The nominations for the 2017 annual Horse
Racing Ireland Awards have been announced, with 28 stars of the racing
industry in the running to win an award. RTE sports broadcaster Des Cahill will
be master of ceremonies for the awards, which take place at Leopardstown
Racecourse on Tuesday December 5th.
Awards are presented in seven categories: Horse of the Year, National Hunt Racing, Flat Racing, Point-to-Point Racing, Outstanding Achievement, Contribution to the Industry and Racecourse of the Year. Four category winners are decided by a ballot of
the Irish racing media.
The winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award is selected by the Irish racing media and the general public.
National Hunt Award Nominee
A terrific year for Gordon who has really made great strides
in recent seasons and his domestic tally of 123 winners in the 2015/2016 season
was the first time he managed to break through the 100 winner mark in Ireland.
Undoubtedly, the tremendous victory of stable star Don Cossack in the
Cheltenham Gold Cup was the highlight while Diamond King landed the Coral Cup
at the same meeting. The ill-fated No More Heroes bagged a couple of important
Grade 1 victories with success in the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse and
The Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown in late December while Prince
Of Scars took the Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle at the same meeting. In
recent months, Gordon has recorded excellent victories in the Galway Plate
(Lord Scoundrel), the Guinness Kerry National (Wrath Of Titans) and the
Ladbrokes Munster National (Tiger Roll) and with the yard strengthened by an
influx of Gigginstown Stud horses which were transferred from Willie Mullins,
he managed to smash the 100 winner mark for the season by the second week of
November and 2016/2017 will surely be his best ever season.
Overcame the loss of 60 Gigginstown-owned horses from his stable
in September of last year to become Champion Irish National Hunt Trainer once
again after a titanic struggle with Gordon Elliott and victory was only assured
on the last day of the season at Punchestown. It was another memorable season
for the Master of Closutton with a further six winners at the Cheltenham
Festival highlighted by the Ryanair Chase win of Un De Sceaux while Nichols
Canyon gave him a first victory in the Stayers’ (World) Hurdle.
numerous Grade 1 victories with Douvan (Paddy Power Cashcard Chase), Min
(Racing Post Novice Chase), Un De Sceaux (Tingle Creek Chase & Clarence
House Chase), Bacardys (Deloitte Novice Hurdle & Tattersalls Ireland
Champion Novice Hurdle) and Great Field (Ryanair Novice Chase) while the top-level
success of Wicklow Brave (BETDAQ Punchestown Champion Hurdle) and Bapaume (AES
Champion 4YO Hurdle) finally edged the trainers’ championship in his favour.
The stable has hit the ground running during the Summer and Autumn months with
the likes of Sayar (Joe Mac Novice Hurdle), Total Recall (Ladbrokes Munster
National) and Melon (WKD Hurdle at Down Royal) all on the mark while a fully
fit Douvan, Faugheen and Min are just three that look well capable of further
big race success as the season goes on.
Enjoyed another terrific season with the highlight undoubtedly
being the brilliant Sizing John who gave her a first success in the Cheltenham
Gold Cup having never had a runner in the race before. Sizing John also won the
Irish Gold Cup and the Punchestown Gold Cup to notch up an unprecedented treble
while Our Duke took the Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown in late
December before producing a top drawer display to win the BoyleSports Irish
Grand National at Fairyhouse in tremendous style. Jessica is now also the
leading female trainer at the Cheltenham Festival with 11 winners as Supasundae
in the Coral Cup and Rock The World in the Grand Annual Chase crowned a
memorable week for her while Woodland Opera claimed the EMS Copiers Novice
Handicap Chase (Grade A) at the Punchestown Festival and it was also great to
see former Champion Hurdler, Jezki, regain the winning thread with a recent
success in the Tipperary Hurdle in early October.
A very successful season for Henry with his highest total of 68 winners at home included some fine big race victories with Petit Mouchoir one of the stable stars. He won the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown over the Christmas period before becoming the first non-Willie Mullins trained winner of the BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle since 2010 when beating Footpad in an exciting finish. While Petit Mouchoir had to settle for a fine third placing in the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle, Special Tiara gave the stable a memorable victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase six years after Sizing Europe won the same race. Special Tiara also took the Desert Orchid Chase at Sandown while Some Plan in the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase and Champagne West in the Goffs Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park were other big race winners for the yard. In early August, Balko Des Flos won the TheTote.com Galway Plate to give Henry his second victory in the race in the last three years and another fine season looks on the cards for the Waterford trainer.
