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HRI Fact Book 2008 - Horse Racing Ireland

HRI Fact Book 2008 - Horse Racing Ireland

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HRI AWARDS 2008 1 Horse Racing Ireland hosted the annual Irish Horse Racing Awards in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on 8th December. These awards are designed to honour the human and equine talent which has made racing one of the country’s most popular sports and delivered great success in the international arena. This was the sixth year of the awards which are voted on by the Irish Racing Media to recognise excellence in the sport of horse racing. Among the 170 guests were faces from the world of racing and media including Ruby Walsh, Jim Bolger, Aidan O’Brien, Noel Meade, Willie Mullins, JP McManus, Barry Geraghty, Paddy Mullins, Eamon Dunphy, Hector O’hEochagain, Frances Crowley, etc. The awards were presented by Martin Cullen TD, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism who said: “It is a great pleasure for me to be here today to meet the nominees and winners of the 2008 awards. For a small country, Ireland holds a pre-eminent position in the thoroughbred racing and breeding world and 2008 has been another season of remarkable success for Irish racing, with Irish trainers and jockeys excelling at all levels.” Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland said: - “Despite the current economic downturn, 2008 was a very successful year for Irish racing. Our Flat horses dominated throughout Europe and with the National Hunt season getting into full swing, we have much to look forward to in 2009”. • 2008 was a remarkable season for Irish Flat racing, with Irish horses winning 29 of the 44 Group 1 races in Britain and Ireland. • Ruby Walsh was crowned Champion National Hunt Jockey with 131 wins. • Irish trainers and jockeys continued to excel at all levels, with Aidan O’Brien becoming champion trainer in both Britain and Ireland for the 2nd consecutive year and also recording 23 Group 1 wins worldwide. • Seven of the last ten winners of the Epsom Derby have been bred in Ireland. • In seven of the last nine years, the flat jockeys’ title in Britain has been won by an Irishman. • At the 2008 Cheltenham Festival, nine of the ten Grade 1 winners were bred in Ireland. The list of Winners & Nominees for the 2008 Awards are as follows:- HORSE OF THE YEAR – NEW APPROACH Duke of Marmalade, Henrythenavigator, Yeats, Lush Lashes, New Approach & Halfway to Heaven NATIONAL HUNT – RUBY WALSH Willie Mullins, Ruby Walsh, Davy Russell, John Queally, Barry Geraghty FLAT – AIDAN O’BRIEN Jim Bolger, Kevin Manning, Johnny Murtagh, Aidan O’Brien, Seamus Heffernan OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT – PATRICK MULLINS Ger Lyons, Patrick Mullins, Paddy Flood, David Wachman, Henry De Bromhead POINT-TO-POINT – JT MCNAMARA Derek O’Connor, Clare McMahon, JT McNamara, Eugene O’Sullivan CONTRIBUTION TO THE INDUSTRY – DAVE FOX – Jockeys Valet for 50 years Previous winners:- Galway Race Committee, Con Collins, Kevin Prendergast & Tony Sweeney 74 FACTBOOK 2008 .

2 3 4 5 7 6 8 9 10 11 12 1. HRI Award Winners – John Ferguson (Horse of the Year – New Approach), Patrick Mullins, Dave Fox, Aidan O’Brien, JT McNamara & Ruby Walsh. 2. The Mullins Family, Maureen & Paddy pictured with Grandson Patrick who won Outstanding Achievement Award and his parents Jackie & Willie from Bagnelstown Co.Carlow. 3. 5 time NH Award Winner Ruby Walsh with his wife Gillian. 4. Ross O’Callaghan & Aidan O’Brien hanging with Hector Ó’hEochagáin. 5. Paula McGann & Seamus Heffernan (Derby Winning Jockey). 6. Point to Point Award Winner JT McNamara pictured with Richard Pugh, Minister Martin Cullen and Brian Kavanagh HRI CEO. 7. Tammy O’Brien, Elaine Lawlor & Diane Nagle. 8. Aidan O’Brien wins Flat Award (his 1st time), pictured with Ian McClean, Minister Martin Cullen and HRI CEO Brian Kavanagh. 9. Evan Arkwright, Matthew Imi & Paddy Walsh. 10. Dave & Phyllis Fox. 11. Kevin & Una Manning with Lynne & Ger Lyons. 12. Jump-Jockeys Paddy Flood, Barry Geraghty & Andrew Leigh. FACTBOOK 2008 75

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