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Casamento: Racing Post Trophy winner was the ITBA two-year-old colt of the year

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris (racingpost.com/photos) 

Weinstocks and Aga Khan recognised by ITBA

THE achievements of the Aga Khan and the Weinstock family's Ballymacoll Stud during the past 50 years were celebrated in front of 360 people on Saturday night at the ITBA annual racing and breeding awards, held at the Heritage Golf and Spa Resort in Killenard, County Laois.

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Galileo: champion sire was stallion of the year

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker 

Both operations were the recipients of a special award in recognition of their position as longtime forerunners within the bloodstock industry; the Aga Khan as the breeder of such luminaries as Dalakhani, Darshaan, Sinndar and Zarkava and Ballymacoll as the breeder of those such as Conduit, North Light, Sun Princess and Troy.

Peter Reynolds, manager of the County Meath-based Ballymacoll, reflected on Sunday what the award meant to the stud and lamented the loss of the traditional owner-breeder.

"It's been sad to see the demise of the owner-breeder," said Reynolds, who has been involved with Ballymacoll for the past 40 years. "It's wonderful that the family decided the keep the operation going and we wouldn't be in this business if we didn't think we could compete with some of the bigger organisations."

He added: "The award is a great complement to Irish breeding as even though the horses are trained in Britain, we are based in Ireland.

"We've had some wonderful horses - Troy was phenomenal and Pilsudski was a tremendous horse. But we continue to look forward. We may have just celebrated 50 years but we are approaching this year as if it's our first. We've got some lovely horses to look forward to including Eleanora Duse, who stays in training."

The lifetime achievement award went to Martyn McEnery of Rossenarra Stud, who fills a place in the history books as the breeder of Red Rum. McEnery also bred the top-class 2m chaser Remittance Man as well as Stayers Hurdle winner Bacchanal.

Today, the County Kilkenny-based stud, which is home to Windsor Knot, is under the management of his son, John, who tasted success as the top level as a breeder last season through the Prix Jean Prat winner Dick Turpin.

The son of Arakan was snapped up as a yearling at Tattersalls Ireland for €26,000 by Peter Doyle and Richard Hannon, who were the joint recipients of an award for contribution to the industry.

Snow Fairy added another award to her record as three-year-old filly of the year while Imperial Commander was named jumps horse for the second consecutive year.

It was also a productive night for champion sire and stallion of the year Galileo, who was represented by two winners in Cape Blanco and Misty For Me.

The night also saw former ITBA president Sir Edmond Loder inducted to the hall of fame.

ITBA AWARD WINNERS 2011
 Award  Winner  Breeder
 2yo colt  Casamento  D & J Cantillon/C & K Canning
 2yo filly  Misty For Me  March Thoroughbreds
 3yo colt  Cape Blanco  Jack Ronan & Des Vere Hunt Farming
 3yo filly  Snow Fairy  Windflower Overseas Holdings
 NH chaser  Imperial Commander  Laurence J. Flynn
 2m chaser  Big Zeb  Lyle Buttimer
 Novice chaser  Weapon's Amnesty  Aaron Metcalfe
 NH young horse  Peddlers Cross  Mrs A Delaney
 Stallion of the year  Galileo
 Lifetime achievement  Martyn McEnery
 Industry contribution  Peter Doyle/Richard Hannon
 

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