Despite suffering a serious eye injury early in the season,
Robbie Power enjoyed a fantastic time of things in the spring of the year and
is well worth his nomination in this category. His belief that Sizing John
would benefit from a step up in trip from two miles was greatly vindicated as
with Robbie on board, this hugely talented seven-year-old reeled off consecutive
wins in the Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles, the Stan James.com Irish Gold Cup at
Leopardstown, the Timico Gold Cup at Cheltenham and the Coral Punchestown Gold
Cup at the Punchestown Festival. Other big races victories came on Our Duke
(Neville Hotels Novice Chase) at Leopardstown in late December before he guided
the same horse to a memorable win in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at
Fairyhouse while Supasundae in the Coral Cup and Rock The World in the Grand
Annual Chase were other Cheltenham winners for this popular jockey. Robbie was
also leading rider at both the Aintree (four winners including the Mersey
Novice Hurdle on Finian’s Oscar and the JLT Melling Chase on Fox Norton) and
Punchestown Festivals (six winners including the BoyleSports Champion Chase on
Fox Norton and the Guinness Handicap Chase on Sizing Granite).
Won his 12th Champion Irish NH Jockeys’ Title with 131
winners (equalling his previous best total set in the 2007/2008 season) and was
again the leading rider at the Cheltenham Festival for the 11th time since
2004. He became the first rider to ride four winners on the one day at the
Cheltenham Festival with Yorkhill (JLT Novice Chase), Un De Sceaux (Ryanair
Chase), Nichols Canyon (Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle) and Let’s Dance (Trull House
Stud Mares Novice Hurdle) all obliging on the Thursday after he had drawn a
blank on the first two days. As usual, there were plenty of other big race
victories during the course of the season with Un De Sceaux winning both the
Tingle Creek Chase and the Clarence House Chase in Britain and Min (Racing Post
Novice Chase), Vroum Vroum Mag (Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle), Douvan
(Paddy Power Cashcard Chase), Djakadam (John Durkan Chase) other big race
winners while a rather frustrating Punchestown Festival for him ended with a
fine success on Bapaume in the AES Champion 4YO Hurdle. In recent months, Ruby
rode Total Recall to win the Ladbrokes Munster National at Limerick while Melon
took the WKD Hurdle at Down Royal and Sayar landed the Joe Mac Novice Hurdle at
Flat Award Nominee
Another fine year for the Ballydoyle stalwart who continues
to be ‘Mr Reliable’ in the saddle and is very much a team player. Seamie rode
40 winners at home and enjoyed a number of big race winners with Capri’s
victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby giving him a third victory in the
race following the success of Soldier Of Fortune in 2007 and Frozen Fire in
2008. At Royal Ascot in June, he rode Idaho to a hard fought success in the
Hardwicke Stakes while U S Navy Flag gave him a Middle Park Stakes success at
Newmarket from stable companion Fleet Review. The Prix de l’Opera at Chantilly
on Arc Day resulted in another 1-2 for the Aidan O’Brien yard and it was Seamie
on Rhododendron who got the better of Ryan Moore on Hydrangea after a terrific
struggle while other notable victories during another excellent campaign came
courtesy of Elizabeth Browning in the Kilboy Estate Stakes, Actress in the
Anglesey Stakes and Spanish Steps in the Ballyroan Stakes.
