19th Oct 2017
This year Irish National Stud’s Breeding and Racing Club celebrated its third year in existence. A small group of enthusiasts from around the world, have banded together to enjoy the pleasures of owning and breeding racehorses based here at the stud and with Irish trainers. We usually breed two mares, sell their offspring as foals and race at least two youngsters.
The anniversary was marked with a thoroughly enjoyable trip to York Races where members were lucky enough to watch the drama of the Juddmonte International unfold as Ulysses made his breakthrough on the Yorkshire track. The following day we were lucky enough to visit David O’Meara’s new yard and were delighted to see him succeed with Suedois when he travelled to Ireland for Champion Stakes Day.
The year has seen many highlights including the birth of two beautiful Dragon Pulse foals bred from our mares Veronica Falls and Weekend Getaway who head to the sales at Goffs next month, much to the excitement of the members.
We’ve twice hit the crossbar with our race filly Réalt Rua, both at Naas and the Curragh and haven’t lost faith in our speedster by Showcasing either. Willie McCreery has done a great job with her and we hope we can recreate the success we’ve enjoyed with Invincible Lia.
Our two year old half-sister to Red Cadeaux has been enjoying her work immensely and we cannot wait for her three year old campaign to start as she seems to have all the attributes of a future star. Racehorses can make dreams come true and a runner in the Oaks is in our minds (although trainer Michael O’Callaghan is doing his best to keep us down to earth!).
Back in January, we were lucky enough to visit Closutton Stables, the home of so many National Hunt superstars trained by the expert Willie Mullins. The crew were extremely welcoming and we were so grateful of their time. We kept the National Hunt theme alive in February with a trip to Punchestown for the Tied Cottage Chase meeting.
We also visited Ballylinch Stud set against the backdrop of the stunning Mount Juliet where we were treated to a show of all their stallions as well as their beautiful stables and facilities.
It has been a wonderful year which has included many days racing, exclusive visits to stud farms and training yards – we really try to paint the full picture of the bloodstock industry, from the breeding shed to the racecourse, the INS Breeding & Racing Club offers you the chance to experience all the thrills and spills of breeding and racing thoroughbreds.
If you would like to join the Irish National Stud Breeding & Racing Club why not get in touch with Ciarán De Barra on 045 521 251 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.