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Maybe - The Curragh - 07.08.2011

Maybe: breeder of the ITBA two-year-old filly of the year, Denis Brosnan, was inducted into the ITBA Hall of Fame on Saturday

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Brosnan inducted into ITBA Hall Of Fame

THE achievements of Horse Racing Ireland chairman Denis Brosnan were celebrated on Saturday night at the ITBA annual racing and breeding awards, held at the Heritage Golf and Spa Resort in Killenard, County Laois, as he was inducted into the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Hall of Fame.

The ITBA's recognition caps a memorable year for Brosnan - he is the joint owner of Croom House Stud and his Epona Bloodstock bred Maybe, who received the award for the two-year-old filly of the year.

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Hurricane Fly: the ITBA hurdler of the year

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The other standout winner at the ceremony, where guest of honour was minister of agriculture Simon Coveney, was Manister House Stud owner Frank Barry.

The family-run stud in County Limerick reached a memorable landmark last year - breeding their first Group 1 winner, the Kevin Prendergast-trained Phoenix Stakes heroine La Collina.

The Small Breeder award went to Des Leadon and Marian Klay of Swordlestown Little Stud.

It was also a productive night for Glenview Stud resident Presenting, not only did he scoop Stallion ofthe year, his son First Lieutenant won Novice Hurdler of the year.

King's Theatre was represented by two winners in Voler La Vedette and Captain Chris.


 Award  Winner  Breeder
 National Hunt racemare  Voler La Vedette  Margaret Brophy
 National Hunt novice hurdler  First Lieutenant  Mary O'Connor
 National Hunt 4yo hurdler  Zarkandar  HH The Aga Khan's Studs
 Novice Chaser  Captain Chris  Noreen Walsh
 National Hunt hurdler  Hurricane Fly  Agricola del Parco
 National Hunt chaser   Sizing Europe  Angela Bracken
 Stallion  Presenting
 Two-year-old filly  Maybe  Epona Bloodstock
 Two-year-old colt  Parrish Hall  J S Bolger
 Three-year-old filly  Immortal Verse  Kilfrush Stud
 Three-year-old colt  Excelebration  Owenstown Stud
 Small breeder  Des Leadon and Mary Klay
 Life Time Achievement  Frank Barry
 Hall Of Fame 2011  Denis Brosnan





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