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Urban Sea takes centre stage at ITBA awards

OUTSTANDING broodmare Urban Sea took centre stage at Saturday's Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association awards held at the Heritage Golf & Spa Resort in Killenard, County Laois.

Sea The Stars - Investec Derby - June 2009 - Mick Kinane

Sea The Star: outstanding colt and his dam, Urban Sea, stole the limelight at the ITBA awards


The mare, who died in March after giving birth to a colt by Invincible Spirit, received the Special Achievement Award while her son Sea The Stars was an unsurprising choice to receive the award for three-year-old colt of 2009.

Bloodstock agent and breeder John O'Byrne received the Special Recognition award. Among the success stories on the track in 2009 who O'Byrne played a part in were Sussex Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes hero Rip Van Winkle, who he purchased for €170,000 at the SGA sale in Milan, and Jan Vermeer, whose dam, Shadow Song, he bought in 2005 for 74,000gns.

 Category  Horse  Breeder  Sponsor
Point-to-point horse For Bill Margaret Lacy Declan Landy Fencing
Small breeder Paco Boy Joan Browne Sean Barrett Bloodstock
Two-year-old filly Termagant Old Carhue Stud/Denis O'Flynn Irish National Stud
 wo-year-old colt St Nicholas Abbey Barton Bloodstock & Villiers Syndicate Arqana
Three-year-old filly Elusive Wave Pier House Stud/Brendan Morrin Goffs
Three-year-old colt Sea The Stars Sunderland Holdings Aga Khan Studs
Older horse Conduit Ballymacoll Stud Coolmore Stud
National Hunt young horse Dunguib Liam Meade Tattersalls Ireland
National Hunt novice chaser Cooldine & Sizing Europe Eleanor Hadden/Angela Bracken TRI
National Hunt hurdler Go Native P J Murphy Weatherbys Ireland GSB Ltd
National Hunt chaser Imperial Commander Owen Flynn DBS
Special recognition John O'Byrne  --- Kildangan Stud
Special achievement Urban Sea  --- ITBA/HRI



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