Pacino colt to go under the hammer at Wexford classic
A colt foal by the now deceased show jumping stallion Pacino is to take centre stage this weekend when it goes for auction at the Irish Breeders Classic show in Barnadown, Co Wexford.
Clem McMahon's eight-year-old stallion famously jumped a remarkable double clear at the 2012 Nations' Cup in Dublin to clinch victory for Ireland just months before he died from complications after a severe kidney infection.
The son of Diamant de Semilly and Dira Courcelle and half brother of Hermes De Reve had been focused on his performance career before his death and so left few offspring to carry on his legacy.
The colt foal on offer this weekend is a Pacino x Lux Z x Diamond Lad x First Consul. The dam, Walterstown Lux, competed in national five-year-old classes with Stephan Egan and is a half sister to the international 1.40m show jumper Walterstown Clover and the 1.30m show jumper Walterstown Cruise.
However, the Pacino colt is by no means the only top class foal on offer in the elite sale at Barnadown.
Among the other foals consigned by Irish Breeders Classic sponsors are sons of Plot Blue, Chaco Blue, Cavalier, Lux, Lancelot and daughters of Voltaire and My Lord Carthago.
The foals come from some of the most successful damlines in Europe and one of the dams, the mother of Plot Blue, will jump in the €50,000 Irish Breeders Classic on the day of the auction.