15th Jan 2019
The Irish National Stud opened its doors for the ITM Stallion Trail on Friday 11th & Saturday 12th January and were delighted with the response we received.
We welcomed over 450 people to see our entire Stallion roster for 2019 including our flagship horse Invincible Spirit as well as Free Eagle who looked magnificent after his stint down in Australia and National Defense and Decorated Knight who enter their second season at stud.
We also showcased three of our INS Racing Club fillies including Listed winner and INS Homebred Lethal Promise and we were grateful to her trainer Willie McCreery who spoke to the crowd on Saturday. We were also joined by Ross O’Sullivan, trainer of Thunder And Roses who outlined the plans for the horse going forward, starting with an entry in the Boulta P2P on Sunday 20th.
We were delighted to see Dermot Weld back at The Irish National Stud to talk about his Ruler of The World filly that is in the INS Racing Club and reflect on the careers of Living Legend Rite of Passage and previous legend Vintage Crop. Mr Weld wasalsoreunited with Free Eagle whom he trained to Group 1 Royal Ascot success.
Free Eagle was also reunited with his regular rider Pat Smullen and was great to see Pat in such great form. Both were delighted with the way Free Eagle has let down as a Stallion and both commented how the horse had grown since his days on the track.
The crowd also got the opportunity to grab a selfie and feed a carrot to two of our Living Legends Hurricane Fly and Harry Eustace. Hurricane Fly still holds the world record for the most number of Grade 1 wins and looked fantastic. Hardy Eustace, a dual-champion hurdle winner also looked brilliant at the age of 22 and both horses are really enjoying retirement.
We would like to thank everyone that attended and hope to see everyone again soon!