21st May 2019
Nicholas Cope (IRE) and Lucie Dieuaide (FR) give you an insight into their sixteenth week here on the Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding Course.
This week marked the beginning of the final third of our time on the course at the Irish National Stud. The recent upturn in the weather has students, staff and stock in great spirits. The barbecue was brought out for the first time with our resident chef, Ryan, left in charge of the steaks. The barbecue was a roaring success, but unfortunately one of our fellow students, the famous Fitzy, fell foul to a dodgy bit of chicken and was out of work the following day claiming to be ‘sick’. However as no doctor’s cert was produced the jury is still out!
It was a tough week for Fitzy as she was spotted later in the week attempting to change the wheel on her car having suffered a puncture, luckily some of the gentlemen rolled up their sleeves to lend a helping hand to aid the damsel in distress.
In terms of our studies this week we had our nutrition presentations for Joanne Hurley from GAIN feeds. We were tasked with presenting a discussion on nutrition for stallions, mares, yearlings and weanlings. This is the second time we have presented so far during the course and the experience seemed to help us as the reports afterwards were all positive.
On Thursday we had a trip to RACE to see where many of our top jockeys including Seamie Heffernan and Johnny Murtagh learned their trade. A tour of the facilities was very interesting and entertainment was supplied by groups of us having a go on the racehorse simulators, needless to say none of us will be challenging for the jockey’s championship in the near future.
I (Lucie) spent the week-end in France with others students Sarah Collings and Victoria Canessa. On Saturday, we took the direction of the Normandy and Deauville’s sales agency ARQANA for the Breeze Up Sale. Some beautiful two years old were presented in the ring as this son of American Pharaoh sold for 1.1million. Freshman sires Kingman and No Nay Never were also really popular.
On Sunday, the racing world’s eyes were turned towards Paris Longchamps and the French Guineas. Under a beautiful weather, the favourites didn’t disappoint. The exciting son of Kingman, Persian King, provide his sire his first classic win in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains. Reminding us that Persian King had beaten 2000 Guineas victor Magna Grecia, by champion sire Invincible Spirit, last year. The Godolphin colors made it a double in the French Classics as unbeaten filly Castle Lady put her nose in front to win the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches.
With the Guineas at the Curragh next weekend and many trips and events coming up in the coming weeks, the group are looking forward to finishing the course on a high.