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 Star: outstanding colt and his dam, Urban Sea, stole the limelight at the ITBA awardsPICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER
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.
|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|