On the trail of equine legends
Some of the country's top studs recently opened their doors to hundreds of visitors from at home and and abroad
Gleneagles, the multiple Group 1 winner, is among several exciting new sires to join the roster at Coolmore Stud and its associate farms this year.
Along with Ivawood and Kingston Hill, all three will join such champions as Galileo, his son Australia, and Camelot at stud for 2016.
Guests attending the recent Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM) Irish Stallion Trail had a unique opportunity to see these equine stars at Ireland's top stud farm which was one of 28 farms in total to open up their doors ahead of the upcoming breeding season.
Following the success of the inaugural Stallion Trail in 2015, Coolmore Stud was delighted to be involved again this year and hosted several hundred thoroughbred owners, breeders and producers, as well as the general public, at the 7,000ac farm over two open days.
This coincided with a busy week of racing between the Thyestes Chase at Gowran and the Irish Champion Hurdle meeting at Leopardstown.
Over the course of the week racing enthusiasts from at home and abroad took in visits to several other farms such as Gilltown, Kildangan and the Irish National Stud in Kildare, as well as Castlehyde and Grange studs, both of which also come under the Coolmore banner.
Gilltown Stud is home to seven stallions including Sea The Stars and Born To Sea, both of whom are out of Urban Sea, also dam of Galileo.
Castlehyde and Grange studs share the roster of National Hunt stallions for Coolmore and both Ivawood and Kingston Hill have retired to Castle Hyde, while Grange's current residents include Fame And Glory, Leading Light and Milan.