Trevor Jones Funeral

The funeral of photographer Trevor Jones will be held at Eastbourne Crematorium (BN 23 8AE) on Thursday 27 June  at 3.15pm, followed by a wake at the Hydro Hotel (BN20 7HZ).



Death of photographer Trevor Jones announced

Photographer Trevor Jones, who forged a long and successful career covering sport and horseracing, has died at the age of 72.

Trevor covered racing around the world in a career which spanned more than 40 years.

Marcus Townend, president of the Horserace Writers and Photographers Association, said: “Trevor was a very modest man but he was recognised among his colleagues as being an outstanding photographer which was reflected in his long, successful career. He was respected and very popular in the press room and he will be sadly missed.”

For much of his time working in racing, Trevor lived in Worlington near Newmarket.

Trevor’s work was seen in Pacemaker International magazine for over two decades. He also took photographs for Juddmonte Stud for two decades, taking many pictures of the superstar racehorse turned stallion Frankel.

Many more studs commissioned Trevor to take pictures of their stallions, mares and foals.

Trevor was made the first official photographer of the Dubai World Cup at its inception in 1996.

Before focussing on horseracing, Trevor covered sporting events around the world for Allsport. Among his photographs was one of Diego Maradona during the 1986 World Cup which featured on the front of Sports Illustrated in America.

Trevor, together with his wife, Gill, ran their own freelance agency, Thoroughbred Photography Limited,  from their home in Worlington from the mid 1990s until Trevor retired in 2015.

Cameras had always been part of Trevor’s working life. He started with a job in a camera shop in Eastbourne before graduating to cover events from World Cup football to Wimbledon.

When he retired, shortly before undergoing major heart surgery at Papworth Hospital, he and  Gill moved back to the south coast to be closer to their family.


HWPA Newsletter – June 2019

HWPA Newsletter – June 2019


Ebor Meeting Social Event

The HWPA will be staging a social event at York’s Ebor meeting after racing on Thursday 22 August.

This will be a chance for members to get together and we are grateful to Sky Bet, sponsors of the first £1million Ebor Handicap, who have generously offered to supply food and drink for the event which will be held at the racecourse.

If that was not enough to encourage thirsty journalists and photographers to attend, the committee also felt this was a good opportunity to recognise someone in the northern media and celebrate their contribution to the coverage of the sport.

So we will also be making a special presentation at the event. Watch this space for further news and don’t forget to put this date in your diary!!

New Committee Members

We welcomed three new members to the committee at our AGM at Aintree in April.

Francesca Altoft, Bobby Beevers and Brian Goodwill have joined the board!

Francesca has already been busy and has set up the HWPA’s Instagram Account which will hopefully help showcase member’s work.

Brian will take over as our new Treasurer from Jan Green as soon as we manage to cut through all the red tape at Barclays. Not a quick or easy task.

Jan’s long and tireless service on the committee will be much missed and I would like to put on record the HWPA’s debt to her during her period in office as our Treasurer. The fact our finances are both organised and in such good shape is down to Jan.

Martin Kelly also stood down from the committee as did Mark Popham, who most of you will know is retiring later this year.

Graham Clark has taken over the HWPA Twitter account and will be keeping members up to date so make sure you follow @HorseraceMedia

HWPA Golf Day

The annual and hugely popular HWPA golf competition will once again be held on the eve of Glorious Goodwood on the estate’s magnificent course.

The event on Monday 29 June will have a shotgun start at 12.30, preceded by breakfast at 11.30am

There is always massive demand to play at this event so members are advised to book their slots early by contacting Committee member Dan Abraham on

Berths for the event will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

 The HWPA would like to thank Goodwood for their generous support in staging this event.

2019 Derby Awards Lunch

This year’s Awards will take place once again at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on Monday 2 December.

We hope to be able to unveil some exciting news about new sponsorship of this event in the next few weeks as well as news about some new awards.

Due to rising costs we will have to put the price of tickets for this event up to £105 this year but, for a lunch in the West End of London in the build-up to Christmas,  this is still very competitively priced.

