The nominees for the 11
annual Horse Racing Ireland Awards were announced today, with 29 Irish trainers, jockeys and horses in contention.
Five category winners will be decided by a ballot of the Irish Racing Media. This year's feature Award, the Horse of the Year category, includes nominations for English 2000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach; 17-time Grade 1 winner Hurricane Fly; winner of the Juddmonte International Stakes, Declaration of War; Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas and Breeders' Cup Turf winner Magician; Cheltenham and Punchestown winner Quevega and dual Grade 1 winning chaser, Sir Des Champs.
The nominees in theNational Hunt category are Bryan Cooper, Tony Martin, Willie Mullins, Davy Russell and Ruby Walsh.
The Flat nominees are Jim Bolger, Kevin Manning, Johnny Murtagh, Aidan O'Brien and Joseph O'Brien.
The Point-to-Point category includes Trainers Gordon Elliott, Declan McNamara and Rodger Sweeney and Jockeys Jamie Codd and Derek O'Connor.
The Outstanding Achievement Award nominations are comprised of six trainers and two jockeys. The trainers include Charles Byrnes, Dot Love, Eddie Lynam, Willie McCreery, Joanna Morgan and Mick Winters. Jockeys Chris Hayes and Barry Cash make up this category.
This year, for the first time, members of the public will have an opportunity to vote on the 'Outstanding Achievement' category, through a new HRI Awards app, which will be available for download from iTunes and Google Play later this week. The App also contains information about the awards and each of the nominees, an image gallery, all the latest news and will also allow members of the public to watch the awards live.
In addition, the 'Racecourse of the Year' Award, won by Ballinrobe Racecourse last year, will be chosen by the Racegoers Consultative Forum. The 'Contribution to Industry' Award, will be announced at the awards ceremony on Monday, December 9
at Leopardstown Racecourse.
Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of HRI said: "The HRI Awards acknowledge excellence in the horse racing industry where Ireland continues to achieve enviable success in a highly-competitive international arena. We have some of the best breeders, owners, trainers and jockeys and it's important to recognise this success. A highlight this year was achieving a record-breaking fourteen Irish-trained winners at Cheltenham and eight Irish-trained winners at Royal Ascot. "