17th Apr 2019

Jamie Smyth (IRE) and Joan Tyner (IRE) give you an insight into their eleventh week here on the Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding Course.


2019 has been an exciting year so far as we got to witness history being made when Tiger Roll won the Grand National back to back, he is the only horse to do this since Red Rum in 1973 and 1974. We also got to see Tiger Woods win his fifth Masters title and end an 11 year wait to claim a 15th major. It must be the year of the Tiger.


Last week, myself (Jamie) and fellow student Nadine were on night duty in the foaling unit from Monday to Thursday. Although the yard is full with a lot of mares looking ready to pop, we were relatively quiet and welcomed 4 healthy and strong foals to the world. With this being said, I am sure there will be plenty of new arrivals in the coming weeks.


With us being up all night, it meant we were lucky enough to keep track of the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale which was taking place in Inglis’ Riverside stables. Between our checks, we were watching the live stream of the sale where we were blown away by the sales topping colt by Snitzel which fetched a tidy $2,800,000. Among other lots, I took a keen interest in the stock by stallions like Brazen Beau and Exceed and Excel. I had the pleasure of working with these stallions so I was thrilled to see them sell so well.


As the weekend approached, our attentions turned to Naas where a group of us went for a great afternoons racing. It started out with us being able to witness exciting young sire and triple crown winner American Pharoah’s first runner. Under a typical cool ride from Ryan Moore, Monarch of Egypt won convincingly by 2¾ to get his sire off the mark and looks a bright prospect for the O’Brien team. Among other runners on the day were the likes of Group 1 winners Magical, Flag of Honour and Latrobe who were making their seasonal reappearances in the Group 3 Alleged stakes over 10 furlongs. The odds-on favourite Magical ran out a comfortable winner with Flag of Honour and Latrobe running into places. I would imagine that these horses will now go on to run in Group 1 company throughout the year and I look forward to seeing them progress.


I(Joan) was in Sun Chariot last week where the mares come in to foal. I carried out foal watch on Friday, this involved me cycling around checking on all the mares out the fields and if any of them looked like they were about to foal I would bring them in to the foaling box. Early in the day I caught one mare break her waters, so I brought her in the foal she had a lovely chestnut colt by Zoffany.

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