b179b2.pdf
Jockeys’ Diet – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/270bf00f-207d-43c7-ae76-c2a2f75982f6.pdf

Chris Cook
Punchestown – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/d9e222b0-a1a8-44eb-9a8b-ff918cf10567.pdf
Cheltenham Betting – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/b24e20ae-5b94-4f3f-b616-b4322d6d25a2.pdf
Rhododendron – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/ee246d2a-fbb2-4b2b-a602-8b1a39abd916.pdf

Mark Souster
Stalls Handlers – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/dfa26ec6-4285-495d-a57e-e72fe6e0f6a1.pdf
New Owners – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/5f9744a3-c4c0-416e-8d1f-d3e500db5f8f.pdf
Tote – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/2b968ebf-3e3a-4913-b26b-03589ae764a9.pdf

WRITER OF THE YEAR
please see links to articles by each journalist below their names

Alastair Down
Carrie Humble 1 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/ee155c53-c4f0-443c-b02e-b3da273f24a9.pdf
Carrie Humble 2 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/2c9549d7-201e-43ce-8dcf-3c7a19cc91be.pdf

Easterbys 1 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/6fde9d07-8922-45e3-a12c-ddc6e4623e8a.pdf
Easterbys 2 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/d3179977-ebb8-4a52-a6a8-320c9809a46d.pdf
Easterbys 3 – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/01c4aecc-976c-43d5-a806-5f59b797b864.pdf

Lightning Spear – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/86a211af-edde-4222-a34c-4e2478b2a123.pdf

Chris McGrath
Much to offer https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/years-of-experience-mean-yesterday-s-man-still-has-much-to-offer/306168
John Oxx http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/ups-and-downs-show-constant-class-of-oxx/
Ocala – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/9a67e949-3fa9-4ec4-ae51-7f0bc6c8a46e.pdf

Donn McClean
Patrick Mullins – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/38d6da16-1c80-4023-bd7d-8a91b2d414fb.pdf
Pat Smullen – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/fff1e4f5-294a-4766-8e31-dbd5144e1774.pdf
Davy Russell – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/fe383408-2cb6-46ca-bc31-383f320d9064.pdf

Peter Thomas
All articles – http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/55abe70c-bd76-43bd-a4b1-90731e2acb89.pdf

Entries are also invited for:
BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR
(This is an open vote with HWPA members invited to vote for the fellow HWPA member who is their broadcaster of choice for 2018)

PLEASE ALSO VOTE FOR THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES FROM THE NOMINATED SHORTLISTS

FLAT JOCKEY
Silvestre de Sousa
Oisin Murphy
James Doyle
William Buick
PJ McDonald
Jason Watson

FLAT TRAINER
Charlie Appleby
John Gosden
William Haggas
Mark Johnston
Karl Burke
Archie Watson

OWNER
Godolphin
Qatar Racing
Bjorn Nielsen
Simon Munir/Isaac Souede
John Dance
Brocade Racing

JUMP JOCKEY
Richard Johnson
Harry Skelton
Brian Hughes
Bryony Frost
Harry Cobden
James Bowen

JUMP TRAINER
Nicky Henderson
Colin Tizzard
Gordon Elliott
Willie Mullins
Dan Skelton
Tom George

MAKE YOUR ENTRIES FOR THE 2018 HWPA AWARDS NOW

Posted by HWPA on October 8, 2018  |   No Comments »

ENTRIES OPEN FOR 2018 HWPA DERBY AWARDS – DEADLINE 11 OCTOBER 2018
(sponsored by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club)

Entries have opened for the 2018 Horserace Writers & Photographers Derby Awards which will be presented at the HWPA’s annual lunch, this year held at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel on Monday 3 December.

The awards are once again generously sponsored by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club.

Work considered must be written material or photographs which was generated between October 1, 2017 & October 7, 2018.

ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY THURSDAY 11 OCTOBER

Journalists can submit entries for two categories:

HORSERACE WRITER OF THE YEAR

Entrants should submit three pieces of work. They can be feature articles, commentaries, investigations or considered material

REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Entrants should submit three pieces of work. These could include news stories or reports/colour articles which have been work written to a deadline.

