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Thursday 26 April 2018

Shirocco set for a bumper year at stud on back of Cheltenham results

Rogue Angel on his way to winning this year's Irish Grand National. Photo: Caroline Norris.
Rogue Angel on his way to winning this year's Irish Grand National. Photo: Caroline Norris.

With over 200 thoroughbred stallions currently standing in Ireland, breeders are spoilt for choice when it comes to covering their mares. National Hunt breeders, in particular, have been closely watching the sales' results and form of horses on the track in recent months in the lead up to the 2016 season.

At the recent Cheltenham meeting Rathbarry & Glenview Studs enjoyed a record six winners sired by their resident stallions and all are now gearing up for a busy season at their base in Co Cork.

Standing for a fee of €6,000, Shirocco has proven to be a huge success since his arrival in Ireland in 2014 and Minella Rocco's (NH Chase) and Annie Power's (Champion Hurdle) victories at Cheltenham have undoubtedly set him up for a bumper year at stud.

In addition to Shirocco, the stud also celebrated wins from Vautour and Un Temps Pour Tout (both by Robin Des Champs), Yorkhill (by Presenting), and Gold Cup winner Don Cossack, by Sholokhov.

One of many proven dual-purpose sires by Sadler's Wells, Sholokhov stands for a fee of €4,000.

Presenting, by Mtoto, needs little introduction as leading sire based on such other winners as Grand National victors Rogue Angel (2016) and Thunder And Roses (2015), in addition to War of Attrition, Denman and First Lieutenant. He stands for a fee of €10,000.

Also at a fee of €10,000, Robin Des Champs is fast climbing the leading sires' ranks, with progeny by the French-bred stallion also hitting the news in 2015 with an impeccably-bred three-year-old topping the Tattersalls Derby Sale at €320,000.

A new arrival into Ireland in recent years is Califet, who stands at Boardsmill Stud in Trim, Co Meath for a fee of €4,000.

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The son of Freedom Cry was a leading sire of jumpers in France before his arrival to Ireland in 2014.

In February, Saying Again gave the sire his third black-type winner of the year when taking the €70,000 Listed Grand Cross de Pau Reverdy in France.

This was the 10-year-old's fourth consecutive win, having also won the trial for this race on Christmas Day.

Owned by William Flood, Boardsmill Stud also stands Kalanisi, sire of no fewer than three Grade 1 winners, including the six-year-old Barters Hill who was unbeaten on the track until Cheltenham where he finished fourth in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.

Trained in the UK by Ben Pauling, he was bred in Ireland by the late Chich Fowler.

By Doyoun and a multiple winner on the flat, Kalanisi also stands at a fee of €4,000.

Several new stallions have joined the National Hunt roster for 2016, among them Lucky Speed. Winner of the Group 1 Deutsches Derby in 2013, the son of Silvano has retired to stand at Sunnyhill Stud in Co Kildare.

"He is a lovely, quality horse with a wonderful temperament and is proving popular already," commented Michael Hickey who also stands the popular Doyen.

By Sadler's Wells, Doyen is sire of Dandridge, second to Solar Impulse in the Johnny Henderson Chase at Cheltenham for Irish trainer Arthur Moore.

Details on 2016 fees for all stallions are available on

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