16th Sep 2013
The Osblog has been osblocked for quite some time. There has been plenty to talk about, sex drugs and rock and roll all season long. By which I mean of course, a busy breeding season at the stud, controversy in relation to the prohibited substances on both sides of the Atlantic and numerous situations with jockeys failing to keep a straight line!
The cork was popped yesterday by the runaway success of Voleuse de Coeurs in the GAIN Irish St Leger at the Curragh. In 2010, my first year in charge here, this filly was catalogued (by virtue of the rotating alphabet used by the auction houses) as Lot 1 at Goffs Orby yearling sale, and so was the first yearling we sold during my tenure. Not only was she in a difficult position in the catalogue, she had had an interrupted preparation through slight injury and she made the relatively modest sum of €30,000 (albeit in a pretty glum year for bloodstock sales everywhere). To see her romp away with a Group 1 was a fantastic moment. We bred Irish Derby winner Desert King and we were lucky to have raised Sea The Stars to embellish the glittering record of the Tully stud as a cradle of the elite. To get another Classic winner keeps the momentum up.
Ironically Vadorga, the dam of Voleuse de Coeurs, died last year which will resonate with most breeders. It is so difficult to produce a Group 1 winner and then the payback may be elusive through the normal circumstance of the bloodstock breeder – there always being the possibility of dead stock with the livestock. We will retain Vadorga’s last foal, a yearling filly by Jeremy, to join our expanding band of broodmares, which includes the last daughter of Sabaah, the dam of Desert King. It’s great to be able to continue the story into the future.
Lady O’Reilly was delighted with her win and it was a fitting footnote to her association with the INS. She supported the endeavours of everybody here through many years, including supporting our yearling sales with mixed success. It is appropriate that her reward is at the highest level.
To watch the race click on the link below