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Camelot wins Horse of the Year

Leopardstown hosted the 10th annual Horse Racing Ireland Awards this afternoon.

MV Magnier (son of owner) Paul Smith (son of owner) trainer Aidan O’Brien and Leo Powell (Managing Editor The Irish Field). Credit: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

CAMELOT HAS BEEN named Horse of the Year at the Horse Racing Ireland Awards.

Ballydoyle’s three-year-old beat off competition from last year’s champion Hurricane Fly, Excelebration, Dawn Approach, Quevega and Sizing Europe to claim the accolade at the tenth annual ceremony at Leopardstown today.

As well as taking the Newmarket 2000 Guineas, Camelot won the Epsom Derby and the Irish Derby this year. MV Magnier and Paul Smith, sons of owners John and Derrick, joined O’Brien in collecting the award from Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney.

GoRacing.ie report O’Brien as saying: “He’s good. He had a colic, as everyone knows, but he’s in great order now and back cantering. He’s heavier now than he’s ever been before.

It looks like he’s physically done well from three to four, so if everything goes well next year we’ll look forward to him.”

Trainer Willie Mullins at the awards. Credit: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Davy Russell claimed the National Hunt award while Joseph O’Brien was the winner of the Flat prize. Peter Casey, trainer of Flemenstar, landed the Outstanding Achievement while Ballinrobe won Racecourse of the Year.

Davy Russell, winner of the National Hunt Award, with Coveney. Credit: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

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