The Final 48 for this year’s Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager of the Year competition have been revealed.
The managers who advanced to the latest stage had a question paper marked before a judging panel delivered a final decision. Following this, the 48 contenders will receive a mystery shop visit, after which the top three candidates from each of the eight regions spanning Britain and Ireland will be chosen.
These selected 24 individuals will then be treated to a day at the races at Haydock in October, where they will meet the judges for the first time. From this event, eight champions, representing each region, will be selected.
Each Regional Champion, accompanied by a key member of their shop staff, will then attend the final judging in London. This stage will entail a question-and-answer session with the panel on the day before the Grand Final.
The awards lunch will then take place, with the winner being revealed. The Betting Shop Manager of the Year winner will be invited to various prominent racing and betting events throughout their tenure as the reigning champion.
Final 48 managers
Anglia and South-East
David Barcroft, Bury St Edmunds, Paddy Power; Matthew Bishop, Haywards Heath, Betfred; Katarzyna Ciolek, Luton, Paddy Power; Nick Evans, Brighton, Jenningsbet; Scott Gillard, Horsham, Coral; Sachin Parayankottuveettil, Rainham, Ladbrokes
Gordon Champion, West Wickham, William Hill; Jacqueline Conlon, Norbury, Ladbrokes; Ishant Gurung, West Drayton, Jenningsbet; Teelotmah Ketaruth, Thayer Street, Ladbrokes; Farhin Rahman, Green Street, Paddy Power; Indeewari Warusamana, Bromley, Ladbrokes
Natasha Devlin, Cookstown, BoyleSports; Jackie Kerr, Dublin, Paddy Power; Paul McDaid, Carndonagh, Ladbrokes; Tracy McLaughlin, Strabane, Ladbrokes; Martin Prendergast, Downpatrick, Toals; Dwayne Symington, Dungannon, Toals
Midlands and Wales
Neil Ashmore, Arnold, Ladbrokes; Danielle Baker, Oswestry, Coral; Natalie Barry, Anglesey, Betfred; Roxanne Connelly, Coventry, Paddy Power; Ann Rose, Cradley Heath, BoyleSports; Colin Sumner, Rhyl, William Hill
North and North-East
Stacey Carnell, Barnsley, Ladbrokes; Lindsay Ferry, Newcastle, Betfred; Robert Fullard, Sheffield, William Hill; Arshad Hussain, Bradford, Coral; Tracey Maddison, Immingham, Coral; David Snowden, Sunderland, Paddy Power
North-west and Isle of Man
Phil Downes, Bolton, Paddy Power; Anita Johnson, Wirral, Ladbrokes; Andrew Lord, Accrington, Coral; Christopher O’Callaghan, Wigan, Betfred; Steven O’Malley, Levenshulme, Star Sports; Wendy Sutherland, Penrith, Betfred
Darrin Allinson, Galashiels, William Hill; Jackie Cairnduff, East Kilbride, William Hill; Paul Catterson, Glasgow, Coral; Lyndsay Chalmers, Cambuslang, Betfred; Marrianne Eley, Bellshill, Coral; Danny Morrison, Stranraer, Betfred
South-west and Channel Islands
Jason Gratton, Reading, Coral; Donna Hobbs, Swindon, William Hill; Ryan McNaught, Plymouth Ladbrokes; Adrian Rogers, Bath, William Hill; Lee Spink, Paignton, Betfred; Kelly Styles, Weymouth, Coral