Having finished runner up to Pat Smullen in the last two
Irish Flat Jockeys’ Championships, Colin Keane went one better in 2017
clinching a memorable first title by riding his 100th winner of the season on
the very last day which was a truly remarkable achievement for this young and
extremely talented rider. He started the season at Naas in late March with a
double and from early in the season built up a healthy advantage over his
rivals and although Pat Smullen gradually whittled away his lead towards the
latter part of the year, Colin kept churning out the winners and in the end won
decisively by a margin of 12. Trainer Ger Lyons has to take a great deal of
credit for supplying Colin with 67 winners during the year with Psychedelic
Funk’s victory in the Concorde Stakes at Tipperary and Treasuring’s triumph in
the Curragh Stakes two main highlights. Colin also teamed up with the English-trained
Realtra to win both the EBF Brownstown Stakes at Fairyhouse and the Fairy
Bridge Stakes at Tipperary while a memorable year was wrapped up by his first
Group 1 success on the Tony Martin-trained Laganore in the Premio Lydia Tesio
in Italy having earlier partnered the same filly to success in the Denny Cordell
Lavarack & Lanwades Stud Stakes at Gowran Park.
2017 was Ger’s best season in terms of winners trained as he
notched up an impressive tally of 72 during the year which helped stable jockey
Colin Keane notch up his first Flat Jockeys’ Title. In particular, his
juveniles enjoyed a fine time with 24 winners in that department and he has
some nice ones to look forward to for next season. His horses performed
consistently well all season long with an opening day double at Naas in late
March including the Tote Irish Lincolnshire with the stable stalwart Brendan
Brackan setting the scene for things to come. Some notable wins during the
season came courtesy of Doctor Geoff in the Tetrarch Stakes while Treasuring
landed the Qatar Racing And Equestrian Curragh Stakes. Psychedelic Funk won the
Concorde Stakes at Tipperary while Elegant Pose (EBF Garnet Stakes) and
Moonlight Bay (At The Races Birdcatcher Stakes) were other notable winners.
Brendan Brackan has long been a stable star and he enjoyed another fine season
with victories in the Glencairn Stakes at Leopardstown and the Navigation
Stakes at Cork. Gobi Desert was one of a number of very promising two-year-olds
and after winning nicely at the Curragh first time out, he rounded off the
campaign with success in the Legacy Stakes at Navan while maiden winners
McMunigal, Lightening Quick and Who’s Steph all look well capable of making
their presence felt in some good races next season.
only ridden his first winner in early 2015, Oisin Orr has made great strides
since then and was crowned Champion Apprentice with a total of 20 winners in
2017. While his success was undoubtedly made easier by the unfortunate fall of early
championship leader Ana O’Brien at Killarney in mid-July, Oisin has made a good
impression with his quiet riding style and was a deserving winner of the title.
Apprenticed to the Edward Lynam stable, Oisin is very much in demand with a
variety of trainers and enjoyed some fine successes for trainer Tony Martin.
The pair combined to win the valuable Cork Derby Handicap with Moonmeister in
the middle of June and were on the mark with the veteran Ted Veale in the
Guinness Handicap at Listowel while other winners for them included Nibiru,
Tudor City, Landsman and Our Rachael. The Donegal apprentice seems to be very
effective riding on the all-weather at Dundalk and he won twice aboard Ellmarie
Holden’s My Direction towards the latter part of the season while his Master
supplied him with winners courtesy of Magic Bear and Voge. Oisin’s claim is now
at 3lbs and he is sure to be much in demand once again next year and is
definitely a jockey to follow.
Horse Of The Year Award Nominee
campaign started with a respectable fourth placing in the Ballysax Stakes at
Leopardstown before he went close in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial over the
same course three weeks later and a fine run when a close up sixth in the Epsom
Derby soon followed. At the Curragh in early July, he had to fend off a number
of challenges from early in the straight to defeat subsequent English Champion
Stakes winner Cracksman by a neck in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and after
a mid-season break he returned in fine fettle to win the English St Leger in
great style thus becoming the first horse since the legendary Nijinsky to
complete this unique double. His season ended just two weeks later when he
failed to land a blow in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly but he was
probably feeling the effects of a hard race in the Leger on that occasion.
