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Ballydoyle team sweep Derby Awards.

THE odds-on favourites prevailed in both racing codes as Ballydoyle enjoyed a clean sweep on the Flat and Nicholashayne left the opposition toiling over jumps at the 35th annual Derby Awards.

Aidan O'Brien and Michael Kinane took the top Flat trainer and jockey awards following their season of rivalry with Godolphin.

Martin Pipe and Tony McCoy got the same double up as they continue to carry all before them on the National Hunt scene.

Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor took the owners' prize for good measure as the press left little doubt about who was clear of the field as far as they were concerned, at the Horserace Writers And Photographers Association function which was supported by Blue Square at London's Royal Lancaster Hotel.

O'Brien was crowned champion Flat trainer in both England and Ireland thanks to such superstars as his three-year-old Galileo, who added the Budweiser Irish Derby and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes to his Vodafone Derby triumph at Epsom.

The quietly-spoken Irishman handled his dual Derby and King George victor for Magnier and Tabor.

Kinane rode the colt to each of his five wins in 2001.

Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin brainchild - involving jockey Frankie Dettori and trainer Saeed bin Suroor - was overlooked in the awards, despite the victories of Sakhee in the Prix de l'Arc de TriompheLucien Barriere and Fantastic Light in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

Also out of luck today were the 'smaller' operations of Milton Bradley - responsible for prolific winning sprinters such as Brevity - Norman Mason and Richard Guest who combined their talents to help Red Marauder plough through the Aintree mud and win a memorable Grand National.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 11, 2001
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