Rewarding Outstanding Performances and Achievements
The Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) Awards were created in 2003 as a celebration
of Irish racing. Awards are presented in seven categories: Flat Racing,
National Hunt Racing, Point-to-Point Racing, Horse of the Year, Contribution to
Industry, Outstanding Achievement and Racecourse of the Year.
The HRI Awards acknowledge excellence in the horse racing industry where
Ireland has an enviable array of talent. Every year, the country's best
breeders, owners, trainers, jockeys, media and industry people are recognised
for their success.
Most of the award winners are decided by ballot of the Irish Racing Media.
The Racecourse of the Year Award is decided by the Racegoers' Consultative
Forum, the Irish racing media and members of the public vote on the Outstanding
Achievement Category, through the HRI Awards App and the Contribution to
Industry Award is announced on the day.
Previous winners are listed below.
Minding, trained by Aidan O’Brien and owned by Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier and Michael Tabor, won five of the seven Group 1 races she contested this year. She was successful in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket in May and the Epsom Oaks before taking the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh, the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in October.
Don Cossack (Joint Winner)
Faugheen (Joint Winner)
Sea The Stars
War of Attrition
Aidan O’Brien won the Flat Award after a truly remarkable year where he enjoyed 22 Group 1 wins worldwide along with a 1-2-3 in both the Newmarket 1,000 Guineas and the Prix De l’Arc De Triomphe. Champion Trainer in Ireland once again with 117 victories, he was also Champion Trainer in Britain with 13 Group 1 victories alone.
The National Hunt Award went to Champion Trainer Willie Mullins, who had another fantastic season with 34 Grade 1 wins worldwide, including seven at the Cheltenham Festival. Willie also saddled six Grade 1 winners at the Punchestown Festival, won the Guinness Galway Hurdle in July and enjoyed a first Classic winner with Wicklow Brave in the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger at the Curragh.
Trainer Mouse Morris won the Outstanding Achievement Award, which was decided by both the Irish racing media and racing fans. Mouse remarkably saddled the winner of both the Irish Grand National and the Aintree Grand National in the same season. Rogue Angel and Ger Fox prevailed in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National, while just 12 days later, Rule The World and David Mullins won the Aintree Crabbie’s Grand National.
Niall 'Slippers' Madden
Jockey Jamie Codd picked up the Point-To-Point Award after winning a second national rider’s title despite suffering a serious injury on the opening day of the season. Jamie also guided Cause Of Causes to a second consecutive Cheltenham Festival win before deputising aboard On The Fringe to win the Aintree Foxhunters and he also recorded a first winner at the Galway Festival.
Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland, presented the Contribution to the Industry Award to the matriarch of the Mullins racing dynasty, Mrs Maureen Mullins. Maureen has been part of the Irish racing landscape for the best part of six decades and was married to one of Ireland’s greatest ever trainers, the late Paddy Mullins.
Brian Kavanagh said: “It was a pleasure to present the Contribution to the Industry award to a very special lady who is a most deserving winner. From the likes of Hurry Harriet, Dawn Run, Grabel and Vintage Tipple, Maureen has witnessed the highs of racing on many occasions and is without doubt one of the most popular figures on the Irish racing scene.”
Galway Racecourse Committee