Ian Giffin receives honour at the NSW Country and Provincial Racing Awards
A pillar of racing at Wellington and the region hasreceived a
high honour from the industry.
Ian Giffin from Wellington Race Club won the Simon Nivison
Special Achievement Award at the 2016 NSW Country and
Provincial Racing Awards Dinner on Friday.
Giffin has been involved in the industry for more than 30 years
and has held senior positions locally for the past 20 years.
The Country Jockey of the Year award went to Greg Ryan,
who undertook his apprenticeship at Wellington years ago.
Giffin was set to attend the awards dinner, held at the Sheraton
on the Park, Sydney, until the flu forced him to cancel.
When the announcement of his award was made,
Wellington Race Club director Jared Wykes, who attended the
event along with fellow director Clinton Ridley, accepted it on his behalf.
“It’s a fantastic honour, the highest in NSW country racing for
contribution to the industry,” Mr Giffin said.
There’s plenty to keep Giffin busy in the next year, starting on
Saturday with a six-race meeting, transferred to Wellington from
The club will host a heat of the Country Championships during
the Wellington Boot carnival on March 11-12.
The heat is worth $150,000, and the total prize money for the
Boot weekend is more than $500,000.
TWO IN A ROW FOR GREG RYAN
Record crowds have battled the heat at our annual Wellington Boot Racing Carnival and Country Championship Qualifier. With 7500 people coming through the gate on Sunday, cheering was in the air with the main two races at the end of the day. Greg Ryan has glided home on Alitterate to win his second Boot in a row and his third Boot win overall with all winners trained by Pat Farrell from Muscwellbrook.
Pera Pera has won the Country Championship Qualifier just ahead of Iron Blue and these two horses are now off to Randwick for the final of the Championships. Both horses are definately a chance at winning the final.
The Chestnut Filly that was up for grabs was drawn on Sunday and the winning ticket went to John Robertson from Bacchus Marsh Victoria and has chosen to keep the Filly by Snippetson.