Irish National Stud

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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Swanbridge Goes To 150k For Winning Daughter Of Quevega At Goffs

Princess Vega (Ire) (Beat Hollow {GB}), a winning daughter of six-time Cheltenham festival scorer Quevega (Fr) (Robin Des Champs {Fr}), proved to be worth the wait at the Goffs February Sale when selling as one of the last lots through the ring [431G] on Thursday evening for €150,000 to agent Gerry Hogan on behalf of Swanbridge Bloodstock .  It was Liz Lucas's Swanbridge Bloodstock who signed for the Order Of St George (Ire) filly out of Princess Vega at the November National Hunt Sale at Goffs for €48,000 last year....

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Irish National Stud and EM Normandie Launch Management Course

The Irish National Stud has joined forces with the EM Normandie business school in France to offer a certified course in equine industry management.  Aimed at professionals who wish to acquire or perfect their general management skills, the 'Equine Management Executive Certificate' takes places over eight months, mostly online, but with two weeks spent in Kildare and Normandy with visits to businesses and farms, particularly involving Thoroughbreds. The €8,000 course will have a maximum of 15 to 20 students who will be coached by academic and equine industry experts. A...

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Stallions To Parade At Irish National Stud Next Week

The 2024 seven-strong stallion roster at the Irish National Stud will parade daily while the Goffs February Sale is going on, the INS announced on Saturday. Parades, featuring stallions like Group 1 sire Invincible Spirit (Ire), Phoenix Of Spain (Ire) who has his first 3-year-olds this year, and Classic winner Mac Swiney (Ire), will take place at the stud on Feb. 6-8 from 11-3 p.m. each day. Please contact the stud office to arrange your time at +353 045-521251.

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'He's The New Kid On The Block' – Bolger Backs Mac Swiney To Be A Hit

Jim Bolger has encouraged breeders and racing fans alike to pay a visit to his Classic-winning homebred Mac Swiney (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}) at the Irish National Stud and promised 'they won't be disappointed' by what they see.  The two-day Irish Stallion Trail kicks off on Friday and Bolger is backing Mac Swiney to go down a bomb. The legendary trainer also revealed that he plans on supporting the Group 1-winning two-year-old and Irish 2,000 Guineas hero with 20 mares in his first season at stud. Bolger said, "He's the...

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Rafha's Influence Prevails Through Her Dominant Sons

It has been a basic tenet of bloodstock since the early days that Classic form is to be respected when a colt or a filly retires to stud. Some Classic results stand out, with the 1984 Prix du Jockey-Club often cited thanks to Darshaan (GB) leading home Sadler's Wells and Rainbow Quest in a trifecta of future superstar sires. As regards fillies, the 1990 Prix de Diane takes some beating, with Rafha (GB) coming home ahead of Moon Cactus (GB) and Colour Chart. All three ended up breeding at least...

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Gerry Dilger Scholarship Recipients Named To The Irish National Stud Course

The board of the Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation named Gwen Browne and Shane Loughnane as recipients of scholarships, which includes tuition and room and board, for the 2024 National Stud course in county Kildare, Ireland, the organization said in a release Thursday. Studying Stud Management at Kildalton College in county Kilkenny while apprenticing under trainers Mags Mullins and Pat Foley, Browne subsequently worked for leading trainer Jessica Harrington's stables in county Kildare followed by a stint with Segenhoe Stud in the Hunter Valley, Australia. Prior to being accepted onto...

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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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Irish National Stud Holds or Lowers Fees in “Challenging Times”

The Irish National Stud is either maintaining or reducing the fees for its six stallions "after a challenging yearling sales season, especially in the middle and lower tiers", according to a press release sent out on Thursday. The venerable Invincible Spirit (Ire), who turns 27 in 2024, is listed with a private fee, having stood for €60,000 in 2023 following a career high of €120,000 between 2016 and 2019. His top runners this season include the unbeaten G2 Royal Lodge S. winner Ghostwriter (Ire) and he covered 89 mares earlier...

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INS Thoroughbred Breeding Management Course Class Of 2024 Revealed

The 2024 Thoroughbred Breeding Management Course students have been selected, the Irish National Stud (INS) announced on Thursday. Once again, the course was highly oversubscribed. The Class of 2024 comprises students from 10 countries including Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Brazil, Uruguay, and the United States of America. The Class of 2024 are as follows: Luke Bleahen (Ireland), Kayla Bracken (USA), Brady Betlamini (Canada), Gwen Browne (Ireland), Mikey Cooke (Ireland), Cillian Cosgrave (Ireland), Luis Ettedgui (Uruguay), Wyatt Goodin (USA), Amber Gray (Australia), Jamie Griffin (New...

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Graduation For 2023 Irish National Stud Breeding And Management Course

The Irish National Stud held its Thoroughbred Breeding Management Class of 2023 graduation ceremony on Wednesday June 28 in the Osborne centre and garden pavilion. In attendance were the graduates, their families, staff, lecturers, and prominent industry representatives. The ceremony began with CEO Cathal Beale giving a heartfelt speech, congratulating the graduates on their hard work and achievement. Students Brian Banahan and Ciara Russell then took their turn to give their own speeches on behalf of the class. Banahan and Russell spoke of the memories and friendships made, and expressed...

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Dilger Offers 2024 Irish National Stud Scholarship

The Gerry Dilger Foundation invites applications by July 1 for those interested in attending the Irish National Stud in Kildare, Ireland. The scholarship is aimed at individuals currently working on a Kentucky horse farm with multiple years of experience, those enrolled as a 2023 KEMI spring intern or participants who have completed last year's fall program. Application Requirements: Resident of the US Bachelor's degree in equine science preferred, but not required Application and information due July 1, 2023   Scholarship Provides: Round trip airfare for travel. Ticket must be economy/coach...

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