13th Jan 2012
Pictured left to right; Eimear Murphy with Vintage Crop, Paul Hughes with Moscow Flyer and John Hyland with Florida Pearl
Moscow Flyer, a racing legend, equine celebrity, and IHWT ambassador, has generously donated his stable at the Irish Horse Welfare Trust Centre (IHWT) where he spent the last 7 years in active retirement, so it can be used instead to stable neglected equines in need.
Jane Mysercough Chairperson of IHWT, explains
“Moscow Flyer trained by Jessie Harrington, became an integral part of our charities team making many public appearances as our Equine Ambassador, over the years, championing our call for improved Equine Welfare in Ireland.
He embodies the bold and brave spirit of our organisation and his presence around the yard will be greatly missed. We are however simply delighted that Moscow has this unique opportunity to take up residence at the world renowned Irish National Stud. IHWT would like to acknowledge and thank John Osborne and the Irish National Stud for their support”
John Osborne, generously offered Moscow Flyer to spend his active retirement at the prestigious Irish National Stud based in Co. Kildare. Home to many of world’s greatest Thoroughbred’s, including Invincible Spirit, Big Bad Bob et al the stud is recognised for its distinct national importance and contribution in promoting our rich equine heritage, valuable bloodstock industry as well as one being one of Ireland’s most successful tourist destinations.
John Osborne “We are all delighted to welcome Moscow Flyer here to the Irish National Stud where he will take up residence with our other Living Legends Florida Pearl and Vintage Crop. Moscow will no doubt be a massive attraction to all who followed him throughout his exceptional career and invite everyone to come and visit these superstars’’.
While Moscow is in residence at the Irish National Stud, he will continue to fly the flag as an equine ambassador for the IHWT which the National Stud are in full support of.
Moscow Flyer career started when trainer Jessica Harrington sharp eye chose him out of hundreds of horses at the sales as an unknown 3 year with his Moscow giddiness and energy, Jessie Harrington quickly spotted potential and gave Moscow the chance to prove himself, and both never looked back.
Moscow Flyer a handsome bay gelding, was a legendary National Hunt horse over distances between 2 miles and 2½ miles (3.2–4 km). During his racing career he won the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2003 and 2005, the Tingle Creek Chase in 2003 and 2004 and the Arkle Challenge Trophy in 2002. He was trained by Jessica Harrington and Barry Geraghty was his jockey during almost all his successes.
IHWT believe, that his move to the Irish National Stud is a wonderful opportunity for Moscow to be able to be part of a new story at the Irish National Stud and to be a showcase of excellence for Irish Horses and the stud, as well as continue his very fitting role as IHWT’s Equine Ambassador .
Moscow Flyer can be visited at the National Stud and we would encourage everybody to go and pay this wonderful equine a much deserved visit “adds Mysercough