The Aga Khan: received the ITBA Special Recognition Award at the Curragh on SaturdayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
ITBA special recognition award for the Aga Khan
THE Aga Khan was on hand at the Curragh on Saturday to receive the ITBA Special Recognition Award at the ITBA Regional Awards for Kildare and Dublin, sponsoredby Barrett Quigley Financial Limited.
The award - a plaque highlightling his Irish-bred Group 1 winners - was in recognition of the outstanding success enjoyed by the Aga Khan since he took control of his family's bloodstock in 1960. A number of champions have carried his famous green and red silks since then, among them Zarkava, Dalakhani, Shergar and Sinndar.
Excelebration: bred by John Tuthill's Owenstown StudPICTURE:Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Harry Reilly, a well known figure at the sales, won the Award for Contribution to the Industry. Reilly has spent 50 years in the industry, working with the likes of George Weld, Christy Grassick and Jim Bolger, and is now an important member of the sales team at the Castlebridge Consignment.
The Small Breeder Award went to Des Leadon and Dr Mariann Klay of Swordlestown Little. Established in 2001 near Naas, the operation made its mark in 2011 as the breeder of high-class juvenile Lilbourne Lad.
The leading two-year-old award was received by the breeders of Dewhurst Stakes fourth Most Improved, Skymarc Farm Inc. and Ecurie des Monceaux, while the leading three-year-old award went to the Group 1-winning miler Excelebration, bred by John Tuthill's Owenstown Stud.
Hurricane Fly, bred by Paolo Caiani at Holyhill Stud, was named leading jumps horse.