Irish National Stud

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Latest News & Events

  • Charm Champion in QEII20/10/2014Charm Spirit was a ready winner of the QEII Stakes at Ascot at last Saturday’s Champions Weekend. He broke well from the stalls and was settled on the heels of the leaders under jockey Olivier Peslier. The field was brought along by the distinctive Top Notch Tonto but when things got serious two furlongs from home Charm Spirit was travelling with great purpose under a relaxed Peslier.

  • Charm shows fighting Spirit in Longchamp15/09/2014While Kingman has been carrying all before him in the mile division you could be forgiven for overlooking the exploits of Gr.1 Prix Jean Prat winner; Charm Spirit who tackled the Gr.1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp on Sunday.

  • Jeremy15/09/2014Jeremy raced for Betty Moran, owner of Papillon. He was trained by Sir Michael Stoute who saddled him to win the Jersey Stakes and to come back the next year to the Queen Anne Stakes where he was beaten a short head.

Horse Museum

The future and the past entwine beautifully at the Irish National Stud, whose museum is a legacy to not only the horses in Ireland but also the greatest and most famous of all Irish horses.

Mares with heaving stomachs and wide-eyed foals standing close to their mothers are the tomorrow of Irish racing. Its yesterday will forever be associated with the mighty and incomparable Arkle, to whose legion of fans was far more than just mere flesh and blood. He was iconic, an animal worthy of worship and reverence. And now, more than 40 years after his death, he reigns supreme in the stud's museum, where his skeleton holds pride of place.

Three times the winner of jumping's ultimate prize, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Arkle remains the greatest steeplechaser to have lived anywhere and at any time. Like many Irishmen, he was partial to a pint of Guinness, and such was his fame that fan mail addressed simply to "Arkle, Ireland" invariably found its way to his stable.

While Arkle's time here has come only since his passing, one of Flat racing's modern day legends, Sea The Stars, was bred and raised at the Irish National Stud. Those visiting the museum can see memorabilia connected to County Kildare's champion, while also on display are the silks carried to success in Australia's signature race, the Melbourne Cup, by another Kildare superstar, Vintage Crop.

Elsewhere in the Sun Chariot Yard, visitors are told the history of the horse in Ireland through artifacts, illustrations and texts while the start of an equine life is presented in an emotional and uplifting video showing the birth of a foal - just possibly, the next Arkle.