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Tony Morris receives Devonshire Bronze

TONY MORRIS, the Racing Post's renowned bloodstock writer, was last night named the recipient of this year's Devonshire Bronze at the annual awards of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association.

The award is one of two that are revealed only on the night and Morris admitted to being "stunned but delighted" to receive it.

He said: "If you look at some of the previous names who have received the Andrew Devonshire Bronze it is clear what an honour it is for me to receive it."

In announcing Morris, a former council member of the TBA, as the winner, presenter Alice Plunkett said: "There is no one here this evening who will not be familiar with this person, for it is no exaggeration to say that he is a world authority on his chosen subject."

Introducing it as "the TBA's mostprestigious award", Plunkett said: "Here are a few clues about our latest recipient who would be puffing away at a Havana cigar as I speak if he had his way:

"He was brought up in the West Country and has always been a great supporter of Exeter Football Club. His first racecourse visits were to Brighton and Buckfastleigh - so he's no spring chicken!

"I think I'm right in saying that he has attended every Derby for the last half century -, certainly Sea Bird made a lasting impression on him in 1965.

"He has long since lived in Newmarket, where his house is named after one of the greatest horses of the 19th century (Ormonde). In fact his home is next door to the church where Fred Archer was married and is within earshot of Tattersalls. He used to have his own personal vantage point there until a back injury curtailed that aspect of his job (sales reporting)."

Morris has been the Racing Post's bloodstock correspondent since it was founded in 1986 and his articles have become essential reading for all involved in the industry.





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