globe-trotting individual was once again a model of consistency during 2017 and
took his earnings past €7.5 million in the process. Heavy rain in Dubai left
the ground too soft for him to get involved in the Dubai Sheema Classic in late
March but back on his favoured fast ground, he proved too good for his rivals
in the Coronation Cup at Epsom in early June and then became his trainer’s
300th Group 1 career winner in a terrific battle for the Prince Of Wales’s
Stakes at Royal Ascot defeating the subsequent Irish Champion Stakes hero,
Decorated Knight, and the subsequent Eclipse Stakes and Juddmonte International
Stakes winner, Ulysses, in a memorable contest. The unusual wet summer in
England did not play to his strengths but Highland Reel’s subsequent fourth
placing in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July and
his third placing behind Cracksman in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot in
October were both worthy efforts while a second bid at Breeders Cup Turf glory
in Del Mar ended with another excellent effort although he had to settle for
third place behind the French trained Talismanic.
smart novice hurdler the season before last, he immediately took to fences with
a fluent success in a hotly contested beginners event at Navan in early
December before proving best in a terrific three way battle for the Neville
Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown later in the month as he defeated Grade 1 winners Coney Island
and Disko by half a length and the same. Disko reversed that form by beating
Our Duke in the Flogas Novice Chase over 2m 5f back at Leopardstown in early
February and the decision to bypass the Cheltenham Festival was handsomely
rewarded when Our Duke powered clear of his rivals from early in the straight
to win the Boylesports Irish Grand National by 14 lengths in tremendous style
as his undoubted class helped him to overcome his relative inexperience over
the campaign by finishing third to his old nemesis Douvan over two miles at
Leopardstown over Christmas but the decision to step him up in distance proved
to be an inspired one as he proved to be a real revelation. He ran out a
decisive winner of the Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles in late January before
running out a narrow winner of the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown in early
February and then scored an unforgettable triumph in the Cheltenham Gold Cup
the following month. This thoroughly likeable seven year old then rounded off a
wonderful season by just getting the better of Djakadam and Coneygree in a
thrilling race for the Punchestown Gold Cup thus becoming the first horse ever
to complete this particular hat-trick of races.
three times at Grade 1 level in the 2016-2017 NH season, Un De Sceaux proved
once again what a high class performer he is with some excellent performances
and fully deserves his nomination in this category. His season commenced with a
fine success in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown in early December while for
the second consecutive year he won the Clarence House Chase (held at Cheltenham
this year) in late January. Stepped up in trip for the Ryanair Chase at the
Cheltenham Festival in March he defied Ruby Walsh’s best efforts to ride him
with more restraint as he pulled his way to the front with over a circuit to
race and then proceeded to put in some spectacular jumps on his way to an
unforgettable triumph over fellow Irish raider Sub Lieutenant in a race that
will live long in the memory. His season ended with an honourable defeat to the
classy Fox Norton in the Boylesports Champion Chase at the Punchestown Festival
but his remarkable horse is now a winner of 18 of his 24 career starts.
promising juvenile when trained by David Wachman last year, Winter developed
into a real star in 2017. A fine second in a Classic Trial at Leopardstown in
April was followed by an excellent performance to win the English 1000 Guineas
at Newmarket the following month while just three weeks later she became only
the third filly to complete the 1000 Guineas double when taking the Tattersalls
sponsored Classic by over four lengths at the Curragh thus following in the
footsteps of Attraction (2004) and Finsceal Beo (2007). The Coronation Stakes
at Royal Ascot was up next and she easily accounted for her rivals on that occasion
while the step up to ten furlongs in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on quite
testing ground in early August resulted in another decisive victory to make it
four Group 1 victories in a row. She rounded off the season with a close second
to Hydrangea in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown before failing to last out
the trip in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly in October but her
earlier performances make her a worthy nomination for this category.
Point-To-Point Award Nominee
The 2016/17 point-to-point season saw Barry O’Neill break
the 13 year stranglehold on the championship set by Derek O’Connor and Jamie
Codd. O’Neill went to the top of the leading riders’ table at Tinahely in
October 2016 and maintained his advantage for the remainder of the season. He
had been runner-up in the title and finished third on three previous occasions.
The former dual novice rider champion had 295 rides which resulted in 66
winners. O’Neill also enjoyed another landmark in his career when he rode his
400th winner at Stradbally in April aboard the Jim Dreaper-trained
His first career success came in March 2007 at Horse and
Jockey aboard Viking Rebel for the Colin Bowe yard which was the beginning of a
successful partnership between O’Neill and his fellow Wexford native. O’Neill
teamed up with Bowe for some of his most notable winners on the racecourse including
the Grade 2 Florida Pearl Novice Chase on Shantou Flyer and the Grade 2 Irish
Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle with Askanna.
