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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!

Stud Farm

Racehorses are conceived, born and raised on Tully's famous stud farm, which has long been and continues to be the source of thoroughbred champions.

Stars of the show on the stud farm are the eight stallions, whose performances on the track as racehorses have enabled them to spend the years of their retirement living a life that many would envy. Some of racing's most successful and regally-bred mares are sent to Tully to be covered by the stallions, the outcome of their encounters being the foals who never fail to enthral visitors.

The farm, purchased by Colonel William Hall Walker at the turn of the 20th century, is now owned by the Irish people but is run as a commercial entity, its management working hard to maintain its competitiveness in a major global industry in which Ireland has long played a leading role alongside Britain, France, the USA and Australia.

Sea The Stars, horse of the year in 2009, is among the champions to have been born and raised on the Tully land, on which King Edward VII's Minoru spent the early part of a life that peaked when he won the Epsom Derby exactly 100 years before Sea The Stars triumphed in the very same race.

Sun Chariot, also born and bred at the Irish National Stud, became one of the very few horses ever to complete the fillies' Triple Crown when mopping up the 1942 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and St. Leger for King George VI.  Almost seven decades later, in May 2011, his daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, visited the farm, once again highlighting that the Irish National Stud's importance stretches far beyond the confines of Ireland.