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Dawalan wins Eclipse Award as top chaser
DAWALAN WITH ROSS GERAGHTY in the irons was the voters runaway choice as the 2015 Eclipse Award winner for steeplechase horse. - photo by Lindsay Jennings/C-I photo
There was no beating Dawalan in his final two starts over jumps in 2015 and there was no horse in front of him as the Irv Naylor-owned 5-year-old was voted the winner of the Eclipse Award as the champion steeplechase horse for 2015. When Dawalan charged to the front of the pack and went on to a 5 ¼-length victory in the $100,000 Marion DuPont Scott Colonial Cup in Camden last November, it sewed up the National Steeplechase Association’s Lonesome Glory Award as the circuit’s top earner for the season. Trainer Cyril Murphy accepted the award in Naylor’s behalf at Saturday’s 45th Annual Eclipse Awards Ceremony at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.