Down Royal takes the win at awards

Down Royal was named Racecourse of the Year at the Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) Awards at Leopardstown Racecourse this week.

Tuesday, 5th December 2017, 5:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 7:08 am

The local racecourse, one of the most popular and progressive racecourses in Ireland, has undergone a huge amount of development and improvement over the past decade, and hosts the first Grade 1 race of the jumps season every year.

The Racecourse of the Year award was presented to racecourse chairman Jim Nicholson and manager Mike Todd.

Other winners at the 15th annual HRI Awards, which were attended by many of the industry’s leading figures, were:

Contribution to the Industry Award - Aidan O’Brien

Horse of the Year Award - Sizing John

National Hunt Award - Jessica Harrington

Flat Award - Colin Keane

Outstanding Achievement Award - Joseph O’Brien

Point-To-Point Award - Barry O’Neill

Each of the award winners received a specially commissioned bronze trophy created by sculptor Siobhan Bulfin.

Horse Racing Ireland, Chairman, Joe Keeling, commented: “Today has allowed Horse Racing Ireland honour the wonderful achievements of the Irish racing industry throughout 2017. Many congratulations to the many nominees and the deserving winners and I wish everyone in the Irish racing industry continued success in the year ahead.”