KILLMACDONAGH NAMED SUPREME GREYHOUND

KILLMACDONAGH NAMED SUPREME GREYHOUND

Ian Fortune

Killmacdonagh was named the Supreme Greyhound of the Year, narrowly edging out the Derby champion Lenson Bocko, at the National Greyhound Awards on Sunday evening.   

Of course, Killmacdonagh also won Bitch of the Year after an exceptional year, in which she won the Sporting Press Irish Oaks, the Dundalk International, the Limerick Oaks and the Shelly Fennelly Memorial at Cork as well as reaching the final of the Boylesports Derby and the Cork Oaks.

Colm O'Rourke presents the Supreme Greyhound of the Year to William Hennessy owner of Killmacdonagh.  Also included are Ger Dollard CEO IGB, Frank Nyham Chairman IGB, Brian MacNeice, Wayne McCarthy and Aileen Lennon IGB and the Killmacdonagh Fan Club.               Pic: Imelda Grauer

BOCKO THE TOP DOG

It was no surprise to see Lenson Bocko claim the Dog of the Year award after racing to an incredible Derby victory, just a month after his second birthday.

He remains on target for a crack at the English Derby for which he is second favourite.

REDZER NAMED LEADING STAYER

The award for Marathon Greyhound of the Year went to Redzer Ardfert.

As well as setting a national record for 750yds and reaching numerous finals, he also created history by becoming the first Irish greyhound to win the UK St Leger. He also ended the year on a high, winning the Night of Stars 750.  

JET RETAINS HIS SPRINTING CROWN

Ardnasool Jet claimed a second Sprint Greyhound of the Year award.

 He retained his Irish Sprint Cup title, set new figures for the 350yd trip at Shelbourne Park and also won the Islandbridge Open Sprint in an injury interrupted year.

TAYLOR AN UNDOUBTED FUTURE STAR

Newinn Taylor, who last night completed an eight timer to maintain his unbeaten career record, won the Future Star Award.

The brilliant son of Droopys Buick won’t turn two until May but the manner in which he captured the O’Neills Dog Food Open Puppy 525 at the end of the year would suggest he could well be up for a nomination for Dog of the Year this time next year.

WEST THE TOP BROOD

Following the exploits of Grangeview Ten, Grangeview West and Salacres Punch amongst others, Portumna West was named the Brood Bitch of the Year, while Droopys Jet took the Stud Dog of the Year title.

Of course, he was the sire of Derby champion Lenson Bock, the aforementioned Sprinter of the Year Ardnasool Jet, the Kingdom Derby and Select Stakes winner Blue East and so many more top trackers.

There were also the three human winners and Fionnuala Moloney Carey, Paddy Merriman and Paddy McCormack were all on hand to accept their awards.