Entries should be emailed in pdf form to hwpacontacts@gmail.com

Your entry should be clearly marked with name, contact number and which category is being entered.

Photographers can enter two categories

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Entrants should submit a portfolio of six pictures, A4 format. All entries should be produced using traditional dark room procedures and cannot be stills taken from video footage.

PICTURE OF THE YEAR

One picture using the same specifications as above. The picture can be part of the portfolio being entered for Photographer of the Year.

Photographic entries should be posted to Will Hayler, 1 North Lane, York, YO24 2NS.

(TO BE CONSIDERED FOR AN AWARD ENTRANTS MUST BE CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE HWPA)

HWPA Golf at Goodwood results 2018

Posted by HWPA on August 22, 2018  |   No Comments »

HWPA Golf

Never before has there been a hole-in-one at the annual HWPA Goodwood Golf day but, amazingly, this year’s tournament produced two.

Ryan Spencer produced one and the other came from dual Grand National winning jockey Carl Llewellyn.

Neither man, however, managed to win the tournament, sponsored by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club, outright despite their memorable achievements.

That’s because the HWPA’s champion golfer of the year is Mark Gunning.

Mark, who worked for SIS before his retirement, scored 44pts in the Stableford competition to pip John Rowe by a point.

Mark was also part of the second placed team.

The team event was won by the squad of Kieran O’Brien, John Rowe, Chris Piore and Richard Cosgrove with a score of 98pts.

Adam ‘Bert’ Ward had the honour – well, sort of – of retaining his ‘Pants Trophy’ for again recording the worst score of the day.

SCORES

TEAM EVENT

1st: Kieran O’Brien, John Rowe, Chris Piore and Richard Cosgrove (98 pts)

2nd: David Hoskyns, Richard Verlander, Mark Gunning and Paul McLaren (97pts)

3rd: Damo Watson, Matt Frith, William Kennedy and Dan Abraham (96 pts)b

INDIVIDUAL

1st: Mark Gunning (44pts)

2nd: John Rowe (43pts)

3rd: Chris Priore (42pts)

LONGEST DRIVE

Tom Dagwell

NEAREST THE PIN

Mark Johnson

RaceBets HWPA Tipping Competition – Leg 3 Result

Posted by HWPA on July 19, 2018  |   No Comments »

RaceBets HWPA Tipping Competition latest

Nigel Spencer was the decisive winner of the Newmarket July meeting leg of the RaceBets HWPA tipping competition, thanks to napping 33/1 winner Naval Intelligence.

Nigel finished with a profit for the meeting of +75.54, which also puts him in a strong but not unassailable lead for the overall competition.

Second in Leg 3 was Andrew Mount (+17.00) with Jon Freeman ( +13.35) third. Both tipped 20-1 shot Pretty Pollyanna.

Behind Nigel Spencer (+94.04) in the overall standings are Julian Armfield (+40.11) and Sue Russell (+14.14).

OVERALL STANDINGS
N Spencer +94.04
J Armfield +40.11
S Russell +14.14
A Mount +8.57
P Wheeler +8.48
M Openshaw +4.75
D O Conchuir +3.79
J Freeman -7.28
J Millan -9.10
M Bisogno -12.14
B Hutton -14.93
A Bladen -18.07
B Selwyn -21.00
R Williams -23.99
D Cleary -26.60
F Keogh -26.61
M Shinners -27.06
D Williams -28.10
J Heavey -39.95
J Henwood -40.60
A Jones -41.50
T Peacock -44.68
E Prosser -47.00
J Spence -48.30
W Hayler -52.75

Third leg of 2018 RaceBet’s HWPA Tipping Competition starts tomorrow, July 12

Posted by HWPA on July 11, 2018  |   No Comments »

The RaceBets HWPA Tipping Competition’s third leg commences on July 12, 2018

The third leg of the 2018 RaceBet’s HWPA Tipping Competition starts tomorrow and runs for the three days of the Newmarket July Meeting.

Once again all selections should be sent to David Cleary (dpcleary@btinternet.com)

All very much still to play for in the overall season competition.

