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Roll of Honour: 1976-79

1976

 
The riders table below is not complete. The winner and runner up are correct and it contains a selection of people who rode winners during the year. We hope in time to be able to complete the table.

RIDERS TABLE
 
23    Ann Ferris
17    R. Barry
16    T.M. Walsh
12    C.P. Magnier,
9      N. Dee, I.J. Keeling,
7      R. Nicholson, J. O’Callaghan,
6      J. Fowler, T. O’Callaghan,
5      T.A. Jones
4      T.Kinane jnr
3      P. Fanning, D. Hassett, P.J. Healy, R. Martin, C. Ross
2      A. Evans, J. Gleason, W.M. Halley, I. Kingston, J.J. Mangan, J. Queally, R. Steele,
1      F. Fitzimons, W. Flavin, P. Hassett, L. Hayes, N. Madden, C. Mahon, A. Murdoch, H. O’Callaghan, A. Powell, J.F. Sleator, Rosemary Stewart, P. Taaffe, W. Vance
 
SUMMARY

• Ladies were to the fore in ’76 when Ann Ferris scored 23 times to take the title. A daughter of Willie Rooney and sister of another leading lady Rosemary Stewart Ann was 6 clear of R.Barry
• A. Powell has his first winner. Enjoyed much success as a professional aboard Maid Of Money and Opera Hat before being tragically killed before embarking on a training career in 2003
 
1977
 
The riders table below is not complete. The winner and runner up are correct and it contains a selection of people who rode winners during the year. We hope in time to be able to complete the table.
 
RIDERS TABLE
 
17  N. Dee, Rosemary Stewart
10  J. Queally
9    N. Madden
8    P.J. Casserly, T.M.Walsh
7    L. Hayes, I.J. Keeling,
6    T.A. Jones, T. O’Callaghan
5    T. Busteed, J. O’Callaghan,
4    Ann Ferris, J.R. Fowler, T. Kinane jnr, W.P. Mullins,
3    Mrs H Ferris, J.J. Mangan
2    A. Evans, D. Kiely, C.P. Magnier, A. Murdoch, J. Sleator, V. Wilson.
1    J R Bryce-Smyth, I. Buchanan, A. Buller, R. Hurley, M. McElhone, Hugh Ferguson, S. Finn, A. McNamara, M. Phillips, M. Riordan, C. Ross, C. Vaughan
 
SUMMARY

• A tie for the title in ’77. Nicky Dee scored 17 times but could still only split the top award with Rosemary Stewart. Stewart is a sister of the ’76 winner Ann Ferris and both are daughters of Willie Rooney who last took the title in 1960. Rosemary was the third family member in 17 years to take the award. A wonderful achievement.
• W.P. Mullins took 4 winners. A top class amateur he rode 40 pointing winners. On the track he was an Irish Champion and is the son of top Irish trainer Paddy. As a trainer he has enjoyed much success with horses such as Florida Pearl and Alexander Banquet.
• M. Phillips takes his first winner in ’77 with 140 more to follow.
• Top Northern amateur Ian Buchanan scores his first winner when Poker Dot wins at the Mid Antrim fixture at Ballymena on the 26th March. Ian was the Northern title holder on four occasions.
 
 1978
 
The riders table below is not complete. The winner and runner up are correct and it contains a selection of people who rode winners during the year. We hope in time to be able to complete the table.
 
RIDERS TABLE
 
18    T. O’Callaghan
12    N. Dee, L. Hayes.
11    J. Queally,
10    T.M. Walsh
9      J.R. Fowler, C.P. Magnier,
8      T.A. Jones, T .Kinane jnr, Rosemary Stewart,
6      T. Busteed, Ann Ferris, I.J. Keeling, N. Madden, G. Mernagh, W.P. Mullins
5      I. Duncan, J.J. Mangan, J. Mernagh
4      R. Hurley, R. Martin, M. O’Prey
3      P.J. Healy, Mrs H Ferris, D. Kiely, A. Ross
2      F. Codd, P. Fanning, D. Hassett, M.J. Murphy, V. O’Brien, J. O.Callaghan, J. Sleator
1      B. Bourns, M. Brassil, K. Carberry, R. Carmichael, P. Doyle, Ros Easom, A. Evans, J. Gleason, B. Kelly, S. Finn, F. Fitzimons, R. Kidd, T. McKeag, K. Morgan, A. Powell, M. Sleator, M. Winters,
 
SUMMARY

• T. O’Callaghan gets his turn on top of the pile in ’78. 18 winners left him 6 in front of N.Dee and L.Hayes. Timmy only took the one title but was a leading pointing rider of the time riding 174 winners in total.
• A new name to the list was G.Mernagh. Now with Tattersalls and a turf club steward he went on to take 27 winners before riding as a professional in England with success including on Auntie Dot.
• R. Hurley enters the fray with 4 winners. A leading rider primarily with P.P.Hogan he rode many of the great horses of the region and was a master banks rider. Roger rode 112 winners before his retirement in 2000.
• K. Morgan scores once. Later a professional with Jim Dreaper riding Carvills Hill among others.

1979
 
The riders table below is not complete. The winner and runner up are correct and it contains a selection of people who rode winners during the year. We hope in time to be able to complete the table.
 
RIDERS TABLE
 
13    T. Kinane jnr, M. Sleator
12    L. Hayes, J. Sleator
11    N. Dee
10    N. Madden, J.J. Mangan, J. Queally,
9      J. Fowler, I.J. Keeling,  W.P.Mullins
7      P.J.Healy
6      Rosemary Stewart,
5      Ann Ferris, T.A. Jones, C.P. Magnier, T. O’Callaghan,
4      B. Murphy, P.M.J. Doyle, I. Duncan, B. Sheridan,
3      T. Busteed, J.J. Costello, S. Finn
2      A. Evans, P. Larkin
1      T.A.Carberry, P. Dempsey, T. Dempsey, F. Fitzimons,  D. Hassett, L. Lennon, P. Kelly, L. Keogh, G. Mulcaire, M. Lynch, A.J. McNamara, A. Powell, W.J. Vance, C. Vaughan,
 
SUMMARY

• T. Kinane jnr & M.Sleator come out on top in ’79 in a great battle with L.Hayes and J.Sleator. Althugh not a high scoring year the 13 winners were enough for another Kinane & Hayes to prove successful in the saddle. There is divided opinion in old records as to who actually won this title so until we can settle the issue we have given both riders the credit.  His father Tommy snr was a top NH jockey while his brother M.J. is one of the finest flat riders of all time.
• M. Lynch entered the list in ’79. Martin was subsequently a successful professional. He rode horses such as Nick The Brief and later trained Colonel Yeager.
• T A Carberry registers one winner. A brother of the top jockey at the time Tommy and uncle of top current rider Paul

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