Hri Award Winners Announced

Mon 10th Dec 2012, 16:35

The horse of the year award went to Camelot
©Healy Racing Photos
By Donal Murphy
The 10th annual Horse Racing Ireland awards took place at Leopardstown this afternoon.

The awards winners were:

RACECOURSE OF THE YEAR: Ballinrobe

POINT-TO-POINT: Colman Sweeney

Other nominees: Ray Hurley, Derek O'Connor, Jamie Codd

NATIONAL HUNT: Davy Russell

Other nominees: Barry Geraghty, Tom Mullins, Tony Martin, Willie Mullins

FLAT: Joseph O'Brien

Other nominees: Andy Oliver, Jim Bolger, Aidan O'Brien, Dermot Weld.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT: Peter Casey

Other nominees: Niall McCullagh, Tom Gibney, David Nagle, Michael Winters, Tom Hogan

CONTRIBUTION TO THE INDUSTRY: Moyglare Stud Farm

HORSE OF THE YEAR: Camelot

Other nominees: Hurricane Fly, Sizing Europe, Excelebration, Quevega, Dawn Approach

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.

THE IRISH TIMES