Jeremy Rogers a popular awards recipient
‘‘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.’’
Jeremy Rogers proudly shows off his two trophies at the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards.