Greyhounds: Black wins Irish Personality award at Review launch.
FRASER BLACK was last night honoured as the Irish Greyhound Personality of the Year and accepted his award from Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism John O'Donoghue at a function at Shelbourne Park, writes Michael Fortune. It is the second time that Black has won the award, the previous time was back in 1993. In the voting, conducted among the Irish greyhound correspondents, Black came out ahead of Derby winning trainer Timmy O'Donovan, track and coursing Classic-winning trainer, Ger Holian, and Paul Hennessy.
In a memorable year for the Rathangan kennel, Black won the Totesport Scottish Derby with Droopys Marco and completed the Boylesports double, the Dundalk International and Champion Stakes, with Droopys Maldini. Indeed, Marco gave him a one-two in the Champion.
Both Marco and Maldini reached the final of the Paddy Power Irish Derby for a second year and filled the same second and fourth positions they had occupied in 2004.
The award is presented in conjunction with the launch of the 2006 Irish Greyhound Review Annual and another award handed out is the Stud Dog of the Year. This saw Top Honcho acclaimed as champion sire for a fourth successive year and he thus emulates Im Slippy, who was the only previous four-timer.
Michael and John Dunne were present to accept the award from Minister O'Donoghue and, for good measure, they also have the runner-up Honcho Classic.
Among Top Honcho's leading winners in a remarkable 2005 season were Derby winner He Said So, Easter Cup winner and English Derby finalist Mineola Farloe, Tote Gold Cup and Waterford Masters winner Tyrur Ted and Corn Cuchulainn winner De Eight Wonder.
This is the 28th year of the Irish Greyhound Review and it follows the traditional route, chronicling all the major happenings in 2005 and profiling many of the newsmakers such as the Derby-winning team of Timmy O'Donovan, Jim Hennessy and Michael O'Donovan, Classic-winning trainer Nicky Turner, leading owner and architect Seamus McCloskey and an industry profile courtesy of IGB CEO Aidan Tynan.
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Nov 15, 2005|
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