Michael’s pride as he wins national award

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Michael Curran, the stable lad from Galashiels who looks after horse racing phenomenon Kingman, has won a national award.

Curran, whose work we highlighted in a sport feature last month, was nominated in the Stable Staff section in the Pride of Racing Awards, held on Saturday at Chester Racecourse, in aid of Racing Welfare and with the support of Betfair.

The awards salute achievements and activities not just in the workplace or on the racetrack, but throughout all areas of the racing industry.

And the 48-year-old, who is employed at John Gosden’s Clarehaven Stables in Newmarket, Suffolk, won the title at the glittering lunchtime ceremony – on one of his few days off.

He said: “It felt really good to be appreciated for what we do day in day out.

“We do work long hours and only get every other weekend off.

“The winters are not great, but working with livestock means they need looked after.

“This year has been very special, what with the horse doing so well and now this,”