1st Jul 2011
Thanks to you Verglas……
The Verglas story may not rival Seabiscuit in the annals of Hollywood, but his life was one which brought great reward. He was bred by the short-lived Godolphin Stud which produced the stallions Shaamit, Trans Island, Martino Alonso and Robertico as well as the precocious grey colt we came to know as Verglas.
Consigned to Goffs as a yearling, the Highest Honor colt caught the eye of the legendary talent spotter Kevin Prendergast and his ally Frank Barry. The £26,000 investment quickly proved a
bargain as he won his maiden at Leopardstown by seven lengths and went to Royal Ascot where he won the Coventry by daylight. He was Classic placed at three behind the Irish National Stud bred Desert King (first classic for Aidan O’Brien).
An inspired choice by a group of French breeders to afford Verglas a chance at stud was rewarded by a First Season Sire title and seven black type horses in that first crop.Verglas relocated to the Irish National Stud and the success continued with Gr.1 winning sons Stormy River (a promising first season sire in 2011) and Silver Frost (winner of the Poule d’Essai des Poulains) now continuing the line.
On hearing the news of Verglas’s death in May 2011, one leading Irish breeder described Verglas as a “winner machine” and the perfect start for your mare –“if she can’t get a winner by him, she can’t get a winner anywhere”.
A look at the Sires table for 2011 again shows the great grey in fifth place in Europe by races won, headed only by Invincible Spirit, Galileo, Oasis Dream and Dansili. From Godolphin to Kevin
Prendergast, from Lady O’Reilly to Royal Ascot, Verglas always kept good company.
For a tourist attraction like the Irish National Stud, the striking grey (the ultimate Lilywhite in the lilywhite county of Kildare) Verglas was photographed by thousands of visitors and loved by everybody.