Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum has joined some off the most famous names in international horse racing with his election to the Irish
Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Hall Of Fame.
Sheikh Mohammed was praised as a “a loyal friend and benefactor to the whole Irish industry” something that was reflected throughout the night.
New Approach, which he now owns, was voted two-year-old of the year for 2007 and the Epsom Derby winner Authorized, which has also joined Sheikh Mohammed’s stallion team was the top three-year-old.
On a night when opinions were forthrightly aired, pedigree researcher Fran O’Sullivan, received the award for outstanding industry contribution, suggested horses with “foreign pedigrees” should be excluded from Ireland’s breeding programme.
All the ITBA Award Winners
Two-year-old colt - New Approach
Three-year-old filly - Peeping Fawn
Three-year-old colt - Authorized
Older horse - Dylan Thomas
Stallion - Acclamation
Broodmare - Park Breeze
Hall of Fame - Sheikh Mohammed
Extract by Mike Hedge from Stallions Daily Bulletin