swordlestown little stud naas kildare ireland
Swordlestown Little
County Kildare Ireland
Tel. +00 353 (0)45 895610
Fax. +00 353 (0)45 895612

We are off to York for the Gr. 2 Gimcrack Stakes where Lilbourne Lad is trying to add another Group success!
The happy team after winning the Listed Race in Naas

First Group success for Swordlestown Little as Lilbourne Lad proves himself as one of the best of his generation!

What we barely dared to hope came true last Sunday at the Curragh on Derby Day. After having come so agonisingly close with Massive a few seasons back, Lilbourne Lad made amends to win the first Group race for Swordlestown Little  in a very brave and determined fashion. On his last start,  the Listed Rochestown Stakes at Naas he had shown above average ability to win easily by 6 lenghts. However, this was a big step up in class as he was taking on Tough As Nails, who had truly lived up to his name on all his previous starts, the last being a short head second to Power, Aiden O Briens Coventry Stakes winner and highest rated two year old so far. So it was with some trepidation but great excitement and hope that we set out to the races on Sunday.

Cool, calm and collected, the ultimate professional delivers when it matters!

Ridden from the front and showing a good turn of foot, he was locked in a head to head battle with Tough As Nails from the three furlong marker.  He really had to apply himself to the cause and his determination and ability saw him getting the upper hand in the last 50 m. In the end he stayed on well to win a shade cosily by 3/4 lenghts. This was an exciting performance that earned him a Timeform rating of 110 which is the same as Power, the Coventry Stakes winner.  Lilbourne Lad will now step up to the very top, the penthouse, as his trainer calls it,  and his next target is either the Gr 1 Prix Morny in Deauville or the Gr. 1 National Stakes back here at the Curragh in September.

Sogno Verde with Lilbourne Lad: proud mother and son

Showing good nerves at the foal sales already. He was sold to Epona Bloodstock for 75k at Goffs Foal Sales in 2009. Photos: Scarlett Schaer

Lilbourne Lad's half sister by Mastercraftsman is practising to emulate her two brothers!

Swordlestown Little, Naas, County Kildare, Ireland.
Telephone. +00 353 (0)45 895610 Fax. +00 353 (0)45 895612 Email.