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Thursday 19 September 2019

Frozen Fire sets Romania alight

Frozen Fire winning the Irish Derby in 2008. Picture credit: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Frozen Fire winning the Irish Derby in 2008. Picture credit: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Frozen Fire is settling into new surroundings in Romania after the 2008 Irish Derby hero made a marathon six-day trip totalling 3,250km by lorry to Cislau where he will continue his career as a stallion.

Having been purchased from Cork's Coolagown Stud and gifted to the Romania government by new owner Irina Vladuca-Marghiloman, Frozen Fire becomes the first thoroughbred of this calibre to stand at stud in Romania, where he will cover 15 thoroughbred mares.

Having left Ireland last Thursday night, Frozen Fire spent six days in transit with overnight stays in Belgium, Nuremberg and Budapest before negotiating the Carpathian Mountains with an armed escort over two days.

His driver Kirsteen Reid - originally from Scotland but living in Carlow for the past 27 years and working for George Mullins Transport, brother of champion trainer Willie - described it as an "unbelievable journey", and she sets off for Carlow alone this morning with six days of travel ahead.

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