Irish National Stud

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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!

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.