Tickets will be on sale in September so, again, watch this space.


This is still not operating as we would like but that is partly down to not enough people being able to edit the site. We are slowly rectifying this and getting more people trained up. This will mean that there is more news on the site in the future.

We are also working on upgrades which will allow us to process financial transactions through the site like membership subscriptions. Please bear with us while this happens.

Membership subscriptions

If you haven’t paid yet, your annual subscription is overdue! Until the website is upgraded, the best way to pay is online or by transferring money to the HWPA account.

The HWPA account is: 80078751

Sort Code: 20-59-14

Make sure you reference your name & SUBS

Remember to be eligible for awards at the Derby Awards, you must be a member.










RaceBets HWPA Tipping Competition – round 3 results

RaceBets HWPA Tipping Competition – result Leg 3

Nigel Spencer (+46.75) napped 33-1 winner Ornate on Saturday to storm to victory in Leg 3 – the ‘Classics Leg’ –  the RaceBets HWPA tipping competition.

Nigel’s inspired selection clawed back Paul Jones (+29.61), who had looked booked for victory on the back of napping Moyassar (10-1) at Newmarket on 2,000 Guineas day.

Third place went to Matt Brocklebank (+17.75), who tipped 1,000 Guineas winner Hermosa and Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck.

Nigel wins £400, Paul £100 and Matt £50.


Matt Brocklebank’s two Classic winners puts him in pole position in the Classics Grand Slam, with the St Leger to go. But there are still six tipsters in with a chance to win:

21pts Matt Brocklebank

19 Daragh O Conchuir

16 Arthur Jones

15 Neil Clark

13 Dan Barber

12 Will Hayler



Paul Jones (+38.81) leads the overall competition from Nigel Spencer (+30.25) but don’t forget contestant’s worst score over the eight rounds is discarded so the standings will change.

LEG 4 of the competition is the five days of Royal Ascot 


(First total = Leg 3 score; second total over all score)


J Armfield +2.48 (+1.34)

D Barber -13.55 (-5.20)

M Bisogno -17.80 (-35.92)

A Bladen -19.50 (-19.00)

M Brocklebank +17.75 (-3.25)

I Carnaby -27.00 (-52.75)

D Cleary -4.27 (-45.91)

J Freeman -15.27 (-26.03)

W Hayler -5.57 (-53.21)

J Heavey -6.50 (-28.51)

J Henwood -21.37 (+0.62)

J Hunt +10.90 (-0.10)

B Hutton -0.82 (-40.46)

A Jones -11.00 (-18.01)

P Jones +29.61 (+38.81)

Timeform Jury -0.50 (-35.25)

F Keogh -14.02 (-20.89)

J Lees -21.00 (-33.76)

J Millan -16.87 (-23.38)

A Mount -1.55 (+4.20)

D O Conchuir -2.02 (+0.98)

M Openshaw -18.75 (-23.00)

T Peacock -27.00 (+9.00)

E Prosser -17.00 (-57.50)

S Russell -13.30 (-0.80)

B Selwyn -9.25 (-3.64)

M Shinners +5.95 (+1.06)

J Spence -28.00 (-49.14)

N Spencer +46.75 (+30.25)

M Townend +3.31 (+15.19)

P Wheeler -4.64 (-18.65)

D Williams -6.25 (-21.13)

R Williams -12.80 (-53.30)

N Clark +14.58 (-26.44)



2019 HWPA Golf Tournament

The annual and hugely popular HWPA golf competition will once again be held on the eve of Glorious Goodwood on the estate’s magnificent course.

The event on Monday 29 July will have a shotgun start at 12.30pm, preceded by breakfast at 11.30am

There is always massive demand to play at this event so members are advised to book their slots early by contacting Committee member Dan Abraham on

Teams for the event will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

The HWPA would like to thank Goodwood Estate, the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club and Unibet for their generous support in staging this event


Records broken at 2018 QREC HWPA Derby Awards

Alastair Down has been voted Racing Writer of the Year for a record fifth time and received his award at the 52nd annual Horserace Writers & Photographers Association (HWPA) Derby Awards Lunch, held in London today, Monday, December 3 and supported by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club (QREC).

