ONCE again, much of the International Bloodstock Industry logged on to watch the live streaming of the ITBA National Breeding and Racing Awards on Saturday, January 25. In excess of 370 people descended on The Heritage Killenard, located in a rural townland in Co. Laois. All in attendance were there to honour and acknowledge the outstanding achievements of Irish breeders and Irish bred horses, both Flat and National Hunt, during 2019.
The ITBA congratulates all award recipients, but a special mention goes JP McManus, who was inducted into its Hall of Fame.
During his address to the full house, ITBA Chairman Christy Grassick highlighted the need to actively engage with all general election candidates, emphasising the rural reach and economic contribution the industry makes. He advised the ITBA activity plan for 2020 would concentrate on supporting small to medium sized breeders through its budget submission and political engagement. Also high on the list of priorities is animal welfare and traceability.
He stressed ITBA’s commitment to the investing in and nurturing of future generations and welcomed the inaugural ITBA Next Generation Award, which went to Joanne Lavery.
ITBA National Breeding & Racing Awards 2019
ITBA Next Generation: Joanne Lavery
Young National Hunt Horse: Gypsy Island Breeder: Rosetown Bloodstock
Novice Hurdler: City Island Breeder: Kenneth Parkhill
Novice Chaser: Lostintranslation Breeder: Andrew Kavanagh
Hurdler: Paisley Park Breeder: Michael Conaghan
Chaser: Altior Breeder: Paddy Behan
Small Breeder: Paddy Kelly
2yr Old Filly: Millisle Breeder: Stonethorn Stud Farms Ltd
2yr Old Colt: Pinatubo Breeder: Godolphin
3yr Old Filly: Iridessa Breeder: Whisperview Trading Ltd
3yr Old Filly: Search For A Song Breeder: Moyglare Stud Farm Ltd
3yr Old Colt: Ten Sovereigns Breeder: Camas Park, Lynch Bages & Summerhill
Wild Geese: Mags O’Toole
Life Time Achievement: Philip Myerscough
Hall of Fame: JP McManus
Owned and bred by the Jennins family’s Stonethorn Stud Farms, ‘Millisle’ made an instant impression on the racecourse with an impressive debut at Bellewstown when winning by over four lengths.
An unlucky run next time out was soon forgotten, when this daughter of ‘Starspangledbanner’ displayed her soon to be customary late turn of foot, this time in the listed Curragh Stakes.
‘Millisle’ bounced back once again from an unlucky defeat when she took her chance in the Group 1 Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.
A credit to her trainer, Jessica Harrington, ‘Millisle’ looks a leading contender for the 1,000 Guineas.
‘Millisle’ was recently named as the best of her age and sex in Europe.
Stonethorn Stud Farms is one of the most successful breeding establishments in this country.