Irish National Stud

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  • The ITM Irish Stallion Trail20/01/2015The ITM Irish Stallion Trail is a great opportunity to view many of the world’s leading stallions as Ireland’s top Flat & National Hunt Stud farms open their doors over three days. Before the official opening of the traditional covering season of early to mid-February, Irish stud farms will showcase some of the very best sires available to breeders in 2015.

  • Irish National Stud Breeding and Racing Club Trainer Selected17/01/2015Willie McCreery will train the first two-year-old for the Irish National Stud Breeding and Racing Club this year, a filly by Invincible Spirit.

  • Americain will stand at the Irish National Stud in 201516/01/2015John Osborne said ‘the handsome Americain will be popular on looks alone and his first foals have his strength and quality. He will bring balance to our roster which is dominated by speed influences. Americain’s pedigree has class in every generation and his sire was revered in America and a classic sire in Europe. Americain can emulate that given the support his race record deserves. Mr. Kelley will be keen to race his stock.

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.