Horse Races SA completes first year of operation

9 April 2017
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Champions of 2016 receive awards

Horse Races SA – an OPAP Group member – completed one year of operation and handed awards on Saturday 11 February 2017 at its facilities in Markopoulo to the champion jockeys, coaches, owners and breeders that excelled in 2016. At a glamorous event, the company management was present along with the entire horse racing community, prominent representatives of sport and the arts as well as agents of the OPAP Group network.

OPAP CEO and Horse Races SA President, Damian Cope, referred to the significant progress made so far: “The first year of operation of Horse Races SA was full of challenges but also very productive. I am particularly proud to say that in Greece we have a racecourse that meets the high standards of some of the biggest horseracing sites around the world. While there is still work to do I am also proud of the progress we have made in relation to the welfare and safety of jockeys, the integrity of our races and the health of the thoroughbreds. I would like to thank the Jockey Club, the entire horseracing community and most importantly the team that unconditionally works to make all this possible”.

First Vice President of Horse Races SA, Spyros Fokas, noted: “The past year was a milestone which marked the turning of the page in Greek horse races. Over the last year we made steady steps and successfully moved forward with our strategic plan for the rebirth of horse races in Greece, despite the big difficulties and the different problems that we were handed. We are pleased to have by our side the entire horse racing community which is constantly increasing and new members are added to it, supporting the sport and confirming our strategy”.

Second Vice President of Horse Races SA, Mr. Odysseas Christoforou, stressed: “The hard work for the rebirth of Greek horseracing has already started to bear fruit and we can be proud of what we have achieved so far and even more optimistic about the future. Today we present awards to the champion jockeys, coaches and owners of 2016”.

The 2016 champions

Owners

1. Theodorakis Stables

2. Kalamaria Stables

3. Ippotrust Stables

Coaches

1. Christos Kouvaras

2. Panagiotis Theologou

3. Charis Charalambous

Jockeys

1. Panagiotis Dimitsanis

2. Costas Mastorakis

3. Edion Cela

Champion Horse Breeder

Elia Horse Breeding

New Jockey

Marios Koubarakos

Champion Race Horse

Sah Sehrayar

“Legendary” jockey Thanasis Sotiropoulos was also presented with an award at the event for his great contribution to Greek horseracing.

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