It is somewhat unusual for two racehorse trainers to be celebrating a dead heat, but this is the case for the latest dual winners of the Sir David Prosser Trophy, Simon Dow and Michael Attwater.

For the last two decades, an award has been presented to the leading Epsom trainer of the year.  Since 2014, the award has been named in honour of Sir David Prosser, former Legal & General CEO and unfaltering supporter of the Epsom Training Community, and it will continue to be named in his honour following his death in 2020.  The award takes into account every winner enjoyed by Epsom-based trainers, under both Flat and National Hunt rules, which for Simon and Michael was a total of 18 winners apiece in 2020.

The trophy is usually presented at Epsom Downs racecourse as part of Racing Welfare’s prestigious Epsom Owners’ & Trainers’ Awards in November, however, the event had to be cancelled last year due to Covid-19.  Instead, the achievements of the two winning trainers have been recognised virtually, with an online presentation hosted by local raceday presenter and host Anthony Kemp.

Dawn Goodfellow, Racing Welfare Chief Executive said: “I am delighted that, despite losing the awards event itself, we are still able to recognise the success of two well-established trainers and stalwarts of the Epsom training community.  It is fantastic to see Simon and Michael share this award for 2020.”

Simon Durrant, Epsom Downs Racecourse General Manager said: “Given what has been an extreme and challenging year, it is brilliant that the Epsom Training Community has been able to celebrate continued success.”

You can watch the virtual presentation below. The video also includes an interview with Simon Dow and Michael Attwater who reflect upon what has been a tough year for the industry, as well as looking forward to greater things to come in 2021.

Racing Welfare

Racing Welfare is the only charity that supports all of racing’s people – including stud, stable and racecourse staff, alongside those working in associated professions – from their recruitment right through into retirement. The charity provides a wide range of advice and guidance services, all of which are completely confidential and non-judgmental.  Support is available for a wide range of life’s challenges, including physical health, mental health, bereavement, careers advice, housing, money advice, illness, addiction, relationships and retirement. Racing Welfare’s services are nationally accessible with offices in all of the main racing centres and roving Welfare Officers covering the whole of the country. 

The charity owns 164 units of accommodation across the UK, with a focus on providing housing for young people working in racing and those who have retired from the industry which are managed by its housing arm, Racing Homes.

Racing’s Support Line, a multi-channel support platform, allows people to contact the charity online as well as through a 24hr telephone line.  

Website: www.racingwelfare.co.uk

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