Cathal Beale

Irish 2,000 Guineas Winner Mac Swiney Relocates To Anngrove Stud

Irish 2,000 Guineas winner and Group 1-winning two-year-old Mac Swiney (Ire) has relocated from the Irish National Stud to Anngrove Stud for the 2024 season.  Mac Swiney lit up the 2021 season for trainer/breeder Jim Bolger when beating his stable-mate, the 2,000 Guineas winner Poetic Flare (Ire), to land the Irish 2,000 Guineas. A three-time winner as a juvenile, he had ended his debut season with victory in the G1 Vertem Futurity having also landed the G2 Beresford S. Mac Swiney's dam Halle Na Saoire (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) is a...

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ITBA Breeding Seminar Plays Host to Industry Experts at Goffs

Over 200 people attended a breeding seminar held by the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (ITBA) and its junior wing, the ITBA Next Generation, on the eve of the Goffs February Sale on Tuesday, February 6. The event was hosted by Kevin Blake, a well-known racing analyst and broadcaster as well as being a reputable breeder in his own right. He was joined on the panel by former ITBA chairman Dermot Cantillon, the breeder of multiple Group 1 winners at Tinnakill House Stud, plus Irish National Stud CEO Cathal Beale, Helena...

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Classic Winner Mac Swiney to Stand at Irish National Stud

Jim and Jackie Bolger's dual Group 1 winner Mac Swiney (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}) will stand at the Irish National Stud in 2024 for a fee of €8,000. Mac Swiney played his part in a memorable 2021 season for the trainer/breeder when beating his stable-mate, the 2,000 Guineas winner Poetic Flare (Ire) to land a Classic of his own in the Irish 2,000 Guineas. A three-time winner as a juvenile, he had ended his debut season with victory in the G1 Vertem Futurity having also landed the G2 Beresford S....

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Earthlight And Mehmas On Top As Young Sires Star At Goffs November Foal Sale

It was a day for the young guns at the opening session of the Goffs November Foal Sale on Monday with a colt by Earthlight (Ire) sharing top lot status with a filly by the already proven Mehmas (Ire) at €80,000.  The progeny of the Irish National Stud-based Lucky Vega (Ire) also played a leading role on the day with Yeomanstown Stud's Supremacy (Ire) going down similarly well with buyers.  But the main story of the day was the positive start to the week in terms of trade, highlighted by...

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Over €1.5m ready to be spent at Irish sales through IRE Incentive

Since its launch in 2021, Horse Racing Ireland's IRE Incentive program has awarded over €3,500,000 in €10,000 bonuses to the owners of Irish-bred winners of scheme races. The IRE Incentive scheme awards a bonus of €10,000 to owners of Irish-bred winners of selected races across the Flat and National Hunt programmes in Ireland and Britain and the owners of each eligible winner--those carrying the [Ire] suffix and Foal Levy compliant--have until the end of the following year to spend their bonus on Irish-breds at Irish sales. Over 250 individual owners...

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Irish Racehorse Experience At The Irish National Stud And Gardens Receives THEA Award

The Irish National Stud & Garden's Irish Racehorse Experience was officially presented with a Themed Entertainment Award (THEA) for outstanding achievement at an awards ceremony at Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, California. The award, which celebrates achievement and excellence within the themed entertainment industry, was collected by David Wardell, the Irish National Stud & Gardens Tourism Manager. The Living Legends, retired former racing champions that reside at the Kildare stud, will be paraded daily at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 25 through Friday, Apr. 28, to celebrate the honour. All pre-booked...

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Invincible Spirit Takes Pride Of Place On Irish National Stud Roster

Invincible Spirit (Ire) tops the 2023 Irish National Stud roster in 2023. The sire of 21 Group 1 winners lifetime, the 25-year-old will stand for a private fee. His progeny won 10 stakes this year, led by Pearls Galore (Fr)'s victory in the G1 Matron S. and Shartash (Ire)'s win in the G2 Railway S. among his seven group winners. Classic winner Phoenix Of Spain (Ire)'s first runners will step out on racecourses next year and he has been priced at €12,000. G1 Phoenix S. winner Lucky Vega (Ire) will...

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2022 INS Class Graduates

The 2022 Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding Management Course graduated in Tully on Tuesday. A total of 30 students from seven countries were awarded their certificates, with INS Chairman Matt Dempsey addressing the gathered guests, as well as CEO Cathal Beale. Theresa O'Donoghue was awarded the Gold Medal, while the Silver Medal went to Alexander Sausville, representing Ireland and the USA, respectively. Freddie Morley of England earned the INS Jonathan Fitzpatrick Internship, which will begin in July, while Mathilde Baurens of France earned the highest score in the Equine Business...

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INS Launches Foal Investment Opportunity

The Irish National Stud announced a new initiative that will provide shareholders an access point into the industry and to breed, own and sell a quality foal produced at a renowned nursery all at an affordable price. Kicking off the initiative is a filly by leading sire Invincible Spirit (Ire) (Green Desert), responsible for 20 individual Group 1 winners, including Kingman (GB), Magna Grecia (Ire), Nazeef (GB) and Moonlight Cloud (GB). The Feb. 16 foal is out of Irish National Stud broodmare Hanvarana (Ire) (Leroidesanimaux {Brz}). Bred by HH The...

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TFRI Site Launched to Promote Racing

Together for Racing International (TfRI)-- a global alliance to promote and progress education, community engagement, and career opportunities in the Thoroughbred industry-has launched. TfRI is a product of a 2019 education forum--hosted by Godolphin in Newmarket, U.K.--uniting Thoroughbred breeding, racing, and education professionals from six countries who addressed challenges to inclusion, attracting newcomers, supporting education, and workforce enrichment. "There is such a vast array of positive initiatives happening in the horse racing industry around the world," said Annise Montplaisir, TfRI Project Manager. "But awareness is key, and unless we publicize...

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Curtain Up For Ireland's Flagship Sale In Doncaster

DONCASTER, UK—It's crunch time for the European yearling market, with both Ireland's and Britain's major auctions being staged in the next fortnight. The major obvious difference is the relocation of the Orby Sale, which takes place over the next two days, to Doncaster. An expected difference, however, is a reduction in trade from some of the boom years the bloodstock market has enjoyed since the recovery from the major recession of 2008. Considering the unprecedented backdrop to the sales calendar of 2020, the breeze-up sector and the early yearling sales...

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Beale Among Flying Start Award Winners

The 2020 Godolphin Flying Start Alumni Awards-which are peer-voted among the programme's 177 graduates--were presented on Wednesday in a virtual ceremony, with the recipients accepting their awards over Zoom in four different countries. Irish National Stud Chief Executive Officer Cathal Beale was presented the award for Leadership Excellence by Joe Osborne, managing director of Godolphin Ireland. "I'm very humbled, very moved and I was listening to the description wondering who it could be and then when [Godolphin Flying Start Executive Director] Clodagh [Kavanagh] said 'Irish National Stud' I realised, 'oh,...

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