Horse rac­ing awards

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TWENTY-EIGHT Ir­ish train­ers, jock­eys and horses have been nom­i­nated for the six pres­ti­gious 2017 Horse Rac­ing Ire­land Awards, with Wex­ford well rep­re­sented, par­tic­u­larly dom­i­nat­ing the point-to-point cat­e­gory with four of the five nom­i­nees.

Those in the run­ning are reign­ing cham­pion jockey Barry O’Neill (Kil­tealy); Jamie Codd, beaten by one by O’Neill in an epic ti­tle bat­tle, Chel­tenham dou­ble win­ner and sec­ond in the Grand National; train­ers Colin Bowe, reign­ing cham­pion from Kil­tealy, and De­nis Mur­phy, Bally­boy, The Bal­lagh, who had suc­cess on the course and in the sales ring. Ladies cham­pion, Liz Lalor, is the only non-Wex­ford nom­i­nee.

Of course, trainer Ai­dan O’Brien is nom­i­nated in the flat rac­ing cat­e­gory and must be a shoo-in af­ter break­ing the world record for Group 1 win­ners in a year with 27, in­clud­ing eight of the ten clas­sics in Bri­tain and Ire­land, and he took his 20th Ir­ish cham­pion trainer’s ti­tle.

His son, Joseph, is in the run­ning for the Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Award af­ter his sen­sa­tional win in the Mel­bourne Cup. This is voted on by the rac­ing me­dia and the pub­lic through the site www. gorac­, open­ing on November 14.

The win­ners will be named at Leop­ard­stown Race­course on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 5.

Claire O’Rior­dan

Kylie Mur­phy

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