PJA’s Lesters Awards 2019 to be hosted and broadcast live by Sky Sports Racing

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Sky Sports Racing and the PJA have agreed a new, live TV broadcast format for the popular Lesters Awards ceremony which celebrates the year’s top riding achievements.

The hour and a half ‘Get In – Lesters Awards Special’ will be hosted by Luke Harvey and Jason Weaver, with as many as seven award-winners making the trip to Sky’s Studios to receive their accolades.  Nine awards will be presented, including those for Flat and Jump Ride of the Year, Flat and Jump Jockey of the Year, Lady Jockey of the Year, plus special recognition awards for both Flat and Jumps racing.

Sky Sports Racing Director of Broadcast, Rob Dakin said: “We are delighted to team up with the PJA on this project once again, giving the Lesters live broadcast exposure for the first time on Sky Sports Racing. We’re always keen to showcase the incredible skills and dedication of our leading jockeys and this special programme will be a must-watch for all racing fans.”

Paul Struthers, Chief Executive of the PJA, said: “With no title sponsor for the event this year, we were facing potentially another blank year for the Lesters so we were delighted when Sky Sports Racing agreed to produce a Lesters special, as they did in 2017. I am sure Luke and Jason will make it another fun evening for the deserving award winners as well as the Sky Sports Racing viewers. We are currently working on plans to bring back the live event awards ceremony in 2020 and hope to have some good news in the New Year.”