A MALTON racehorse trainer has been named employee of the year at a prestigious national industry award.

Jessica McLernon, assistant trainer at Richard Fahey’s Musley Bank Stables, was named the winner at the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards held in London’s Knightsbridge on Monday night.

Jessica was awarded with the perpetual Godolphin Trophy by guest presenter, footballer Michael Owen, alongside presenter Ed Chamberlin, at the event hosted by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

Accepting the award, she said: “It’s overwhelming really. I’m so proud for the yard and I’m proud for the north and I’m proud for Malton.

"It’s a small racing community and to bring it back to Malton is something special.”

She was also presented with a cheque for £40,000, of which £20,000 will be shared among the staff at Musley Bank.

That was part of £120,000 in prize money which was awarded on the evening by sponsors Godolphin.

Jessica also landed the Leadership Award on the night for her rapid progress to become assistant trainer since joining the team at Richard Fahey Racing in May 2011.

Richard Fahey tweeted that the wins were “incredible”. “Not only winning a fantastic prize for herself but the yard too, which is brilliant as every member of team Musley Bank makes us successful,” he added.

Another Malton rider, Ben Stephens of the late Malcolm Jefferson’s yard, came runner-up in the Rider/Groom Award.

Brough Scott, chairman of the judging panel, said: “The job was as tough as ever with some inspiring stories of dedication, commitment and hard work. Jessica is a hugely deserving winner.”