13th Dec 2021
NATIONAL DEFENSE, sire of the 2021 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint winner TWILIGHT GLEAMING, will not travel to the Irish National Stud for the 2022 Northern Hemisphere breeding season. INS CEO Cathal Beale said, “unfortunately National Defense sustained an injury while on covering duties in Australia. He is recuperating well but on veterinary advice and in the interest of the welfare of the horse we have decided it would be prudent not to travel him at this moment in time. It is an unfortunate setback with his first crop having performed with such distinction but we look forward to welcoming him to the Irish National Stud to resume Northern Hemisphere duties in 2023.