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Dorgan named Irish small breeder of the year

JOHN Dorgan, breeder of last season's Arkle and John Smith's Maghull Novices Chase hero Tidal Bay, received the 2008 Weatherbys Ireland/Farmers Journal Small Breeder of the Year Award at the Killashee House Hotel in Naas on Wednesday.

The award, which is restricted to breeders with no more than five registered broodmares, was preceded by 12 monthly prizes. Dorgan received a mare and foal bronze and a cheque for €3,000 in recognition of his achievement.

"In Ireland we have a diverse breeder base with the majority of breeders having one or two broodmares and contributing significantly to the Irish bloodstock industry," said Joe Kiernan, chief executive of Weatherbys Ireland.

"We are pleased to be associated with awards to mark their achievements on the flat and over jumps, in conjunction with our co sponsors the Farmers Journal."

Dorgan, who is based in County Cork, owns two broodmares while his son, Declan, is the owner of a winning sister to Tidal Bay named Acoola.

Tidal Bay, whom Dorgan sold for Ir5,800gns at the 2001 Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Foal Sale, is one of three winners out of June's Bride, an unraced daughter of Le Moss who died in 2005.

To date, the son of Flemensfirth has won ten of 18 starts, including three black-type events, and over £280,000 in prize-money.






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