Rewarding Outstanding Performances and Achievements
We asked two weighroom legends, Barry
Geraghty and Pat Smullen, to choose three rides each from the year that was. It
was a tough task but when the two boys sat down to narrow their choices, this
is what they came up with.
The winner of the award went to Billy Lee for his Ride of Space Traveller. Willie McCreery accepted the award for Billy on the night.
Tiger Roll was crowned 2019 Horse Of The Year
Tiger Roll, owned by the Gigginstown Stud, was the deserving winner of the Horse of the Year Award.
The Gordon Elliott trained horse won back-to-back Randox Grand Nationals as well as the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham in 2019.
Don Cossack (Joint Winner)
Faugheen (Joint Winner)
Sea The Stars
War of Attrition
a wonderful season, Jessica posted her best tally of winners highlighted by the
remarkable success of her juvenile fillies. The exciting Albigna landed the
Group 2 Airlie Stud Stakes at the Curragh on Derby weekend before winning the
prestigious Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp on Arc day. There was also
top-level success for the stable when Millisle won the Group 1 Cheveley Park
Stakes at Newmarket.
Aidan O' Brien
had a terrific time of things in 2019, beginning the season with success on the
Aidan O'Brien-trained Hermosa in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket and rounding
off the year with a first Breeders’ Cup win on Iridessa, adding to their wins
in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh and the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron
Stakes at Leopardstown on Longines Irish Champions Weekend.
has cemented her position as one of the leading jockeys in the country with a second-place
finish in last season’s jockeys’ championship and a string of big race
victories throughout the season. She rode her first winners at the Cheltenham
Festival in March on A Plus Tard and Minella Indo. Rachael brought that form to
the Fairyhouse and Punchestown festivals where she was a Grade 1 winner on
Honeysuckle and Minella Indo and landed the Kerry National at Listowel on Poker
continues to go from strength to strength and enjoyed a terrific 12 months with
the undoubted highlight being by his first winner at the Cheltenham Festival in
March with Espoir D’Allen which recorded a record breaking 15-length success in
the Champion Hurdle. Domestically, Gavin enjoyed his best season in 2018/2019 with
33 winners, a tally he already surpassed in the current term.
Retired jockeys Pat Smullen and Ruby Walsh were joint recipients of the Irish Racing Hero Award at the Horse Racing Ireland Awards. The two champion jockeys, who retired within days of each other in May this year, were honoured with the award on the night.
Pat Smullen & Ruby Walsh
Katie Walsh & Nina Carberry
Point-to-Point Award goes to County Wexford for the second year running as Barry
O’Neill adds to his 2017 success. The
2017/18 season saw Barry defend the national riders’ title thanks to a total of
59 winners on 53 different horses with an impressive strike rate of 22%. Barry
rode four trebles at Oldcastle, Monksgrange, Loughrea and Borris House which
helped him not only retain his eastern rider’s title but also claim a first
title in the northern region. On the track, O’Neill teamed up with
point-to-point recruit Commander Of Fleet to win the Goffs Land Rover Bumper at
the Punchestown Festival.
McGoldrick, who retires this year as chief medical officer of the Irish
Horseracing Regulatory Board, was presented with the Contribution to the
Industry Award. The Newbridge-based GP has held the position since 2007 and was
universally acclaimed for his efforts in improving jockeys’ safety and has been
hailed for his research into areas including athletes’ dehydration, concussion,
nutrition and mental health. Dr McGoldrick served as racecourse doctor at the
Curragh for over 30 years.
Galway Racecourse Committee