Good luck.

RaceBets HWPA Tipping Competition – latest after leg 2 Royal Ascot

Posted by HWPA on July 6, 2018  |   No Comments »

Results at Royal Ascot

Julian Armfield was the winner of the Royal Ascot leg of the RaceBets HWPA Tipping Competition (leg 2).

Julian returned a profit of +40.57, largely thanks to napping 25/1 Queen Mary Stakes winner Signora Cabello.

Second over the five-day meeting was Nigel Spencer (+20.50), who napped Expert Eye and Eqtidaar, with Paul Wheeler third (+9.90) after he showed profit on three of the five days.

Julian’s win means he is also now overall competition leader with +31.61 from Nigel Spencer (+18.50) and Daragh O Conchuir (+8.60).

Six tipsters are in profit.

THE LEADERBOARD
J Armfield +31.61
N Spencer +18.50
D O Conchuir + 8.60
P Wheeler +3.19
B Hutton +2.32
S Russell +1.20
J Millan -0.39
M Openshaw -1.75
A Mount -8.34
R Williams -10.43
M Shinners -13.31
M Bisogno -18.89
A Bladen -19.67
A Jones -20.50
J Freeman -20.63
D Williams -25.64
D Cleary -28.14
B Selwyn -29.75
J Spence -31.75
W Hayley -32.75
J Henwood -33.89
J Heavey -34.39
E Prosser -35.00
F Keogh -35.81
T Peacock -36.43

RaceBets HWPA Tipping Competition Results

Posted by HWPA on June 4, 2018  |   No Comments »

2018 RaceBets HWPA tipping competition first leg results

Ben Hutton has won leg one of the 2018 RaceBets HWPA Tipping competition which covered the two days of the Investec Derby meeting at Epsom.

Ben finished with a profit of £20.25. Second place went to Jack Millan (+£10.54) with Andrew Mount (+£7.00) third.

Jack and Andrew managed to find Derby winner Masar and Andrew went close to landing a major blow in the overall competition when he napped narrow 33-1 Coronation Cup runner-up Salouen on Friday.

Ben wins first prize of £450 with Jack collecting runner-up purse of £125. Andrew picks up £50.

The overall competition winner after seven legs which end with Champions day at Ascot in October picks up £1,000.

LEG ONE STANDINGS
Ben Hutton +20.25
Jack Millan +10.54
Andrew Mount +7.00
Sue Russell +3.04
Arthur Jones +2.50
Daragh O Conchuir +2.04
Richard Williams +2.00
Darrell Williams +0.04
Matt Bisogno -0.54
Johnno Spence -1.75
Nigel Spencer -2.00
Jon Freeman -2.96
Will Hayler -3.75
Mark Openshaw -6.00
Paul Wheeler -6.71
Tom Peacock -8.00
Julian Armfield -8.96
Frank Keogh -11.71
David Cleary -12.71
Jason Heavey -12.71
Jon Henwood -12.71
Michael Shinners -12.71
Ed Prosser -14.00
Bill Selwyn -14.00

2018 HWPA GOODWOOD GOLF TOURNAMENT

Posted by HWPA on June 4, 2018  |   No Comments »

2018 HWPA GOODWOOD GOLF TOURNAMENT

The traditional HWPA Goodwood Golf competition will take place this year on Monday 30 July on The Downs course.

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

The event starts at 11.30am for coffee and Goodwood’s gourmet bacon baps with a Shotgun start at 12.30.

There will be a team and individual event plus HWPA members champ.

Following the battle on the course there will be one of Goodwood’s five-star Al Fresco BBQ and prize ceremony.

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

MEDIA ACCREDITATION QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL

Posted by HWPA on June 4, 2018  |   No Comments »

Media Accreditation for Qatar Goodwood Festival
Tuesday 31 July – Saturday 4 August

RCA Media Accreditation will not provide entry into Goodwood Racecourse during the five-day Qatar Goodwood Festival. Accreditation must be applied for using the online portal.

The new system is designed to be as simple as possible; to apply for accreditation please follow these steps:

1. Sign in to your press account, you will not be able to apply without being signed in. If you don’t have an account you can create one here. If you have forgotten your password you can reset it here.

