Horse Racing Ireland Winners Announced

Tuesday, December 09, 2014
HRI awards 2014

HRI Award winners 2014. Photo: Patrick McCann

Sole Power, trained by Eddie Lynam was crowned Horse of the Year at the 12 th annual Horse Racing Ireland Awards held at Leopardstown Racecourse today. Owned by Sabina Power, Sole Power completed a fantastic Group 1 double during the summer months, winning the Kings Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot for the second consecutive year and the Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

Eddie Lynam was also awarded the Flat Award for the first time following a memorable year with both Sole Power and Slade Power, who between them won four of the five Group 1 sprints in Britain.

Willie Mullins collected the National Hunt Award after a tremendous season where he had 185 domestic winners and was crowned leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival. He also helped to create history at the meeting by saddling Quevega to win the OLBG Mares Hurdle for the sixth consecutive year.

Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of HRI presented the Contribution to Industry Award to Mick O'Toole, one of Ireland's leading trainers in the 1970s and the 1980s. Mick enjoyed many big race victories to his credit and together with the late Dessie Hughes, enjoyed considerable success at the top meetings in Ireland and at the Cheltenham Festival.

Tom Hogan won the Outstanding Achievement Award , which was open to public vote through the HRI Awards App. Tom's stable star Gordon Lord Byron landed The George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill Racecourse in Australia and recorded a thrilling success in the QIPCO Champions Sprint at Ascot.

Wexford native Jamie Codd received the Point-To-Point Award for the second year in a row. Jamie had an exceptional year, winning the Point-To-Point Riders' Title for the first time and also riding his first ever Grade 1 winner when steering Shaneshill to success for Willie Mullins at the Punchestown Festival.

The Racecourse of the Year Award went to Leopardstown Racecourse. It was selected by the Racegoers Consultative Forum based upon the best all-round customer experience.

Punchestown Racecourse received the Most Family-Friendly Award in the special category awards, while Galway Racecourse was awarded Best Catering and Leopardstown won Best Information Services and Best Entertainment.

Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of HRI commented: "The HRI Awards give us a chance to reflect on the successes of the past year and to recognise the achievements of our trainers, jockeys and horses. The list of winners and nominees demonstrates the continuing strength-in-depth of Irish racing and the extraordinary dedication of its participants."

The award winners received bronze trophies, created by sculptor Siobhan Bulfin.

The list of winners and nominees demonstrates the continuing strength-in-depth of Irish racing and the extraordinary dedication of its participants.