Pat Smullen and Ruby Walsh, had been honoured with the Irish Racing Hero Award at this yr’s Horse Racing Eire Awards. 

Instructor Jessica Harrington, peak jockey Rachael Blackmore and twin Aintree Grand Nationwide winner Tiger Roll had been additionally some of the winners on the horseracing awards bash.

Irish Racing Hero Award winners Pat Smullen and Ruby Walsh, broadly considered two of the all time nice jockeys, retired inside days of one another previous this yr. 9-time Flat champion Pat hung up his boots in early Might and used to be then central to a celebrated fundraising marketing campaign for pancreatic most cancers trials and consciousness of pancreatic most cancers analysis.

The marketing campaign culminated with the Pat Smullen Champions Race for Most cancers Trials Eire on the Curragh and raised over €2.5m for charity.

Ruby bowed out with Grade 1 good fortune on the Punchestown Pageant after his personal stellar occupation. Topped Nationwide Hunt jockey in Eire on 12 events, his report in large bounce races world wide used to be moment to none.

Ruby used to be the main rider on the Cheltenham Pageant on 11 events and retired with a report 59 winners on the assembly to his identify.


Tiger Roll, owned by means of Gigginstown Area Stud, is among the hottest horses in coaching and used to be the runaway winner of the Horse Of The Yr Award.

In April of this yr, ‘Tiger’ changed into the primary horse since Crimson Rum in 1973 and 1974 to report back-to-back wins within the Aintree Grand Nationwide having notched up his fourth win on the Cheltenham Pageant best the month sooner than.

The Nationwide Hunt Award went to Rachael Blackmore whose achievements at the racecourse had been being said for the second one successive yr.

Blackmore has cemented her place as one of the crucial main jockeys within the nation with a second-place end in remaining season’s jockeys’ championship and a string of big-race victories right through the season.

The previous champion conditional rode her first winners on the Cheltenham Pageant in March on A Plus Tard and Minella Indo and loved 3 Grade One winners in 2019.


Jessica Harrington is the winner of the Flat Award.  The thrilling Albigna landed the Team 2 Airlie Stud Stakes on the Curragh for Harrington on Derby weekend sooner than profitable the distinguished Team 1 Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp on Arc day. There used to be additionally top-level good fortune for the strong when Millisle gained the Team 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.

The Nationwide Hunt Success Award went to Gavin Cromwell. Gavin continues to move from energy to energy and loved an awesome 12 months with the undoubted spotlight being his first winner on the Cheltenham Pageant in March with the overdue Espoir D’allen profitable the Champion Hurdle.

The Flat Success Award went to Corkman Wayne Lordan who had an awesome time of items in 2019, starting the season with good fortune on Hermosa within the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket and rounding off the yr with a primary Breeders’ Cup win on Iridessa, including to their wins within the Lovely Polly Stakes and the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes on Longines Irish Champions Weekend.


Darragh O’Keeffe is the winner of the inaugural Rising Skill Award. Status out among a number of vastly promising younger Nationwide Hunt jockeys, Darragh landed his 60th good fortune and rode out his declare when profitable the Cork Nationwide. That win capped an unbelievable upward thrust for the younger rider who had his first winner best 16 months in the past.

Naas Racecourse used to be the winner of the Racecourse of the Yr Award. From all 26 racecourses, the County Kildare venue got here out on peak following a poll of individuals of the Racegoers’ Consultative Discussion board, the Irish racing media, the Affiliation of Irish Racehorse House owners, the Irish Racehorse Running shoes Affiliation, the Irish Jockeys Affiliation and the Irish Stablestaff Affiliation.

Brian Kavanagh, Leader Govt of HRI, stated: “This can be a very special day as we glance again on every other a success yr for our trade. Our ‘heroes’ Pat Smullen and Ruby Walsh are totally deserving in their awards for all they gave us over such a lot of years and naturally, Tony O’Hehir used to be every other to revel in a fantastic occupation in racing journalism, doing such a lot to advertise our game to the widest imaginable target audience. There may rarely be a extra well-liked horse in coaching than Tiger Roll and he’s a becoming winner of the Horse of the Yr Award.”


The winners of the 17th annual awards had been:

Irish Racing Hero Award: Pat Smullen & Ruby Walsh

Contribution to the Business Award: Tony O’Hehir

Horse of the Yr Award: Tiger Roll

Rising Skill Award: Darragh O’Keeffe

Nationwide Hunt Award: Rachael Blackmore

Nationwide Hunt Success Award: Gavin Cromwell

Flat Award: Jessica Harrington

Flat Success Award: Wayne Lordan

Level-to-Level Award: Colin Bowe

Trip of the Yr Award: Billy Lee

Racecourse of the Yr Award: Naas Racecourse

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