Limerick horse trainer Enda Bolger picked up the Point-To-Point Award at the 2015 HRI awards in Leopardstown this Monday.
The Bruree-based trainer was honoured following his clean sweep of the three main hunter chases at the big spring festivals with On The Fringe. Ridden by Nina Carberry, On The Fringe completed the Cheltenham and Aintree Foxhunters double and went on to win the Champion Hunter Chase at the Punchestown Festival.
Bolger’s talents lie not just with preparing horses for the point-to-point, hunter chase and cross country disciplines which he is so often associated with, as his Gilgamboa, scooped the Grade 1 Ryanair Novices’ Chase at the Fairyhouse Irish Grand National meeting when beating The Tullow Tank.
The winners of the 2015 Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) Awards were announced at Leopardstown Racecourse today, at a reception attended by many of the industry’s leading trainers, jockeys and owners. Guest of honour was Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine and Defence, Simon Coveney and guests were welcomed by Chairman of HRI, Joe Keeling.
The winners at the 13th annual awards ceremony were as follows:
•Point-To-Point Award: Enda Bolger
•Horse of the Year Award: Don Cossack and Faugheen (joint)
•National Hunt Award: Willie Mullins
•Flat Award: Pat Smullen
•Contribution to Industry Award: Des Scahill
•Outstanding Achievement Award: Jonathan Burke
•Racecourse of the Year Award: Leopardstown