Ballydoyle Honey was crowned IGB Bitch Of The Year at the National Greyhound Awards presentations in Limerick Stadium this evening.

It rounds off an amazing year for a bitch who has taken sport by storm. She started as she intended to go on in 2015, being crowned Clonmel Track Supporters Club and Redmills Open Unraced Winner in Febuary. Moving onto Shelbourne in May, she was crowned the Healthcare and Transport Services Puppy Oaks Winner as she produced one of her brilliant, breathtaking performances, to just get up under the shadow of the posts for victory.

CTSC & Redmills Unraced Stake Final
Healthcare and Transport Services Puppy Oaks

Moving into the summer and she was a warm favourite for the Sporting Press Irish Oaks from the offset. Going unbeaten through the competition, she was made to hard work in the Final but got up to win by three quarters of a length to be crowned Queen. She was then aimed at the Irish Derby but was eliminated at the Third Round Stage. A small rest before re-appearing on Derby Final night where she was majestic in roaring to a four length victory.

Sporting Press Irish Oaks
Irish Derby Final Bitches Open

Her next challenge was stepping up in trip, competing in the Billy Mulvaney Snr & Jnr Memorial 600. Despite being beat in the opening round, she still went inside the Track Record. She then went on to win the Semi Final and Final, comfortably by three and a half lengths. She wasn’t finished there and we returned to Shelbourne looking to complete the hat-trick of Oaks victories at the circuit, when she lined up in the Gain Dog Foods Christmas Oaks 525. Unbeaten throughout, she dipped under the magical 28 second barrier when she stopped the clock in 27.94 in the as she powered home to a length and half victory to complete the unprecedented hat-trick!

Ballydoyle Honey – Billy Mulvaney Snr & Jnr Memorial 600 Final
Gain Dog Foods Christmas Oaks

Honey has been phenomenal all year for everyone connected to her. Claiming 6 major honours during the course of the year, as well as dipping under the magical 28 seconds barrier twice and rattling the clock over 600yrds, she is truly deserving of this award and one that we are all extremely proud to accept.