HARRY de Bromhead was honoured by Tramore Racecourse with an Outstanding Achievement Award during the December meeting.
But before receiving his award he wanted to surprise former jockey, Paddy Kiely, who rode Banswara, which was trained by Harry and won the Waterford Crystal steeplechase at Tramore in 1978.
Unfortunately Paddy could not be present,t but John Kiely and Matt Kiely were there and were presented with two of glasses from the original set presented to Harry as trainer of the winner of the Waterford Crystal Steeplechase in 1978 .
Harry de Bromhead has been involved in racing for nearly 70 years. His first winner was Meadowlark which he both rode and trained to win in Galway in 1961. Harry collected the horse, owned by his aunt, and brought it by train to Waterford, then rode it home as there were no horse boxes in those days. Harry’s race weight for Meadowlark was 10st 2lbs and he went on a special diet and lost 17lbs in ten days.
Harry has a great love of Tramore racecourse having multiple winners there.