Trainer Aidan O’Brien and the Organising Committee behind 2014’s hugely successful Champions Weekend, both received presentations from the Turf Club at the annual, Moyglare Dinner which was held in the K Club last weekend.
The high profile event each year provides the opportunity for the Turf Club to honour individuals or an organisation which has had an exceptional year or who over a period of time has made an exceptional contribution to Irish racing.
The presentation was made by Turf Club Senior Steward Neville O’Byrne, who also gave the annual Moyglare speech.
Aidan O’Brien was honoured for his historic achievement in training a third Epsom Derby winner in a row with Australia following on the successes of Ruler of the World (2013) and Camelot in 2012.
Speaking of Aidan’s achievement, Neville O’Byrne said: “Aidan O’Brien is no stranger to breaking records. He has already trained multiple Group one winners and in 2014 he trained his 11th winner of the Irish Derby since 1997. However it is not for the creation of that record that Aidan is receiving his presentation tonight but for another record he set in 2014 in relation to the Epsom Derby.
“The Epsom Derby was run for the first time in 1780. Since then it has been run on 235 occasions. However in 2014 Aidan achieved something that no trainer has ever achieved before in the history of the race when he became the first person to train three consecutive winners of the race - an incredible achievement.
“In the process he was recording his fifth Epsom Derby winner and his 21st Classics win in the UK.”
The Irish Turf Club also honoured the organising committee behind the hugely successful inaugural Champions Weekend which took place at Leopardstown and the Curragh in September at the Moyglare event.