Kildaragh Stud

The Art of Simplicity Key to Kildaragh's Success

"Their welfare was our livelihood." Peter Kavanagh could easily be talking about the mares and foals out in the paddocks at Kildaragh Stud. In fact he is casting his mind back to childhood days on his family's cattle farm.  Though racing and breeding are increasingly observed through the prism of the data supplied by technology, a back-to-basics approach would stand any aspiring breeder in good stead, as would an hour spent listening to Kavanagh. There's a touch of the John Cleese about him: long legs which could easily propel him...

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Kildaragh's Golden Hour Shines Brightly Ahead of Book 1

NEWMARKET, UK--For those of us of a certain age, for whom the years seem to flash by ever faster, that hill up to Tattersalls seems to get steeper every year. One family which has no trouble striding their way up to their draft just through the wrought iron gates is the Kavanaghs of Kildaragh Stud, and this week it's not just because, collectively, they have the longest legs in the business. On Saturday, the family enjoyed two terrific results, both as breeze-up consignors and breeders, when first the Tattersalls Craven...

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Sea Silk Road Too Good For Royallieu Rivals

Sunderland Holding's G1 Yorkshire Oaks fifth and G1 Prix Vermeille third Sea Silk Road (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}--Oriental Magic {Ger}, by Doyen {Ire}) added to her victory in June's G3 Pinnacle S. with a decisive three-length triumph for a career high in Saturday's G1 Qatar Prix de Royallieu at ParisLongchamp. Employing patient tactics off the tempo in rear for most of the 14-furlong stamina test, the 38-5 chance made smooth headway on the bridle in the straight to seize control entering the final furlong and powered clear of toiling...

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Havana Grey Colt Storms To TDN Rising Stardom At Chantilly

Jean-Claude Rouget trainee Havana Cigar (GB) (Havana Grey {GB}--Speculating {Ire}, by Xtension {Ire}) created a favourable impression when notching a two-length debut triumph going six furlongs at Saint-Cloud in May and delivered a performance of raw power to earn a 'TDN Rising Star' badge over the same trip in Saturday's Prix de la Croix des Veneurs at Chantilly. Havana Cigar failed to make best use of his stands' side draw and was steadied at the tail of the six-runner field after missing a beat at the kick. Powering by rivals...

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“The Bar Keeps Lifting” – Tattersalls Craven Sale Kicks Off On Tuesday 

It's that time of year again, the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale--where whispers of Royal Ascot horses and potential breeze-up sensations fills the air.  There's scarcely anything more exciting than the eve of a major sale and they don't come much bigger than the Craven.  This is where Classic winners Native Trail (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) and Cachet (Ire) (Aclaim {Ire}) were found and the roll of honour does not stop there. Everything is up for grabs at Tattersalls over the next two days and few people know this better...

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Seven Days: Advance Appleby Fair

As statements of intent go, the results for Charlie Appleby's stable over recent weeks speak loudly as to his determination to retain the trainers' championship in 2022. Twenty-three runners have emerged from Moulton Paddocks in the last fortnight, and 13 of them have returned home as winners, most importantly Native Trail (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), the champion 2-year-old in Europe last year whose triumph return in the G3 Craven S. got the season off on a proper footing. Of that baker's dozen, four were by the trainer's reliable old friend...

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Flaming Rib A Stakes First For Ribchester At Doncaster

Tom Dascombe trainee Flaming Rib (Ire) (Ribchester {Ire}) became the first winner for his freshman sire (by Iffraaj {GB}) when registering a one-length win in Saturday's Listed Virgin Bet Doncaster S. at Doncaster's Town Moor venue. Flaming Rib bagged a trio of nursery handicaps--at Thirsk, York and Chester--in his three most recent outings and continued on an upward trajectory with a first black-type triumph in this straight dash. The 13-8 second choice was sharply into stride and claimed an immediate lead. Holding sway throughout, he was not for catching once...

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Oasis Dream's Native Trail Adds To Appleby's Superlative Tally

It was a case of another G2 Superlative S., another win for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby as Native Trail (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) managed to overhaul Dhabab (Ire) (No Nay Never) and hold on from Masekela (Ire) (El Kabeir) in a pulsating renewal of the seven-furlong Newmarket juvenile staging post on Saturday. Looking more of a stayer than the stable's prior three winners of this since 2016 when scoring by four lengths on debut over this trip at Sandown June 11, the 210,000gns Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up purchase needed excess stamina...

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Kavanagh Makes Consigning Debut At Goffs

The Kavanagh family of Kildaragh Stud have been esteemed breeders and vendors for many years, so when an offshoot of the Kildaragh brand begins a new venture one should definitely sit up and take notice. Step forward AK Thoroughbreds, the fledgling consigning business launched by Alice Kavanagh, daughter of the farm's owners Peter and Antoinette. AK Thoroughbred makes its consigning debut at the re-scheduled Goffs November Foal Sale at next week with an 11-strong draft of foals, and the young consignor is keen to get things underway. "I'm very excited...

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Freshman Sire Estidhkaar Off the Mark at Nantes

1st-Nantes, €14,000, Mdn, 6-9, 2yo, 7fT, 1:27.59, g/s. FOREFRONT (IRE) (c, 2, Estidhkaar {Ire}--Archange {Fr}, by Arcano {Ire}) ran seventh in a winner-producing maiden over six furlongs at Saint-Cloud in his May 12 debut and duly obliged as the 9-5 favourite here to become the first winner for Tara Stud-based freshman sire Estidhkaar (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}). Breaking ahead of all 10 rivals to gain an immediate lead, he held sway throughout and lengthened clear of toiling rivals in the straight to easily dismiss Another Hot Topic (Ire) (Rio de...

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