30th Apr 2019
Gonçalo Torrealba (BRA) and Tara Watt (GB) give you an insight into their thirteenth week here on the Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding Course.
I (Tara) was in Maddenstown last week helping with the barren and maiden mares who currently reside there. The yard itself is relatively quiet at present as the majority of mares are now living out. That being said we were lucky to be able to catch up on some quality racing that happened during the week. Irish National Stud stallion Gale Force Ten had an impressive double in Dundalk as Syrena trained by Joseph O’Brien won the Crowne Plaza Fillies Maiden and Gatsbys Cap won the Handicap for Fozzy Stack. Invincible Spirit also had a good week with another Stakes winner as Inns Of Court won the Prix Servanne stakes in France for Godolphin.
All students enjoyed a trip to the Curragh Racecourse where we were able to have an exclusive tour of the new facilities before its opening on Monday 6th May. We are all very much looking looking forward to seeing it in action and to enjoying some racing so close to the Irish National Stud.
I (Gonçalo) was in Sun Chariot last week , which is the main yard of the Irish National Stud where the mares in foal stay waiting for the day they are ready to foal being monitored by students 24 hours a day , 7 days a week.
The students are basically looking for any signs that can lead us to think that the mare is coming close to foal, we take it in turns to spend one day on watch to make sure that nothing is missed. We also take care of any newborn foals that have been born recently before they move to Kildare yard, although this week has been fairly quiet.
This was the yard I was also in during the weekend and had to work with the presence of the storm named “Hannah” which I must say brought conditions that were not ideal for working in!