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Western Breeders celebrated on Galway Plate Day

ITBA Western Region Annual Breeding & Racing Awards were back in their well-established spot in The Killanin Stand on Galway Plate Day to celebrate the achievements of horses and breeders in the West of Ireland.
04-August-23
Western Breeders celebrated on Galway Plate Day

Western Breeders celebrated on Galway Plate Day

ITBA Western Region Annual Breeding & Racing Awards were back in their well-established spot in The Killanin Stand on Galway Plate Day to celebrate the achievements of horses and breeders in the West of Ireland. The event is a highlight of the ITBA calendar and with close to 300 people in attendance enjoying a scrumptious four-course meal at the hands of Lydon House Catering.

Speaking about the day, Sean Murphy, ITBA Western Region Chairman commented: ‘It is great to be back at Galway this year to celebrate the success of Western breeders. We are delighted to be able to tie our Awards Day to one of the best racing festivals in the world and we thank Galway Racecourse and Lydon House Catering for facilitating us year on year.

I would like to thank our sponsors Coolmore Stud, Godolphin Ireland, Goffs, Sean Barrett Bloodstock Insurance, Tattersalls Ireland, The Irish Field and Weatherbys for their continued support, without which days like this would not be possible. The awards are a wonderful opportunity to showcase our great industry and today we celebrate the people and horses behind it. Also a huge thanks to the Western Region Committee of Carol Burke, Troy Cullen, Ignatius Geraghty, Sean Hoare, Hugh Ryan, Ita Sheridan and Cassie Tully who give their time for the betterment of breeders in the West.

Style was also rewarded on the day with the Best Dressed Filly & Colt Awards. Thanks to our judges Brian Purcell (BP Communications) and local milliner and breeder Brid O’Driscoll. Congratulations to Dillon Kenny, Noreen Kindregan and Laura Jayne Halton who picked up prizes in the style stakes.


Western Region Award Winners 2023

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Flat Award

Horse: Victoria Road

Breeder: Trevor Stewart

Sponsor: Coolmore

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National Hunt Chaser Award

Horse: Third Time Lucki

Breeder: Gabriel Delaney

Sponsor: Tattersalls Ireland

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National Hunt Hurdler Award

Horse: Mctique

Breeder: Marguerite Joyce

Sponsor: Goffs

4. P2P Award 2023.jpeg

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Point to Point Award

Horse: Ifeoinly

Owner: Brendan Walsh

Sponsor: The Irish Field

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Small Breeder Award

Winner: Mr Gerry Murphy

Sponsor: Weatherbys

6. Special Recognition Award 2023.jpeg

Special Recognition Award

Winner: Derek O’Connor

Sponsor: Sean Barrett Bloodstock Insurance Ltd

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Contribution to the Industry

Recipient: Philip McManus

Sponsor: Godolphin

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