Henry de Bromhead kicked off a memorable year with 12 wins in January, starting with doubles in Fairyhouse and Tramore before adding another double on Tyestes Day at Gowran, which included the capture of the feature event with ‘Champagne West.’
He finished the month with a Grade 1 double in Leopardstown.
Then in April he continued his brilliant run, training ‘Special Tiara’ to win the prestigious Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
In all, the Co. Waterford trainer claimed 80 wins over the course of the 2017 racing calendar.
Speaking to WLR’s Gavin Whelan at last night’s event, Henry paid tribute to all those working with him behind the scenes.
“I’m delighted for everyone at home,” he said, “it’s great recognition for all of us. When you see the calibre of people we were up against, as the evening went on I felt (the win) was getting less and less likely.”
“We’ve had a super year, great support from brilliant owners. We were very lucky to get great horses and we’re just trying to do as well as we can with them.”