2. Once signed in head to Goodwood.com/accreditation and apply for your chosen event(s).

3. You will receive email confirmation of your application(s) and a further email once your application has been processed to confirm it has been approved or denied.

You will find the link to the 2018 Horseracing Press Accreditation Guidelines on the Media Accreditation page. Please take a couple of minutes to read before you proceed.

The RCA ‘P’ parking label will allow the bearer to park in press car park 4. Please note that this car park is available on a first come, first served basis. Overflow from car park 4 and those without an RCA ‘P’ label will be parked in car park 8 opposite the Racecourse.

If you have any questions please contact Emma Chamings
emma@jsccomms.co.uk or 07887 792 980.

2018 RaceBets HWPA Tipping Competition Details

Posted by HWPA on May 25, 2018  |   No Comments »

2018 RaceBets HWPA Tipping Competition

Entries are invited for the 2018 HWPA Tipping competition, once again generously supported by RaceBets.

This year’s competition will start with the two-day Investec Derby meeting on June 1 and run across seven legs concluding with Champions Day at Ascot on October 20.

The entry fee is once again £100 which must be paid IN FULL and in advance of Leg One into the HWPA account. Entry payments MUST be paid online. Cash or cheques will not be accepted.

The overall winner will win £1,000. Individual Leg prizes will be calculated after we have clarity on the number of members who enter.

Rules are the same as 2017. Each set of selections should have a nap, which if successful will be paid at double SP. Late selections will not be accepted.

The initial leg will be run by David Cleary. Entries should be emailed to him at
dpcleary@btinternet.com

TIPPING COMPETITION LEGS
Investec Derby meeting (June 1-2)
Royal Ascot (June 19-23)
Newmarket July (July 12-14)
Glorious Goodwood (July 31-Aug 4)
York Ebor (Aug 22-25)
Doncaster St Leger (Sept 12-15)
Ascot Champions Day (October 20)

ENTRY FEE SHOULD BE PAID TO HWPA ACCOUNT:
Sort Code: 20-59-14
Account No: 80078751

(Please make sure your payment is clearly identifiable to you and is referenced as ‘Tipping Competition entry’)

Newsletter – Jan – 2018 – from the President Marcus Townend

Posted by HWPA on January 28, 2018  |   No Comments »

NEWSLETTER – January 2018

NEW ACCREDITATION
Many of you will already have formed an opinion on the new lanyards that have replaced the metal badge system of racing hmedia accreditation.
This was a change of system imposed on the HWPA members and the wider racing media by the Racecourse Association despite us raising a number of objections that were rejected.
We did, however, receive an undertaking from the RCA that they would review the situation in the summer.
Some of you will hate the new lanyards and some will not give a jot but we need to understand how you are all feeling for this meeting.
There has already been some negative feedback, especialy from photographers regarding the practicality, or lack of it, of having a lanyard around the neck.
If you have any issues/comments please email them to hwpacontacts@gmail.com
Sensible ones only please!
If there is a groundswell against lanyards, tell us what the problem them.
We need solid arguments to go to the RCA with. It is not enough simply to say you just don’t like it.
We are representing your views – TELL US WHAT YOU THINK.

PHOTOGRAPHER ACCREDITATION CRITERIA
A meeting will take place between the HWPA and RCA in an attempt to draw up clearer criteria for the accreditation of photographers. It has become clear in recent months with increasing numbers of ‘amateurs’ taking pictures and more agencies attempting to gain access that more straightforward guidelines are needed.
If you have any points to make please email the usual address or contact Dan Abraham.

WEBSITE & RE-BRAND
The HWPA’s website is old, tired and problematic to run. We need to modernise and have a much more professional focal point for the organisation.
With this in mind, we have engaged a website designer to deliver us a slicker, more professional hub. Initial work has been done and another meeting is imminent.
The HWPA was bequeathed a sum of money by Sir Peter O’Sullevan and the committee voted that this development is a good use for that donation.

TIPPING COMPETITION
RaceBets have been asked if they are prepared to continue backing our tipping competition in 2018. I hope to have more news shortly.

