In a year, which produced many top-class performances by Yorkshire-trained horses, Quiet Reflection wins the accolade of ‘Yorkshire Horse of the Year’ at the 2016 ‘Go Racing in Yorkshire’ Annual Awards Lunch held at York racecourse.
The ‘Yorkshire Horse of the Year’ Award is judged by a panel of racing journalists and aficionados, is presented to the connections of the horse which has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of racing in the county.
The Karl Burke trained filly, owned by the Ontoawinner Syndicate, Strecker and Burke, was ridden by Dougie Costello, she posted four wins from six in 2016.
SKY BET TROPHIES FOR YORKSHIRE’S BEST ON FLAT AND OVER JUMPS
The Sky Bet Trophies for the leading trainer and jockey on the Yorkshire racecourses during the 2016 Flat season went to Richard Fahey and PJ McDonald with 80 and 47 winners respectively on the county’s tracks this year. Malton-based Fahey is the top trainer on the Yorkshire racecourses. Yet again this year no other trainer could get close to him, Mark Johnston was in second place with 49 winners. PJ takes the title with an impressive year in Yorkshire, also winning the leading rider at the GRIY Summer Festival. Both titles were hard fought, with Paul Mulrennan chasing him right to the wire for the Yorkshire title and Franny Norton forcing a final day showdown at the Summer Festival.
The Sky Bet Trophies presented to the top trainer and jockey on the trio of Yorkshire racecourses which staged Jump racing during the 2015/16 campaign was won by trainer Alan King and jockey Danny Cook. Both were won by a nose with Alan clinching victory with his first ever winner at Catterick and Danny winning on countback after tying with two others at the top.
ROWAN SCOTT IS THE YORKSHIRE FUTURE STAR
Rowan Scott steamed home to win the Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars Apprentice Series. Based with Yorkshire trainer Anne Duffield, Scott has had his best ever season.
TOM O’RYAN HONOURED WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
For all the highs in Yorkshire racing this year there was one significant low with the loss of Tom O’Ryan. Tom passed away after a short battle with cancer in August. Tom’s dedication and constant contribution to racing in Yorkshire, from his exceptional journalism to his personable and knowledgeable coaching, was honoured with a lifetime achievement award. He is and always will be sadly missed.