Aidan O'Brien officially picked up his latest Irish Flat trainers' title at the 10th annual Horse Racing Ireland Awards at Leopardstown.
The master of Ballydoyle enjoyed another multiple Group One-winning year, highlighted by the exploits of Camelot, who went in search of the Triple Crown and came up just short in the Ladbrokes St Leger following wins in the Qipco 2000 Guineas and Investec Derby.
Sandwiched between those runs was victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh.
O'Brien said: "We're very lucky to be the small part of the team we are. I can't tell you how privileged we feel to be that small part.
"It (this season) went great and we were very lucky Camelot came along and he was a big part of it.
"It was a little bit slow in the middle of the season as the ground got very soft, but the horses started off very well and they finished well too.
"Camelot is a very unique horse, we think. He's one of those special horses that comes along once in a lifetime. We were so lucky to have him. It was 10 years since we won the Epsom Derby and he won the Guineas, so we weren't sure he was going to be able to get a mile and a half."
O'Brien also had the pleasure of seeing his son, Joseph, partner Camelot to his Classic successes and witnessing the 19-year-old be crowned champion Flat jockey in Ireland for the first time.
O'Brien has been champion trainer continuously since 1998, but the achievement of the pair in winning both titles was the first time a father and son had been crowned since 1916.
He added: "We're part of a big team and Joseph is a big part of that now. It's great we can all work together and I can't tell you how privileged we feel."
13 May 2013Fabre confirms Ocovango for Epsom
Aspect on route to big things
Room at the top for Cityscape
Freedom steps into chasing ranks
Lucky thirteen in line for Lockinge
Galway beckons for Swinton hero
Sajjhaa set for late return
Cadeaux thriving in Singapore
Pink primed for Duke Of York
Liber takes aim at Musidora
Battle won for O'Brien
Pretending the real deal
Duntle back to winning ways
Classic glory for Flotilla
Style wins the day in Paris
Highclere double-handed for Dante
Cornerstone plans up in the air
Beckett planning Gesture workout
12 May 2013No hurry for Jammy plans
Guest in hunt for more Ascot glory
Vow set for Goodwood return
Gold-en boy Anodin in Classic hunt
Buick aiming for French strike
Angel flies home to land Chartwell
Barizan bounces back in style
Queally lights up Ascot meeting
Ektihaam storms to Buckhounds win
Nevis takes depleted Trial contest
Hard-fought battle won at Haydock
Secret impresses in Oaks Trial
Ascot drama for Fanning
11 May 2013Felix foot-perfect on fencing debut
Cavalryman leads Cup charge
Ramsa ready to stand Trial
Duntle out to dazzle in Amethyst
Swift return doesn't bother Moran
Garman gives Bolger hope
Henderson: Ground vital for Voice
McMahon sweet on Tart Ascot claims
Murphy to move to France
Athos flies to Ormonde glory
Dee day for impressive Magician
Kingdom confirmed for Queen Anne
Secret's out for Lingfield glory
Lambe expects good run from Hall
Marengo ready to do battle
Greatwood on trial at Lingfield
Barizan sneaks into Swinton
Jamesie gunning for Vic-tory
10 May 2013Telescope focus is on Dante
Blinkers considered for Guarantee#
Bonfire camp bemoan Huxley flop
Moohaajim has six appeal
Ascot welcomes a couple of Guests