DERBY AWARDS LUNCH
Our annual awards lunch at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on December 4 seemed to go well. We had a clutch of popular winners, the newly designed awards seemed well received and we have received some favourable comments from guests indicating they intend to join us again.
Treasurer Jan Green is still tying up the final details of the finances but we should hopefully soon have an idea of any surplus that will be donated to our chosen charity, Racing To School.

SUBCRIPTIONS DUE
A gentle reminder that 2018 subscriptions are now due – same price at last year – £25.
If you have not set up a Direct Debit (the best way to pay), payments can be made to the HWPA Account
Sort Code: 20-59-14
Account No: 80078751
Please ref with YOUR NAME/sub
New members should send the application form that is accessed via the HWPA website to our membership secretary:
Dan Abraham, HWPA Membership, 28 Eagle Gardens, Bedford, MK41 7FE

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
As usual the HWPA AGM will be held at Aintree on Grand National day (Saturday 14 April). This is open to all members. This is also the opportunity for members to put themselves forward to be on the committee. Should you wish to stand, you should contact the HWPA via hwpacontacts@gmail.com no less than one week before the AGM.

2018 Membership details – the form itself will be updated for 2018 shortly

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………………………………………………….AWARDS’ WINNERS………………………………………….

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WINNERS FROM THE 51ST ANNUAL HWPA DERBY AWARDS SUPPORTED BY THE QATAR RACING & EQUESTRIAN CLUB

Chris McGrath was announced as Racing Writer of the Year at the 51st annual Horserace Writers & Photographers Association (HWPA) Derby Awards Lunch, held in London today, Monday, December 4 and supported by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club.

McGrath won the Clive Graham Trophy for a third time, the first two when writing for The Independent in 2007 and 2013, while this year’s award came for his work as Bloodstock Editor of the Racing Post.

He gained a higher number of votes among the HWPA membership than any of the three other nominees, Racing Post columnist Peter Thomas, the 2016 winner Tom Kerr (Racing Post) and Emma Berry, the European Editor of Thoroughbred Daily News. Alastair Down holds the record for the number of wins as Racing Writer of the Year (four).

The Peter O’Sullevan Trophy for Broadcaster of the Year, founded in 2004, went to Luke Harvey, who works for ITV Racing and At The Races among others, for the first time. He polled the highest number of votes among nominees who also included ITV Racing colleagues Ed Chamberlin and Oli Bell plus Racing UK’s Lydia Hislop.

The second award for a journalist, the John Oaksey Trophy for the Racing Reporter of the Year which is in its sixth year, also had a strong set of nominations – The Guardian’s Chris Cook (winner in 2012 & 2014), Marcus Armytage of The Daily Telegraph and two from the Racing Post, Industry Editor Bill Barber and reporter David Carr. The Racing Reporter award went to Armytage for the first time following voting by members of the HWPA on the submitted articles.

The Photographer of the Year award, founded in 1997 and judged by a three-strong panel, was won for the fourth time by Dan Abraham, freelance photographer with focusonracing.com, whose previous successes came in 2004, 2010 and 2015.

His portfolio of photos was judged best of the four nominees who also included dual winner Alan Crowhurst, who is the Getty Images racing photographer, Patrick McCann, the Racing Post’s Irish photographer, and freelance Steven Cargill.

The Picture of the Year award, inaugurated in 2012, went to first-time nominee Megan Ridgwell of Megan Rose Photography, with her winning photo depicting a sunset and a race at Chelmsford City Racecourse.

She triumphed from powerful opposition in the shape of dual winner McCann, Edward Whitaker, record seven-time Photographer of the Year for the Racing Post, and freelance Bill Selwyn, winner of the Photographer of the Year in 2005.

The separate Jump and Flat awards for Trainer of the Year and Jockey of the Year at the HWPA Derby Awards, amalgamated into Trainer of the Year and Jockey of the Year in 2012, were reinstated this year.

Last year’s Trainer of the Year Aidan O’Brien was voted HWPA Flat Trainer of the Year after a record-breaking 2017 season, with the other nominees being John Gosden, Clive Cox and Karl Burke. He also won the Flat Trainer of the Year award in 2001.

