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Saturday 18 November 2017

Pacino colt to go under the hammer at Wexford classic

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

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.

ELITE

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.

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Her foal was produced by embryo transfer at Mill House Veterinary Clinic earlier this year, while she continued to jump on the competition circuit.

The elite show jumping foal sale was the brainchild of leading Irish rider Greg Broderick, who recognised the demand from breeders for such an event and felt the target market would already be in attendance at the show.

A full catalogue with detailed pedigrees of the foals that are on sale can be downloaded from www.irishbreedersclassic.com.

CENTREPIECE

Taking place from Friday to Sunday this weekend, the Irish Breeders Classic show is now in its second year and continues with its centrepiece competition, the €50,000 five- and six-year-old Classic.

Known as the richest young horse class in the world, the competition will be fierce as top riders such as Clem McMahon, Greg Broderick, Francis Connors and Sven Hadley go head to head for the top prize.

The vast bulk of the €50,000 prize fund, some €44,500, goes to the winner of the grand final on Sunday.

Among the other competitions at the 2013 show will be a four-year-old class worth €3,000 and the final of the TRM Horseware Grand Prix league on Saturday, September 7.

Irish Independent