Seventeen years after being first honoured, Paul Hennessy has been named the Irish Greyhound Review Personality of the Year for a third time.
The vote, conducted among the leading greyhound media folk in Ireland, saw Hennessy emerge ahead of Derby winning trainer Pat Guilfoyle, treble winning classic trainer Graham Holland and Gerry Holian, the outstanding man up the field who trained litter brothers Reikers Island and Blades Of Fire to divide the Derby final at Powerstown.
Hennessy followed up his 2016 English Derby winning season by landing the BoyleSports Champion Stakes with Jaytee Yankee and the Racing Post International with Jaytee Jet while he also managed to get the veteran Jet through to yet another Derby final at Shelbourne in September.
In the twelve month period under review in the Annual he also won the Golden Vale Irish St Leger at Limerick with Priceless Brandy and the Comerford Cakes 525 at Shelbourne with Jaytee Samurai. In addition he won a number of other stakes as well as having finalists in most of the major competitions.
The Gowran trainer was previously successful in 2000 and in 2007 when he shared the award with his owner PJ Fahy after their Irish Derby 1-2 with Tyrur Rhino and Tyrur Laurel.
Pictured at the Launch of the 40th Edition of the Irish Greyhound Review were editor Michael Fortune, publisher Margaret Walsh, Paul Hennessy Personality of the Year, Phil Meaney Chairman IGB, Andrew Doyle Minister of State with special responsibility for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Sean Dunphy Stud Keeper of Droopys Scolari Stud Dog of the Year and Gerard Dollard CEO IGB. Pic: Imelda Grauer
SCOLARI THE TOP DOG – ON COUNTBACK!
For the second year in a row Droopys Scolari has been named the Stud Dog of the Year. Last year Scolari claimed the title for a first time, ahead of Kinloch Brae and Brett Lee.
This time he actually tied with the younger Tullymurry Act, ahead of the 2015 winner Kinloch Brae but got the decision on a “countback” system.
Droopys Scolari was a son of Droopys Kewell and Littlediamonduk and he stood with the Dunphy brothers in Portlaw. Among his feature winners were Jaytee Jet, Vivaro Swift, Cons Rex, Tucker Foley, Drive On Razer, Postman Sam, etc.
MINISTER LAUNCHES THE ANNUAL
Andrew Doyle, the Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, presented the Irish Greyhound Review Awards at Shelbourne Park last night and he also launched the 40th edition of the Irish Greyhound Review annual.
This year’s Annual follows the tried and trusted format of more recent years and provides detailed coverage of all the major events on the track and field.
In its 128 pages are interviews with Derby winning trainer Pat Guilfoyle and the dog’s breeder John Kennedy, classic winning brothers Lawrence and Brian Jones and a special section which deals with the young people making a move within the sport, the likes of Tom Buggy, Francie Murray, Margaret Bolton and Jack Buckley.
The annual will be available from all the leading newsagents as well as selected tracks.