Frankie Dettori enjoyed a tremendous 2017 and the Jockey of the Year in 2015 gained the 2017 Flat Jockey of the Year ahead of Silvestre de Sousa, P J McDonald and Ryan Moore. Dettori has won the Flat Jockey of the Year five times before (1990, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2004).

Colin Tizzard was voted Jump Trainer of the Year from Jessie Harrington, Nicky Henderson and Lucinda Russell, while champion jockey Richard Johnson triumphed as Jump Jockey of the Year over Noel Fehily, Brian Hughes and Robbie Power.

Prince Khalid Abdullah, who had the 2017 Horse of the Year Enable, became the Owner of the Year for the sixth time (previously 1986, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014). The other nominees were Bill Gredley, Ann & Alan Potts and the Two Golf Widows.

Charlie Appleby, for the second year in succession, is the International Trainer of the Year, an award decided by the International Racing Bureau. The Godolphin trainer won ahead of Karl Burke, Roger Charlton and John Gosden.

Seamus Buckley gained the George Ennor Trophy for Outstanding Achievement, for his tremendous work as Goodwood’s Clerk of the Course after retiring recently.

The HWPA President’s Award went to David Elsworth, whose training career started in 1978 and shows no signs of stopping just yet.

The Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club Arabian award, to recognise outstanding achievement in Arabian racing, was won by The Royal Cavalry of Oman, owners and sponsors. The other nominees were jockey Ellie MacKenzie, owner/breeder Heather Phillpott and trainer James Owen.

Over 560 people attended the 51st annual Horserace Writers & Photographers Association Derby Awards Lunch which took place at the Lancaster London this afternoon (Monday, December 4) and was supported by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club for a fifth consecutive year.

Details of the 2017 HWPA Derby Awards

International Trainer of the Year – Charlie Appleby
Picture of the Year – Megan Ridgwell
Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club Arabian Award – The Royal Cavalry of Oman
Owner of the Year – Khalid Abdullah
Jump Jockey of the Year – Richard Johnson
John Oaksey Trophy for Racing Reporter of the Year – Marcus Armytage
Flat Trainer of the Year – Aidan O’Brien
Jump Trainer of the Year – Colin Tizzard
George Ennor Trophy for Outstanding Achievement – Seamus Buckley
Flat Jockey of the Year – Frankie Dettori
Photographer of the Year – Dan Abraham
Peter O’Sullevan Trophy for Broadcaster of the Year – Luke Harvey
HWPA President’s Award – David Elsworth
Clive Graham Trophy for Racing Writer of the Year – Chris McGrath

FINAL LIST OF FULL NOMINEES for 2017 HWPA DERBY AWARDS

Posted by HWPA on November 30, 2017  |   No Comments »

FINAL LIST OF FULL NOMINEES for 2017 HWPA DERBY AWARDS

Awards lunch – Royal Lancaster Hotel – December 4

Owner of Year
Ann & Alan Potts
Two Golf Widows
Khaled Abdullah
Bill Gredley

Flat Trainer
Aidan O’Brien
Karl Burke
John Gosden
Clive Cox

Flat jockey
Silvestre De Sousa
Ryan Moore
Frankie Dettori
PJ McDonald

Jump Trainer
Nicky Henderson
Jessie Harrington
Colin Tizzard
Lucinda Russell

Jump jockey
Richard Johnson
Robbie Power
Brian Hughes
Noel Fehily

International Trainer
Charlie Appleby
Karl Burke
Roger Charlton
John Gosden

Broadcaster of the Year
Lydia Hislop
Luke Harvey
Oli Bell
Ed Chamberlin

Photographer of the Year
Dan Abraham
Patrick McCann
Alan Crowhurst
Steven Cargill

Picture of the Year
Megan Ridgwell
Patrick McCann
Ed Whitaker
Bill Selwyn

Reporter of the Year
Marcus Armytage
Bill Barber
Chris Cook
David Carr

Writer of the Year
Peter Thomas
Chris McGrath
Tom Kerr
Emma Berry

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

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