Turf Club pay tribute to Dermot Weld
Updated: Sunday, 06 Jan 2013 19:07
For his contribution to racing and to the many successes at home and abroad, Dermot Weld has been honoured by the Turf Club at the annual Moyglare Dinner held in the K Club.
A presentation was made to the Rosewell House handler by by Turf Club senior steward Roderick Ryan along with Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, who was guest of honour at the Moyglare Dinner on Saturday evening.
In making the award Mr Ryan said that Dermot Weld was a man who not alone has made a huge contribution to Irish racing over many years, but who has left an indelible mark on the sport of horse racing internationally.
He said that Mr Weld is not only one of Ireland’s greatest ever trainers, with an extraordinary tally of more than 3,000 winners, but he is also one of the most travelled trainers having trained horses who have been big-race winners on four continents.
A specialist at longer distance flat races, although he also trains horses over the jumps, Dermot Weld has won every Irish Classic - including six St Legers, and a record four in succession with Vinnie Roe.
His British trophy cabinet includes the 2000 Guineas, the Oaks, the Ascot Gold Cup, the Ribblesdale Stakes, the Cesarewitch and, the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham. He has also trained Perris Valley to win an Irish Grand National.
A regular winner in the United States, he is the only European trainer to win a leg of the American Triple Crown, with Go And Go in the 1990 Belmont Stakes.
He was also the first European to train the winner of Australia’s prestigious Melbourne Cup winning that race twice with Vintage Crop in 1993 and Media Puzzle in 2002. His 3,000th winner came in February 2005 when King Jock won in Dubai.
Despite all his international successes Mr Ryan said that Dermot Weld is probably most famous in Ireland for his incredible run of wins at the Galway Festival, a meeting he is synonymous with and where in 2011 he trained a remarkable 17 winners.
Mr Ryan noted that his successes showed no sign of slowing down with 2012 proving to be another exceptional year particularly in the UK where he had a memorable QIPCO British Champions Day winning both the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup with Rite Of Passage and the QIPCO British Champions Fillies And Mares Stakes with Sapphire.