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  • Vintage Crop14/07/2014Vintage Crop, winner of the 1993 Melbourne Cup died Sunday July 13th. A glorious and pioneering racing career in the colours of Dr Michael Smurfit and under the expert guidance of DK Weld was followed by a long retirement at the Irish National Stud. John Osborne, CEO of the Irish National Stud said: Vintage Crop was a true equine celebrity, a horse who pioneered the concept of truly global competition when he travelled from the Curragh to Flemington to win the Melbourne Cup, the richest race in Australia. The scale of that achievement is revealed by the number of horses who have since tried and come up short. He was a great feature of our visitor experience here at The Irish National Stud, his story was told to hundreds of thousands, who saw him as a true warrior. He was lovingly cared for here by Annette Boland and Fiona Doggett and will be missed by us all.

  • Charmed Run for Invincible Spirit Colt at Chantilly!14/07/2014Charm Spirit brought Invincible Spirit’s Individual Group 1 Winners' tally to ten this afternoon when he took the Prix Jean Prat over a mile at Chantilly. Settled in fourth under Olivier Peslier for most of the contest the colt, who had previously finished fifth in the Gr.1 2000 Guineas and had won a Group 3 over course and distance last month, enjoyed a charmed run when the race began in earnest.

  • INS Graduates Celebrate their Independence!09/07/2014It was perhaps fitting that the 2014 Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding and Management Course Graduation took place on the fourth of July; Independence Day as the 2014 graduates are now independent of the Irish National Stud and set to explore pastures new!

Invincible Spirit bay 1997, by Green Desert – Rafha (Kris)Fee: €70,000

Winner of 7 races and €379,275 from 2 to 5 years (6f)

Won HAYDOCK SPRINT CUP Gr.1
Haydock, 6f beating 5 Gr.1 winners Malhub, Continent, May Ball, Mount Abu, Landseer, etc.

Won AON MACDONAGH BOLAND STAKES Gr.3
Curragh, 6f in Track Record time of 1 min. 8.1 seconds beating Toroca, Sartorial, etc.

Won DUKE OF YORK STAKES Gr.3
York, 6f beating Continent, Reel Buddy, Bahamian Pirate, etc.

Won HACKWOOD STAKES L
Newbury, 6f beating Superstar Leo, by 1½ lengths

Won RIPON CHAMPION TROPHY STAKES L
Ripon, 6f by 1½ lengths, beating Khasayl

Won CONDITIONS STAKES
Goodwood, 6f beating Haydock Sprint Cup Gr.1 winner Tamarisk, etc.

Won SELSEY MAIDEN STAKES
Goodwood, 6f by 1½ lengths

Charmed Run for Invincible Spirit Colt at Chantilly!

14/07/2014

Charm Spirit brought Invincible Spirit’s Individual Group 1 Winners' tally to ten this afternoon when he took the Prix Jean Prat over a mile at Chantilly. Settled in fourth under Olivier Peslier for most of the contest the colt, who had previously finished fifth in the Gr.1 2000 Guineas and had won a Group 3 over course and distance last month, enjoyed a charmed run when the race began in earnest.

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Invincible Spirit Colt Crowned King of Royal Ascot

17/06/2014

The score was 1-1 between Kingman and Night of Thunder going into today’s bout in the St. James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and the race was set up to determine 2014’s top 3 year old miler. Richard Hughes set steady fractions from the front on the Newmarket 2000 Guineas winner and turning for home he tried to stretch the field. Kingman was still cruising on the outside however and he showed a deft turn of foot to take the race impressively by 2 ¼ lengths.

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Invincible Spirit Colt Crowned at the Curragh!

26/05/2014

Kingman reigned supreme in the 2000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday as he dispatched of his high class rivals with the greatest of ease. The field was brought along by Newmarket 2000 Guineas fourth Shifting Power while Kingman was waited with in mid-division. The Invincible Spirit colt out of French 1000 Guineas scorer, Zenda cruised into contention 2 furlongs from home and ran on to a five length victory from Shifting Power with the minimum of fuss.

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Invincible Spirit Colt Smashes Arqana Record!

12/05/2014

An Invincible Spirit Colt breezed to an amazing price of €750,000 on Saturday when Nicolas de Watrigant of Mandore International purchased the precocious two year old. It is a record price for a breezer at the Saint-Cloud Breeze-Up Sale with the previous high being paid at last year’s sale when Marco Botti went to €520,000 for a son of Sea the Stars.

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Our Head of State visits the Irish National Stud

05/02/2014

On Monday 3rd February, all of the team here at the Irish National Stud were delighted to welcome His Excellency, The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina. On arrival, President Higgins and his wife were greeted at the Japanese Gardens Entrance by our CEO, John Osborne. President Higgins was introduced to the tourism staff and a selection of distinguished guests including our Board Members.

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Moonlight in Six for Sha Tin Showdown

05/12/2013

The incredible daughter of Invincible Spirit is set to make her start from stall six on Sunday evening as she goes in search of yet another Group 1 win in the Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin.