As well as securing his first Irish Field riders’ title last season,
O’Neill also claimed his first Eastern riders’ title.
The 2016/17 season saw another phenomenal year for Wexford
handler, Colin Bowe which resulted in him training 32 winners and taking his
fifth leading handlers title. Having only saddled his first point-to-point
winner in October 2007, his season ending tally had multiplied to 32 winners
from a total of 193 runners with a further 23 seconds and 34 thirds. When it is
considered that 12 of these winners came in ultra-competitive four-year-old
maidens it highlights the strength and quantity within his youngster division.
Associated with a number of very smart types including
possibly one of the most exciting young horses in training at the moment,
Samcro, as well as dual bumper winner Getabird, Bowe has cemented his place as
one of the leading nurseries for point-to-point graduates and has continued to
produce some high class graduates such as The Druids Nephew, Western Warhorse
and Monbeg Dude. Bowe was also instrumental in Barry O’Neill winning his first
leading riders title having supplied him with 25 winners last season.
The growing yard of Denis Murphy saw another exciting season
in 2016/17 as the Wexford handler enjoyed his best term to date with his team
of point-to-pointers which saw him finish third in the table. Finishing the
season on 25 winners from a total of 102 runners, he returned an impressive
24.5% strike rate for the season. An incredible 18 of those came in the highly
competitive four-year-old maidens. One of the leading point-to-point handlers
each season, Murphy, who also rode in point-to-points for many years, has
produced some smart types over the years including Grade 1 performers
Therealbandit and the Tricky Trickster.
latest graduates from the 2016/17 season have hit the headlines on many
occasions since their point-to-point debuts. Finians Oscar is one of the most
exciting young horses in training at the moment and has had a fairy-tale story
since winning his four-year-old maiden at Portrush in October 2016 before being
sold at the Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham November Sale from where he went on
to win the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown a little over two months later.
Another graduate from the Murphy yard, who was the sales topper at the same
sale last November is Poli Roi. The son of Poliglote who was a 10-length winner
of his four-year-old maiden last autumn, has since won two bumpers for his new
yard and also been Grade 1 placed at the Punchestown festival.
Jamie Codd enjoyed a successful Cheltenham Festival when
winning two races at the showpiece event in March. Kick-starting his week with success in the
Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase on Cause of Causes, a horse that Codd has developed
a successful partnership with at Prestbury Park as they have now won at the
last three Cheltenham festivals. Completing his dream week in the Cotswolds,
Codd brought-up his initial success in the Cheltenham Festival Champion Bumper on
Fayonagh. The pair backed up this impressive performance by taking the Racing
Post Champion Bumper at the Punchestown festival the following month. Codd’s
strong partnership with the Gordon Elliot-trained Cause Of Causes continued
when the pair finished second in the Aintree Grand National to One For Arthur.
Wexford native also enjoyed success with Enniskillen and Minutestomidnight at
the Punchestown festival and following a successful season in bumpers he was
crowned champion amateur following his 41-40 win over Patrick Mullins. Due to
Codd’s determination to secure his first Champion amateur title he was unable
to ride in as many point-to-points as other years but remarkably still manged
to finish second in the bid to be Champion point-to-point rider for last season
having finished two winners behind Barry O’Neill. At Bartlemy in May Codd rode
his 1,000th combined winner aboard Hitman Fred. In addition to his
big Festival successes and his first Champion amateur title, Codd was awarded
his 19th point-to-point award having won his second senior rider’s
title as well as sharing the Southern title with Rob James.
Liz Lalor has been one of the leading lady riders for
a number of years, and her name has been a near constant presence in the race
to be the Champion Lady rider. Teaming up to great success with
Sprintingforgold last season, the pair combined for success on four occasions
during the season. A further two winners during the campaign for Lalor brought
her to the six-winner mark and secured her a sixth Ladies title. She also won
the first running of the ITM Ladies Open Series having won three of the six
races. Liz was part of the winning Irish team at the Anglo Irish Challenge at
Kingston Blount in May and also secured a winner on Harris Garden. Liz is
already off the mark this season as she steered Defacto Lady to victory at
Lisronagh in October. Away from the Pointing fields, Lalor also enjoyed her
first double as a trainer under rules when Nicat’s Benefit and De Rasher
Counter won for her at Clonmel in March. With nearly 90 winners ridden since
she began riding in 2000, she is one of Ireland’s leading lady riders.
