British bred success celebrated at TBA National Hunt Awards

May 21, 2018 |

British bred success during the 2017-18 National Hunt racing season was recognised at the TBA’s NH Celebration Dinner in Doncaster on Monday, 21 May.

A total of ten awards were presented to breeders at the Goffs UK sponsored event in the Mount Pleasant Hotel.

Cue Card’s exceptional career was acknowledged with the evening’s Special Award (Eric Gillie Ltd Trophy) for his breeder Rowland Crellin. The 12 year-old gelding’s race record included nine Grade 1 wins and over £1.4 million in prize money.

For the second year running, Sizing John won the Leading Chaser award (Overbury Stud Trophy), for breeders Bryan and Sandra Mayoh. The Midnight Legend gelding added to his Grade 1 tally, with victory in the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown in December last year.

2018 Cheltenham Festival winner Presenting Percy earned his breeder, Preston Lodge Stud, the Highflyer Trophy for Leading Novice Chaser. The seven-year-old gelding by Sir Percy won the G1 RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase by seven lengths under his regular rider Davy Russell.

Santini and Sam Spinner won the Leading Novice Hurdler (Distillery Stud Trophy), and Leading Hurdler (Shade Oak Stud Trophy), respectively for their breeders. The Yorton Stud Trophy for Leading NH Flat Horse was won by the five-year-old Black Sam Bellamy gelding Kateson for breeder David Richards and partners.

Owner-breeder Mrs Caroline Beresford-Wylie won the Mickley Stud Trophy (Leading Hurdles Mare), for her seven-year-old mare Colin’s Sister. The Fergal O’Brien trained daughter of Central Park doubled her Grade 2 victory tally with a win in the Bet 365 Hurdle (West Yorkshire Hurdle), at Wetherby in November.

The Beech Tree Stud Trophy for Leading Chase Mare was awarded to Lady Buttons’ breeders Keith and Jayne Sivills. The eight-year-old mare has recorded eight racecourse victories including two chase wins within the last season.

David and Kathleen Holmes presented the Midnight Legend Trophy (Leading NH Flat Mare), to Robert Abrey and Ian Thurtle for their homebred Midnightreferendum. Whilst another daughter of Midnight Legend (Midnight Tune), won the Leading Novice Hurdles Mare (Birch Farm Stud & DGS Transport Trophy) for breeder Paul Brewer.

TBA Chief Executive Claire Sheppard said: “The TBA NH Celebration Dinner continues to grow in popularity each year and quite rightly recognises the continually improving quality of British NH bloodstock. The TBA has been supporting domestic NH breeding with industry initiatives such as the Elite Mares Scheme and NHMOPS and it is great to see these are now yielding results.

“I would like to thank all of our event supporters including those who attended, our trophy sponsors, and Nick Luck and Racing UK. Also with special thanks to Goffs UK for continuing their sponsorship of the NH Celebration Dinner on the eve of their Spring Store Sale.”