O'Neill wins top prize
John Oxx's long-serving assistant trainer Jimmy O'Neill last night walked away with cash prizes totalling €7,500 after being honoured with the Irish Racing Excellence Award.
O'Neill received a cheque for €5,000 for the overall prize at the Stud and Stable Staff Awards in Adare's Dunraven Arms Hotel. At a function sponsored by Godolphin, he was also presented with the Dedication to Racing award, worth €2,500.
In all, 10 accolades worth €70,000 were handed out, €5,000 of which will be shared between Oxx's employees thanks to O'Neill. There is €8,000 to be divvied up between Willie Mullins' staff, after Dick Dowling (head lad) and Sonny Carey (groom) each won their €5,000 categories.