Nando Parrado to stand at the Irish National Stud

Nando Parrado to stand at the Irish National Stud

10th Nov 2021

The Irish National Stud are delighted to announce that the Royal Ascot Coventry Stakes winner and dual Group 1 placed Nando Parrado will stand at the stud, New for 2022.  


Bred by Anita Wigan, Nando Parrado was purchased for 165,000 guineas as a foal and subsequently raced by Paul and Marie McCartan of Ballyphilip Stud, the breeders of Champion Sprinters Battaash, Harry Angel and Tiggy Wiggy.


Paul McCartan commented, “For me, he was the nicest foal of the year in 2018. He was certainly the nicest foal we have ever bought. He had size and strength, a great hip, a lovely head and action to die for. We are retaining a good chunk of ownership and we will endeavour to buy some of his nicest foals in 2023.”  


On just his second start Nando Parrado became the first son of Kodiac to win the G2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, the premier early season sprint for juveniles in Europe. Showing blistering early speed, he stayed on powerfully all the way to the line to win by 1 length with future G1 winner Creative Force in behind.


His Jockey Adam Kirby commented, “Nando Parrado was lightning quick in the Coventry, he travelled well and quickened up inside the final furlong; extraordinary for an inexperienced horse. He had superb balance for a two-year-old”.


His next start came in the G1 Prix Morny, again over 6 furlongs, finishing second to G2 Queen Mary and subsequent G1 Commonwealth Cup winner Campanelle. On his final start at two, he again finished second to a future G1 winner; this time to the Champions Stakes winner Sealiway, in the G1 Prix Jean Luc Lagardere at Longchamp.  


Trainer of Nando Parrado Clive Cox commented “Nando Parrado had shown me exceptional pace from day one. An imposing physical, he had beautiful balance and was so light on his feet, with an ice cool temperament. Nando Parrado was a joy to train, very sound and his two-year-old performances were top drawer”.


Nando Parrado is one of four winners out of the Group 3 winner and Group 1 placed mare Chibola and comes from a family steeped in Group 1 performers. His sire, Kodiac, is quickly establishing himself as an exceptional sire of sires with the success of Kodi Bear, Ardad, Coulsty among others.  


Irish National Stud CEO, Cathal Beale said, “we are thrilled to be standing Nando Parrado, New for 2022. He was a precocious, high-class two-year-old, by a sire of sires, from a great family and he is an exceptional physical. We are really looking forward to welcoming breeders to see him.”


A fee will be released shortly and there will be a limited number of shares available.

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