Pierce Flynn, Park Hotel presents the December Waterford Sports Star Award to Henry de Bromhead. Also included are Ger Lawton and Kieran O’Connor, adjudicators. Photo: Maurice Hennebry.
As judges we always love to see monthly award winners return year after year to collect more Park Hotel Waterford Sports Star Awards. Therefore it’s even nicer to see overall winners return and although it took him till the final month of the year, 2017 overall winner, Henry de Bromhead is back in the Park winners’ circle.
After training an incredible 16 winners in the month of December, there is no surprise that Knockeen trainer, Henry de Bromhead is the final Park Hotel Waterford Sports Star Award monthly winner for 2018.
The 2017 Park Hotel Overall Winner had an amazing final month of the year that included a treble at Thurles, doubles at Leopardstown, Naas and Down Royal, with four winners in all at the prestigious Leopardstown Christmas Festival and two winners at the Limerick Festival. It really was a wonderful month for Henry.
This is Henry’s eighth monthly Park Hotel award, which sees him take over from Tom Queally as the most prolific Horse Racing winner of all time in the awards scheme and he also joins Neil Gough as the joint third winning most monthly award winner behind Francis Connors and John O’Shea.
After winning the overall award last January, Henry is thrilled to be back in the reckoning for the overall awards night which takes place on January 19.
“Thankfully I just snuck in there at the end. Look we had a great December and it’s great to get the recognition locally by winning a Park Award.
“It was a great month and especially a great Christmas period and it’s brilliant for all the guys at home in the yard who work so hard and for all our owners who very kindly give us such great support.”
As if 16 winners for December wasn’t good enough, he went on to win the first race of 2019 in Ireland and the UK with Notebook at Tramore and then he went on to make it two winners for the New Year soon after when he and Rachael Blackmore made it a double on the day at his local track with Mormon.
“Yeah we’re absolutely delighted that Notebook was really good and got 2019 off to such a good start for us, Rachael gave him a great ride and it’s a great start for us here at our local track.”
2019 OFF TO A FLYER TOO
Then the first day of the New Year got even better with Mormon obliging at odds of 2/1. “Yeah Mormon ran really well. Rachael used different tactics on him and he was very good and I’m delighted with him.”
Henry was presented with his eighth monthly Park Hotel Waterford Sports Star Award by Park Hotel proprietor, Pierce Flynn at the New Year’s Day Races in Tramore. Adjudicators Kieran O’Connor and Ger Lawton were also in attendance.
This completes the list of 2018 Park Hotel Award winners. The full list is:
January – Jack O’Donoghue (Rugby)
February – Craig Breen (Rallying)
March – Alan Reynolds (Soccer)
April – Tom Carney, Tramore AFC Youths (Soccer)
May – Robin Dawson (Golf)
June – Kieran Jackson (Triathlon)
July Anthony Condon (Showjumping)
Andrew Goff (Rowing)
August – Thomas Barr (Athletics)
September Joe Gough (Athletics)
October Lee O’Connor (Soccer)
November Philip & Pauric Mahony (Hurling)
December Henry de Bromhead (Horse Racing).