Down, now a freelance journalist after many years at the Racing Post, had already won the Clive Graham Trophy in 1994, when with The Sporting Life, 1999, 2012 and 2015.

He has pulled clear from the late Alan Lee and the 2017 winner Chris McGrath, who have been Racing Writer of the Year three times.

Down gained more votes among the HWPA membership than the other nominees this year – Donn McClean, McGrath and Peter Thomas.

Another record-breaker is Edward Whitaker, the Racing Post’s main photographer who gained his eighth Photographer of the Year title ahead of Francesca Altoft, Alan Crowhurst and Louise Pollard.

He was also successful in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2014 and 2016, with Dan Abraham, a four-time Photographer of the Year, leading the chasing pack.

The Photographer of the Year accolade, in place since 1997, is judged by a panel of experts, as is the Picture of the Year, which came into existence in 2012.

Whitaker, in another first, has also won the 2018 Picture of the Year award for his depiction of a horse early one morning on Mandown passing the super blue blood moon. This is the first time a photographer has won both prizes in the same year.

Whitaker triumphed over Simon Cooper, Steve Davies, John Hoy and Pollard.

Bryony Frost presenting Edward Whitaker with Picture of the Year
The HWPA Derby Awards 3.12.18
Pic Dan

Another Racing Post employee, Bill Barber, the daily paper’s industry editor, is the 2018 Racing Reporter of the Year. He receives the John Oaksey Trophy.

He received more votes than colleague David Carr, dual winner Chris Cook and Mark Souster for the award which commenced in 2012.

There was also a new Broadcaster of The Year in former top flat jockey Jason Weaver, who has been a hit with ITV Racing and still continues his work for At The Races.

Weaver won more votes than ITV Racing front man Ed Chamberlin, Racing UK’s Lydia Hislop and seven-time success Nick Luck. The Broadcaster of the Year was first awarded in 2004 and the 2017 winner, Luke Harvey, hosted today’s HWPA Derby Awards.

The 2018 President’s Award, decided by the HWPA President Marcus Townend, went to record-breaking trainer Mark Johnston and his wife Deidre. Johnston broke the record this summer for the most winners trained in Britain, after starting out in 1987.

The George Ennor Trophy for Outstanding Achievement this year went to Richard Pitman, 75, a highly successful jump jockey before becoming a broadcaster, journalist, author, bloodstock agent and general ambassador for jump racing worldwide.

Voting by the HWPA members decided the following Awards:-

Owner of the Year

John Dance – other nominees Godolphin, Bjorn Nielsen & Qatar Racing

Flat Trainer of the Year

John Gosden – other nominees Charlie Appleby, Karl Burke and Mark Johnston

Flat Jockey of the Year

Oisin Murphy – other nominees James Doyle, Silvestre de Sousa and Jason Watson

Jump Jockey of the Year

Richard Johnson – other nominees Bryony Frost, Brian Hughes and Harry Skelton

Jump Trainer of the Year

Nicky Henderson – other nominees Gordon Elliott, Willie Mullins and Colin Tizzard

The International Trainer of the Year award is decided by its sponsor, the International Racing Bureau and was won by Charlie Appleby for the third successive year, ahead of Karl Burke, John Gosden and Saeed Bin Suroor.

Finally the QREC Arabian Racing Award went to commentator Gary Capewell. The other nominees were trainer Philip Collington, jockey Joanna Mason and owner/breeders Jennifer & Herbie Owen.

This is the sixth and final year of QREC’s sponsorship of the HWPA Derby Awards and Townend praised their generous support.

Nearly 600 people attended today’s 52nd HWPA Derby Awards which were held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, UK.

