Jeremy Rogers a pop­u­lar awards re­cip­i­ent

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - DEN­NIS RYAN

‘‘There are so many good peo­ple out there who should be recog­nised, I'm just thrilled to be one of them and to be ac­knowl­edged.’’

Agree­ment that the judges got it right in the Godol­phin Stud and Sta­ble Staff Awards re­sounded all the way back to New Zealand fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment that for­mer Waikato Stud em­ployee Jeremy Rogers had taken out the supreme award.

Jeremy had been nom­i­nated by his em­ployer, record-break­ing Vic­to­rian trainer Dar­ren Weir, in the Ded­i­ca­tion to Rac­ing cat­e­gory of the awards open to staff in­volved in the Aus­tralian rac­ing and breed­ing in­dus­try. He not only won that award but also the supreme Thor­ough­bred Ex­cel­lence award.

‘‘I’m truly blown away. I didn’t ex­pect to win an award but to walk away with the top award is a true hon­our,’’ said Jeremy at last Fri­day’s func­tion in Bris­bane. ‘‘All I ever wanted to do was to be in­volved in rac­ing and I soon re­alised that the ad­min­is­tra­tive side of a stud or sta­ble was where I had some­thing to of­fer.

‘‘There are so many good peo­ple out there who should be recog­nised, I’m just thrilled to be one of them and to be ac­knowl­edged.’’

Jeremy gained an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of rac­ing through his fa­ther’s work as an Ade­laide rac­ing jour­nal­ist and af­ter mak­ing his own com­mit­ment he even­tu­ally found him­self in New Zealand em­ployed by Waikato Stud. His role there was in ad­min­is­tra­tion and client re­la­tions, which brought out his tal­ents along with the re­spect of all those he en­gaged with.

Seven years ago Jeremy de­cided to head home and took a job as rac­ing man­ager for one of the ris­ing forces in Aus­tralian train­ing ranks, Bal­larat-based Dar­ren Weir. He has since played a key role in Weir’s rise, which has in­cluded a Mel­bourne Cup vic­tory with Prince Of Pen­zance and the es­tab­lish­ment of new benchmarks in the num­bers of win­ners trained by any­one be­fore him.

‘‘His role is high pres­sure with the num­ber of run­ners we have but he does it ex­tremely well,’’ said Weir in praise of his star em­ployee.

‘‘Jeremy was ex­actly what I needed to help my busi­ness grow. His goal for me when he started was to help me win the Vic­to­rian train­ers’ pre­mier­ship and we did that within three years. He’s a su­per­star at his job.’’

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Jeremy Rogers proudly shows off his two tro­phies at the Godol­phin Stud and Sta­ble Staff Awards.

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