5th Mar 2013
The Irish National Stud celebrated a very special birthday on Friday as Vintage Crop one of our Living Legends turned 26! At 1pm surrounded by family and friends Vintage Crop with the help of his trainer Dermot Weld and best friend Tudor Loom, blew out the candles on his birthday cake, carrot cake of course, his favorite!
As with all special occasions Vintage donned his winning rug from The Melbourne Cup in 1993 and also had his Melbourne Cup there as kindly lent to us by The K Club.
His principal jockey Michael Kinane was unfortunately out of the country but had a beautiful new stable rug embroidered with his name and birth date for him.
David Phillips his groom from Dermot Weld’s yard who looked after him throughout his career couldn’t get over how well Vintage looked.
Ms. Susan Waters 3rd Class from the De La Salle primary school were invited, they compiled acrostic poems about Vintage Crop, made birthday cards and their own Vintage Crop foam horses which were very impressive.
A number of our season ticket holders also joined in the celebrations.
Irish Horse TV filmed the event which can be viewed on their website
Vintage Crop short biography;
Born 1st March 1987
Sire: Rousillon Dam: Overplay
Bred by Bert & Diana Firestone
Trained by Dermot Weld
Owned by Dr. Michael Smurfit
Principal Jockey Michael Kinane
Groom David Phillips
Winner of 16 races and Career Earnings of €1.3 million
In 1993 Vintage Crop was the first horse ever to travel to Australia for The Melbourne Cup, a feat which was considered near impossible with the 12,000 mile travel and he won!
He was also the first horse in Irish Racing history to win One Million Irish Pounds. Vintage Crop is commemorated by a bronze statue in the Curragh Racecourse
Vintage Crop is a member of the Irish National Stud’s Living Legends team which also includes Beef or Salmon, Kicking King and Moscow Flyer.