Details of the 2018 HWPA Derby Awards

International Trainer of the Year – Charlie Appleby

Picture of the Year – Edward Whitaker

Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club Arabian Award – Gary Capewell

Owner of the Year – John Dance

Jump Jockey of the Year – Richard Johnson

John Oaksey Trophy for Racing Reporter of the Year – Bill Barber

Flat Trainer of the Year – John Gosden

Jump Trainer of the Year – Nicky Henderson

George Ennor Trophy for Outstanding Achievement – Richard Pitman

Flat Jockey of the Year – Oisin Murphy

Photographer of the Year – Edward Whitaker

Peter O’Sullevan Trophy for Broadcaster of the Year – Jason Weaver

HWPA President’s Award – Mark & Deidre Johnston

Clive Graham Trophy for Racing Writer of the Year – Alastair Down

The 2018 QREC HWPA Derby Awards nominations

The full list of nominees for the QREC HWPA Derby Awards on December 3. 2018

Nominations for Racing Reporter of the Year  

Bill Barber

David Carr

Chris Cook

Mark Souster


Nominations for Racing Writer of the Year                                                              

Alastair Down

Donn McClean

Chris McGrath

Peter Thomas


Nominations for International Trainer of the Year

Charlie Appleby

Karl Burke

John Gosden

Saeed Bin Suroor


Nominations for Owner of the Year                                                            


John Dance

Bjorn Nielsen

Qatar Racing


Nominations for Flat Trainer of the Year                                                                 

Charlie Appleby

Karl Burke

John Gosden

Mark Johnston


Nominations for Flat Jockey of the Year                                                   

James Doyle

Oisin Murphy

Silvestre De Sousa

Jason Watson


Nominations for Jump Jockey of the Year                                                                

Bryony Frost

Brian Hughes

Richard Johnson

Harry Skelton


Nominations for Jump Trainer of the Year                                                              

Gordon Elliott

Nicky Henderson

Willie Mullins

Colin Tizzard


Nominations for Broadcaster of Year                                                                        

Ed Chamberlin

Lydia Hislop

Nick Luck

Jason Weaver


Nominations for Picture of the Year                                                                           

Simon Cooper

Steve Davies

John Hoy

Louise Pollard

Edward Whitaker


Nominations for Photographer of the Year                                                               

Francesca Altoft

Alan Crowhurst

Louise Pollard

Edward Whitaker


Nominations for Arabian Award                                                                                  

Gary Capewell

Philip Collington

Joanna Mason

Jennifer & Herbie Owen





Welcome to our new website

Welcome to the new-look website of the Horserace Writers & Photographers Association.
It is a ‘one-stop shop’ for HWPA members and will be the hub of the organisation in the months and years ahead.
Through this website, you will not only be able to keep up with the latest HWPA news but also manage your membership, enter our annual Tipping competition and events like our golf tournament as well as book tickets for our Derby Awards in December.
With its contemporary design, we have a website and brand which a prominent media representative body like the HWPA needs. but our old organisation logo, incorporating a racehorse head and the nib of a fountain pen, will still be part of the HWPA, as the design for the awards handed out at our December lunch.
The cost of this new website has been covered by the money bequeathed to the organisation by the late Sir Peter O’Sullevan. The committee of the HWPA have used this generous donation to enhance and perpetuate the HWPA, something I hope Sir Peter would have been pleased with.

The branding and webdesign has been developed by Lisa Wrake Branding & Design, and the website has been built by Satsuma Media.

Derby Award Tickets on sale 22 Sept.

The 2018 HWPA Derby, supported by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club, will be held on Monday 3 December at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.

Tickets costing £99 will go on sale from Saturday 22 September.

Tables for 10, 12 and 14 guests can be booked and there are a limited number of 16-seater tables. Tickets can also be book individually and for part-tables.

Booking requests should be emailed to

Tables are not confirmed until full payment has been received.

With your booking please supply a contact name, postal address, e-mail address and phone number

If you require an invoice, please provide the full company name and address that complies with your purchasing procedures.

We will supply a form to allow you book a pre-lunch hospitality table and extra drink for your table directly with the Royal Lancaster Hotel.