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Mullins and Hurricane take top awards

By Tom Peacock

County Carlow handler Willie Mullins stole the show at the annual Irish Horse Racing Awards.

Ireland's champion jumps trainer took the National Hunt award for the third year running.

Hurricane Fly, whom he saddled to win a trio of Champion Hurdles at Leopardstown, Cheltenham and Punchestown, was also named horse of the year.

Top female jump jockey Nina Carberry was handed the outstanding achievement award. Her win in the Irish Grand National on Organisedconfusion was only the second victory for a woman rider in the prestigious chase.

Champion apprentice Joseph O'Brien took home the Flat Award after a superb season with 57 winners, including the Irish 2000 Guineas and Breeders' Cup Turf.

Dermot Weld was honoured with the contribution to the industry award for his role in the internationalisation of Irish racing.

Meanwhile Paul Nicholls has announced Noland as his replacement for Denman in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.

The Grade One on December 28 was the target for Denman until his retirement last week and Nicholls has asked owner John Hales to supplement Noland.

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