Give Jockey Jack Your Vote For Outstanding Achievement At HRI Awards

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HRI Awards 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award Nominee Jack Kennedy Photo: Alain Barr

A KERRY jockey has been shortlisted in the 2017 Horse Racing Ireland Awards Outstanding Achievement category…and your vote can help him win it.

Jack Kennedy from Dingle has been nominated after his landmark year on the saddle.

Despite an injury-interrupted year, Jack Kennedy got to show the racing world his undoubted riding talents on more than one occasion last season with victory on Labaik in the Supreme Novice Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival at the age of just 17 one of many highlights.

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Outlander gave him two Grade 1 winners as the pair combined to win the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown and the Champion Chase at Down Royal, A Toi Phil won the Leopardstown Chase and the PWC Champion Chase at Gowran Park while Death Duty was another Grade 1 winner in the Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle at Naas.

Having been sidelined for a couple of months during the summer, Jack has regained the winning habit in recent weeks with notable wins on Clarcam (Fortria Chase), Mengli Khan (For Auction Novice Hurdle) and Apple’s Jade (Lismullen  Hurdle), all at Navan.

The winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award is voted on by the Irish racing media and the general public through the HRI website so click here and follow instructions.

Voting will remain open until 12noon on Friday December 1. The winner announced at the HRI Awards on Tuesday December 5 at Leopardstown Racecourse.

The other nominations in this category are jockeys Lisa O’Neill, Rachael Blackmore, Padraig Beggy and trainers Pat Kelly and Joseph O’Brien.


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