Pierce Flynn, Park Hotel presents the October Park Hotel Waterford Sportstar Award to Henry de Bromhead. Photo: Sean Byrne//Deise Sport.
On Sunday last at Navan Racecourse, County Meath trainer, Gordon Elliott won six of the seven races for a 41,277/1 six-timer. Willie Mullins, who has dominated Irish and English National Hunt racing for the past decade or so, saddled the other winner on the card.
The National Hunt season runs until the Punchestown Festival at the end of April next year but already Elliott has trained 114 winners (in Ireland alone) an has amassed prizemoney of over €1.7m. Willie Mullins, who by all accounts is having a quite season (most trainers would love to have on of his ‘quiet’ seasons) has rattled in 75 winners so far for prizemoney of over €1.36m.
These two are world leaders in their profession and the man that is miles clear of the rest of the Irish training field in third place on the trainers championship is Waterford’s own Henry de Bromhead. After the weekend he had trained 44 winners for the season and won prizemoney in excess of €768,000 and is nearly €350,000 clear of Noel Meade in fourth. He is also just five winners from surpassing the amount of winners (48) that he had for the whole of last season and we’re not yet in December.
The Knockeen trainer has had many great days and indeed many great months in training over the years but few if any to match the month of October just gone. Between Ireland and England he trained a wonderful 14 winners in the month.
This included two doubles. One at Tipperary, where Lion In His Heart and Killiney Court obliged and one at Punchestown, where Three Starts and Saddler’s Risk came home in front. He also had a brilliant one-two at Cheltenham where Heron Heights defeated stablemate Full Cry and he even had a rare winner on the flat when Gorane triumphed at Dundalk.
There is no surprise then that Henry is the Park Hotel Waterford Sports Star of the Month for October, it is Henry’s fifth monthly Park Hotel Award.
For the record the list of Park Award monthly winners so far for 2016 is:
January Jack O’Donoghue (Rugby)
February Hayley Fitzsimons (Paralympics)
March Joe Gough (Athletics) & Jim Dudley (Basketball)
April John Kiely (Horse Racing)
May Seamus Power (Golf)
June Robin Dawson (Golf)
July Austin Gleeson (Hurling)
August Thomas Barr (Athletics)
September Patrick Curran (Hurling)
October Henry de Bromhead (Horse Racing)