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Camelot named horse of the year at HRI awards

DUAL Derby winner Camelot was named horse of the year at the 10th annual Horse Racing Ireland awards ceremony which took place at Leopardstown racecourse on Monday afternoon.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt, who won three Classics in 2012, saw off stiff competition from the likes of Dawn Approach, Excelebration, Hurricane Fly, Quevega and Sizing Europe.

His regular rider Joeseph O'Brien won the Flat award at the ceremony while the jump award went the way of Davy Rusell.

Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of HRI said: "2012 has proved to be another excellent year for Irish trainers and jockeys both at home and abroad, with an impressive tally of eight Irish winners at Royal Ascot and four of the five major races falling to Irish raiders on British Champions Day.

"Cheltenham saw five Irish-trained winners and no less than 12 Irish-trained seconds, Irish jockeys won 22 of the 27 races and Irish-bred horses won 12 races including six of the Grade 1 contests.

"At this year's Melbourne Cup the first seven horses home were Irish-bred. Recognising and rewarding this success is of great importance to Horse Racing Ireland."

Flemenstar's trainer Peter Casey won the outstanding achievement award, the point-to-point award went the way of Colman Sweeney while Moyglare Stud won the contribution to the industry award.

Ballinrobe won the inaugural racecourse of the year award. The award was selected by the Racegoers Consultative Forum based upon the best all-round customer experience.

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