Sole Power, trained by Eddie Lynam, was crowned Horse of the Year at the 12th annual Horse Racing Ireland Awards held at Leopardstown Racecourse.
Owned by Sabina Power, Sole Power completed a fantastic Group 1 double during the summer months, winning the Kings Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot for the second consecutive year and the Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
Eddie Lynam was also awarded the Flat Award for the first time following a memorable year with both Sole Power and Slade Power, who between them won four of the five Group 1 sprints in Britain.
Willie Mullins collected the National Hunt Award after a tremendous season where he had 185 domestic winners and was crowned leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival. He also helped to create history at the meeting by saddling Quevega to win the OLBG Mares Hurdle for the sixth consecutive year.
Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of HRI, presented the Contribution to Industry Award to Mick O’Toole, one of Ireland’s leading trainers in the 1970s and the 1980s. Mick enjoyed many big race victories to his credit and together with the late Dessie Hughes, enjoyed considerable success at the top meetings in Ireland and at the Cheltenham Festival.
Tom Hogan won the Outstanding Achievement Award, which was open to public vote through the HRI Awards App. Tom’s stable star Gordon Lord Byron landed The George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill Racecourse in Australia and recorded a thrilling success in the QIPCO Champions Sprint at Ascot.
Wexford native Jamie Codd received the Point-To-Point Award for the second year in a row. Jamie had an exceptional year, winning the Point-To-Point Riders’ Title for the first time and also riding his first ever Grade 1 winner when steering Shaneshill to success for Willie Mullins at the Punchestown Festival.
Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of HRI commented: “The HRI Awards give us a chance to reflect on the successes of the past year and to recognise the achievements of our trainers, jockeys and horses. The list of winners and nominees demonstrates the continuing strength-in-depth of Irish racing and the extraordinary dedication of its participants.”
Sole Power was Crowned Horse of the Year
Willie Mullins won the National Hunt Award
Eddie Lynam received the Flat Award
Mick O’Toole Awarded Contribution to Industry
Tom Hogan collected the Outstanding Achievement Award
Jamie Codd won the Point-To-Point Award