Northern Ireland continues to punch above its weight in Thoroughbred breeding

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NH AWARD: Fred Mackey accepting NH Award for ‘Native River’ from Tom Rudd at the ITBA Northern Region Breeding and Racing Awards. (FW46-536NN)

OVER 120 people gathered in Down Royal Racecourse for the ITBA Northern Region Annual Breeding and Racing Awards to celebrate all that is good about Thoroughbred Breeding in Northern Ireland.

Looking through the list of recipients, it is obvious that Northern Ireland is punching way above its weight in regards to high class, quality breeding and year after year is responsible for many black type winners all over the globe.

Organisers thanked the sponsors, Coolmore Stud, Godolphin Ireland, Goffs, ITM, Tattersalls Ireland, Weatherbys Ireland, The Irish Field and Blue Grass Horse Feeds, who support the association every year. Thanks were also extended to the management and staff at Down Royal Racecourse and the French Village Caterers for supplying a delicious meal in very comfortable surroundings.

Attendees enjoyed an awards ceremony that was expertly hosted by MC Richard Pugh before racing and enjoyed the fantasy forecast competition that went on between tables during the day. Alan and Bill Dunlop’s table were eventual winners by just one point to Anna and Kevin Ross’ table, which generated a great deal of fun throughout the day.


Leading 2YO: Danzan, Bred by Colin Kennedy.

Leading 3YO: Best Solution, Bred by Cecil & Martin McCracken.

Leading Older Horse: Arcanada, Bred by Charles Foy.

Leading Overseas Horse: Elhaame, Bred by Max Ervine.

Leading Point to Point Horse: Fenno’s Storm, Bred by John Kidd.

Leading National Hunt Mare: Cote de Grace, Bred by Alan & Bill Dunlop.

Leading National Hunt Horse: Native River, Bred by Fred Mackey.

Contribution to the Industry: Mr James Nicholson.


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