A huge part of the Gordon Elliott team, Lisa partnered Tiger Roll to a truly memorable success in the J.T. McNamara NH Challenge Cup S’chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Despite proving less than fluent at some of his obstacles, the partnership went to the front before the third last and galloped on resolutely up the famous Cheltenham hill to record a truly memorable success.
Lisa also landed one of the most competitive races of the year, the Guinness Kerry National at Listowel, for the second consecutive year on Potter’s Point having won the race on Wrath Of Titans in 2016 and is a worthy nomination for this prestigious award.
Padraig may only have ridden five winners in the 2017 Flat Season but he earns his nomination in this category for his superb success on the Aidan O’Brien-trained Wings Of Eagles in the Epsom Derby in early June, one of the most famous races in the world. Sent off an unconsidered 40/1 chance, the partnership were nearer last than first passing the three furlong marker but Padraig galvanised his mount to great effect and they swooped late and fast with a tremendous flourish to win going away.
Padraig also enjoyed a fruitful partnership with the high-class Hydrangea and won the 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes at Leopardstown on her while he also partnered Flag Of Honour to win the Eyrefield Stakes over the same course in late October.
Rachael took the brave decision to turn professional just over two years ago and she has really reaped the rewards for that decision. She created history when becoming the first female to ever be crowned Irish Champion Conditional Rider in the 2016-2017 National Hunt Season, a fine tally of 32 winners was enough to win the title.
She was seen to particularly good effect on Ellmarie Holden’s smart chaser Abolitionist which gave her a memorable success in the Leinster National Handicap Chase (Grade A) at Naas having also finished second in the Troytown Chase and third in the Irish Grand National. She also enjoyed a good partnership with the same stable’s smart juvenile hurdler, Ex Patriot, with the pair finishing a fine fourth in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.
The Pertemps Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival is one of the most competitive races in the National Hunt season and while winning the race with Mall Dini in 2016 was a fine training performance, to come back 12 months later and win the same race with a different horse is a truly remarkable achievement.
Presenting Percy was the horse in question this time and while there were fears that a 10lbs hike in the ratings for a Fairyhouse success in February might tell against him, this very likeable performer, under an expert ride from Davy Russell, came home a very impressive winner and his astute handler fully deserves his nomination in this category.
Just like his riding career, Joseph O’Brien’s short training career to date (only took out a licence in June 2016) is nothing short of meteoric and his truly remarkable achievement to saddle Rekindling to win one of the world’s most famous races, the Melbourne Cup, is one of the stories of the year. The youngest trainer at the age of 24 to win the race, Rekindling was the first three-year-old to score since 1941, and other big race successes for Joseph in a memorable first full calendar year with a licence came courtesy of Tigris River in the Guinness Galway Hurdle while Rekindling also won the Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown and the Curragh Cup.
Joseph also has the distinction of saddling over 100 winners (both flat and NH combined) since January 1 and other notable wins came with Landofhopeandglory (Kilbegnet Novice Chase), Early Doors (Fishery Lane Hurdle) and Detailed (Martin Molony Stakes).
Despite an injury-interrupted year, Jack Kennedy got to show the racing world his undoubted riding talents on more than one occasion last season with victory on Labaik in the Supreme Novice Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival at the age of just 17 one of many highlights. Outlander gave him two Grade 1 winners as the pair combined to win the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown and the JNWine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal, A Toi Phil won the Leopardstown Chase and the PWC Champion Chase at Gowran Park while Death Duty was another Grade 1 winner in the Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle at Naas.
Having been sidelined for a couple of months during the summer, Jack has regained the winning habit in recent weeks with notable wins on Clarcam (Fortria Chase), Mengli Khan (For Auction Novice Hurdle) and Apple’s Jade (Lismullen Hurdle), all at Navan.
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