Stable staff from Jim Bolger’s yard in Carlow along with Kildare’s Michael Halford’s and Kevin Prendergast’s staff have been crowned inaugural Flat category winners of the Irish Thoroughbred Welfare Council best-turned out league.
Each yard wins €3000 to be divided out amongst the staff.
The Flat league which started at the Curragh on March 21 and concluded at Laytown Races on Monday, November 1, saw racetracks record their best-turned out winners.
Each best-turned-out winner across participating racecourses was aggregated and the yards were categorised by their number of runners in the season.
With 83 best-turned-out horses from 318 runners at the participating tracks, staff from Jim Bolger’s yard, in Coolcullen in Co Carlow, won category A.
Staff from Michael Halford’s yard on the outskirts of Kildare town claimed category B with 55 best-turned-out winners from 168 runners.
Kevin Prendergast’s team from his Curragh-based yard had 21 best-turned-out winners from 57 runners, to win category C.