RACEHORSE trainer Jedd O’Keeffe’s North Yorkshire yard has won a prestigious industry award which celebrates Britain’s best managed racing stables.

Jedd O’Keeffe Racing, which is based in Middleham, was named winner of the Lycetts Team Champion award in the fewer than 40 horses category.

Mr O'Keeffe, who has two decades worth of experience, beat off competition from training yards across the nation to clinch the £4,000 cash prize.

Speaking after the win, Mr O'Keeffe said: “We are absolutely thrilled to see our hard-working team recognised with the Lycetts Team Champion award.

“It was a tough category, as we were up against some fantastic teams, who are doing an excellent job around the country.

"It was a brilliant experience taking part and we are truly honoured that our team has been recognised in this way.”

For the 2019 award, there were two categories – those with fewer than 40 horses in training and those above that number - with the judging criteria based on the bespoke industry standard The Winning Approach.

A judging panel, headed by world-class equine performance coach and industry stalwart Yogi Breisner, whittled the nominations down to a shortlist of eight yards and visited the remaining yards in January to make their final decision.

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Alongside Mr O'Keeffe’s award win, Tom Dascombe’s Manor House Stables yard in Cheshire was named winner of the more than 40 horses category.

Piers Plunket, divisional director at Lycetts, said: “I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to Jedd on his Lycetts Team Champion win.

“Racehorse trainers and their staff make a great contribution to the world of British horseracing and this award shines a spotlight on all the hard work that is carried out on these yards."

Mr O'Keeffe's thoughts will now be on next week's Cheltenham Festival where his former Long Walk winner Sam Spinner will be competing on Thursday, March 14.