Maybe: breeder of the ITBA two-year-old filly of the year, Denis Brosnan, was inducted into the ITBA Hall of Fame on SaturdayPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
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.
Hurricane Fly: the ITBA hurdler of the yearPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
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.
|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|
|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|