ITHRF Annual Awards Night, Saturday 14th November 2015.

The ITHRF held their annual awards night at The West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen on Saturday 14th November last with a good crowd of all ages in attendance at the Trotting and Harness Racing “Oscars Night”.

With the Winter Road Racing season and The Summer Turf Harness Racing just past both were successful albeit the final two Summer meeting falling foul to the weather.

The Winter Season saw owner / trainer Jerimiah O' Mahony from Dunmanway having his best year. His pacer Meadowlands Falcon took the gong for Horse of the Year and O' Mahony also took the trainers award.

Jeremiah O' Mahony Winter Trainer and owner of Winter Horse of the Year Meadowlands Falcon.

Jeremiah O' Mahony (Centre) Winter Trainer and owner of Winter Horse of the Year Meadowlands Falcon receiving his award. L to R Dan & John O' Mahony, Con O' Sullivan ITHRF and Timmy O' Leary (Stable jockey and Driver).

David Brickley was once again crowned Male Jockey of the year with Dream Maker, Cams Decision and Meadowbranch McCoy contributing to his winning tally.

Winter Season Jockey of The Season David Brickley pictured with his wife Jennie and Con O' Sullivan Chairman ITHRF.

Female jockey went to Deirdre Goggin from Goleen a hugely popular figure on the circuit. Marie Moloney was runner up to Goggin.

Winter Season female jockey Deirdre Goggin with John Ryan and Carol Goggin at the ITHRF Awards night and Con O' Sullivan Chairman ITHRF.

The Summer Racing saw a welcome return to The “Cornfield Oval” In Manch probably one of the finest grass tracks in Ireland and The Red John O' Donovan Memorial Raceday was a poignant tribute to “Red John” who passed away tragically in January.

Cruise Howard was crowned Horse of the Year for owner Caroline O' Brien and wins included The George Deane Memorial and The PJ & Kathleen Memorial, both major handicaps on the West Cork racing Calendar.

Cruise Howard was crowned Horse of the Year for owner Caroline O' Brien at the ITHRF Awards night.

The Murphy family from Innisbeg in Baltimore were well represented in the awards list. Donal Murphy was winner of the Driver of The Year with his brother Tadhg taking the Trainers title.

ITHRF Driver of the Year Donal Murphy receiving his award from Con O' Sullivan Chairman ITHRF also included is Eilish Murphy.

Summer Season trainer Tadhg Murphy receiving his award from Con O' Sullivan Chairman ITHRF also included are Eoin & Christine Murphy.

The Le Trot series came to West Cork in 2015 and Silvano Bello was voted Trotter of the year in the region and is trained by the “Murphy Boys” who own him in partnership with Skibbeeren based Brian O' Neill a well known breeder of thoroughbreds and this is his first venture into harness racing.

Silvano Bello was voted Trotter of the year.

Veteran owner / trainer and driver John Boyle saw his Supreme Sunshine claim the Mare Of The Year Award and a rousing reception was given to this popular Doneraile Native.

Mare of The Year presentation to John and Shiela Boyle by Con O'Sullivan Chairman ITHRF.

Saddle Racing has always been important in West Cork and this year there was a ridden race for the pacers each race day. Shelley Brickley was female jockey while Luke Kelleher took the leading male pilot.

Shelley Brickley Leading Female Jockey Summer Season pictured with her parents David and Jennie, Con O'Sullivan Chairman ITHRF and Abbie Salter Townsend.

Luke Kelleher (centre) Summer Season male jockey receiving his award from Con O' Sullivan Chairman ITHRF (L to R) Aoibhe Creedon, Mike Kelleher and Abigail Kelleher.

The apprentice jockeys were also recognised for their endeavours Sean Twomey, Oisin Quill, Cian O' Reilly, Conor Hurley and Kate O' Leary all received a presentation.

The future of Harness Racing in Cork at the annual awards night at the West Cork Hotel Skibbereen.

Ringo Kid was saddle horse of the year and also won the Grand Prix in Ballabuidhe. Two new awards were presented this term. Baltimore which staged The All Ireland Road Racing Championship was the best Winter Meeting while Ballineen race Committee received the best Summer Meeting.

ITHRF followers are looking ahead to the start of the 2016 Winter Road Racing season with the St Stephens day fixture only a matter of weeks away. Following the awards revellers were treated to the music of Blackwater Sound.

By Tim Kelleher.

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