THE recently retired jump jockeys Ruby Walsh and Noel Fehily were honoured on Friday night at the McCoys, the awards which recognise excellence in jump racing.
Staged in Cheltenham Racecourse, the McCoys were established in 2017 and named in honour of Sir A.P. McCoy, the most successful jump jockey in the history of British jump racing.
Walsh was presented with the Outstanding Contribution award, while Fehily won the Judges Choice award. Walsh retired in May 1st at Punchestown after a stellar 24-year career. Like Walsh, Fehily bowed out with a winner on his final ride, which was at Newbury in March.
Altior was named Horse of the Season and his jockey Nico de Boinville picked up the Ride of the Season award for his effort on William Henry in the Coral Cup.
There was also a special ‘Horse Perfomance’ award for Tiger Roll, in recognition of his second Grand National success at Aintree.
Frequent Runner (under 40 runners) Jeremy Scott
Frequent Runner (over 40 runners) Colin Tizzard
Leading Owner (less than 3 horses) Mrs Patricia Pugh
Leading Owner (more then 3 horses) JP McManus
Leading Trainer (more than 40 horses) Paul Nicholls
Leading Trainer (less than 40 horses) Tom Lacey
Professional Jockey Richard Johnson
Conditional Jockey Bryony Frost
Amateur Jockey Mr Sam Waley Cohen
Novice Hurdler Dyliev (Caroline Bailey)
Hurdler Paisley Park (Emma Lavelle)
Novice Chaser Defi Du Seuil (Philip Hobbs, JP McManus)
Chaser Frodon (P Nicholls, Mr P J Vogt)
Stable Person of the Year Suzanne Lower (David Pipe)
Pony Racing Achievement Charlie Sprake
Horse Performance Tiger Roll - Randox Health Grand National
Ride of the Season Nico De Boinville - William Henry, Coral Cup
Outstanding Contribution Ruby Walsh
Horse of the Season Altior
Judges Choice Noel Fehily