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Moonlight among the Stars in Cartier Awards

13/11/2013

Moonlight Cloud once again made light work of some tough competition last night when she claimed the Cartier Older Horse of the Year Award.

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Cloud Lights up Longchamp!

07/10/2013

The daughter of Invincible Spirit was anchored at the back of the field under a jockey at the top of his game; Thierry Jarnet and he oozed confidence as he sat ten lengths back from the lead coming into the final furlong.

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Invincible Spirit stock in demand

07/10/2013

Invincible Spirit had another stellar sale with 9 lots sold at Goffs Orby for an aggregate of €1,577,000, an average of €175,222 and a median of €120,000.

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Magic Moonlight

12/08/2013

One week after defeating Europe’s top sprinters in a record-breaking Prix Maurice de Gheest, the brilliant daughter of Invincible Spirit put Europe’s best milers to the sword in the Prix Jacques le Marois over the straight mile at Deauville for what was undoubtedly one of the best races of the season so far.

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Moonlight Cloud Best in Europe

06/08/2013

Moonlight Cloud is now officially the highest rated female in Europe after Sunday's triumph in the Larc Prix Maurice de Gheest.

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Stakes Treble for Invincible Spirit

08/07/2013

“She is a dream to train and is all class,” Moonlight Cloud’s trainer Freddy Head said.

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Osblog 31 - Prices to Pay

15/11/2012

In 2010 we announced our fees in early October and were first out. We said we wouldn’t let that happen again, so this year we waited until November 3rd and we were still one of the first out in what is becoming quite a game of chicken! Rather than finding our prices undercut, we’ve actually noticed some inflation, and thus can justifiably declare that our stallions represent outstanding value.

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Rosdhu Queen wins Cheveley Park Stakes

01/10/2012

Rosdhu Queen (Invincible Spirit ex Green Minstrel) maintained her unbeaten record when landing the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday for trainer William Haggas and owner Steve Parkin (Clipper Logistics). This is the second Cheveley Park Stakes win for her sire Invincible Spirit after Hooray in 2010.

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Moonlight Cloud Shines in Moulin

17/09/2012

Moonlight Cloud picked up her third Group 1 when winning the Prix du Moulin yesterday at Longchamp for trainer Freddie Head and owner breeder George Strawbridge. The Invincible Spirit filly will now be aimed at the Breeders Cup Mile.

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Osblog 25 - Summer

07/09/2012

Summer is here, trouble is it’s September. A long dull blur has disappeared to reveal that the sky is still actually blue. We have a significant tourism business here and the visitor numbers are about level with last year which is satisfactory with national numbers down and the dreaded weatherman suggesting everybody stay indoors. It is no coincidence that the Summer blockbuster should be called “Fifty Shades of Grey”.

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Osblog 24 - France

28/08/2012

Whenever an untried horse can be valued in seven figures as at Deauville 2012 it can seem like all is well. In a world turned upside down, this industry is lucky to attract that kind of investment. I was reminiscing with Jocelyn de Moubray about the strength relatively of the market in the early eighties, and when the values are updated to today, the bloodstock market has never soared that high since.

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Osblog 21 - TV

07/08/2012

The Olympics are in full swing and the reach is astounding. One fact which beats all is the 250,000 applicants to volunteer to help in any capacity. Apparently 70,000 were chosen and they are deployed everywhere along the visitor routes and at every juncture to try to ensure that the games are safe, smooth and enjoyable for all.

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Moonlight Cloud wins back to back editions of the Prix Maurice de Gheest

07/08/2012

Moonlight Cloud made all in the Prix Maurice de Gheest on Sunday 5th August and took the race in emphatic style mirroring her win 12 months previously. The daughter of Invincible Spirit soon put daylight between herself and the rest of the field winning by an impressive five lengths.

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Osblog 20 - Summer

30/07/2012

The week culminated in another Group 1 win for Invincible Spirit when Mayson became his second July Cup winner, and by a wide margin.

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Mayson makes all to win the Gr.1 July Cup

16/07/2012

Mayson became Invincible Spirit's 16th Stakes winner this year when he made all to win the Gr.1 Darley July Cup by five lengths at Newmarket on Saturday the 14th July for Owner Breeders David and Emma Armstrong. This is the second time a produce of Invincible Spirit has won the July Cup after Fleeting Spirit in 2009.

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Osblog 15 - Lester

30/05/2012

They were wrong when they said you should not meet your heroes. Lester was here this week and it was great to meet him. His picture is on our wall at home and the memories are clearer of The Minstrel than of many more recent events. The victory of Royal Academy at the Breeders Cup remains one of the greatest moments in sport for me, capturing the brilliance of MV O’Brien and the supremacy of L Piggott. Over lunch, more of the talk was of the future and the hopes for Vow in the Oaks. We enjoy a sport which constantly promises bright future.

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French in good Spirits

29/08/2011

Invincible Spirit starts off the season with a first day sale topper at Deauville

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Moonlight Bright

07/07/2011

Invincible Spirit's daughter Moonlight Cloud swept past her rivals in today's Gr.1Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.

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