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The Irish Racing Yearbook 2006

WITH one Hennessy Gold Cup already in the bag, Trabolgan's owner Trevor Hemmings has spoken of his desire to win the Irish 'Hennessy' at Leopardstown.

In a rare interview published in The Irish Racing Yearbook 2006, Hemmings reveals his remaining ambitions to Colin Cameron, adding that the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Irish, Welsh and Scottish Nationals also remain high on his hitlist.

Discussing his love affair with Irish racing and breeding, Hemmings explains how Trabolgan is named after his holiday centre in Co Cork, and how the Willie Mullins-trained Hedgehunter realised a lifelong dream for the now 70-year-old owner by winning the Aintree Grand National.

In conjunction with Horse Racing Ireland, The Irish Racing Yearbook established the Irish Horse Racing Awards, to be presented this year on Monday, December 12th in Dublin. The Yearbook profiles all the nominees, several of whom are featured in the impressive publication.

The amazing campaign enjoyed by 2005 Gold Cup winner Kicking King is recalled in detail by trainer Tom Taaffe. Speaking to Tony O'Hehir, Taaffe talks of his pride in putting the family name back on the Cheltenham roll of honour.

In a very frank interview with Chris McGrath, would-be British champion flat jockey Robert Winston admits he has come close to throwing away his career in recent years. "I was young and I was seeing how far I could push it," says the 25-year-old, who promises to push Jamie Spencer and Frankie Dettori all the way for the 2006 title.

Winston's mentor Kieren Fallon graces the front cover of the Yearbook and, inside, the former champion tells Paul Haigh how he has settled in snugly at Ballydoyle. "This was the job I always wanted," he says. "They've got the best horses in the world. Anyone would want it."

Just published, The Irish Racing Yearbook 2006 surpasses all previous editions in size. As usual, the cream of racing writers in Ireland and Britain have contributed lengthy feature articles on the sport's leading personalities and horses.

An expanded breeding section includes comprehensive analyses of stallions retiring to stud in 2006, plus those horses due to have their first runners next year. Liam Cashman of Rathbarry Stud and bloodstock agent John Walsh pass on advice to breeders and those considering getting involved in the game.

The problem of weight control for jockeys continues to make headlines and, in an investigative piece by Richard Forristal, Turf Club Medical Officer Dr Walter Halley says that he is dealing with "retired jockeys who have major medical problems, having burned themselves up in the sauna over the years".

Other highlights include:
  • Sue Montgomery on the amazing start at stud made by Montjeu
  • Comprehensive racing statistics and fixtures
  • Alexis Murphy, General Manager of Tote Ireland, reveals plans to introduce the Scoop6 to Irish punters
  • Mick Kinane tips 10 horses to follow in 2006, headed by his Sussex Stakes winner Proclamation
  • Tom Costello reflects on some of the great chasers to have passed through his hands
  • A chance to win 1,000 in a postal quiz
  • Free racedays at Punchestown offer
  • Priced at 15.95, The Irish Racing Yearbook 2006 is available in all good newsagents.
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