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

It is glorious autumn weather and conditions are ideal to wean the last two foals
Seasonal colours.

It is a privilege to walk the farm on such a beautiful morning!

The last few weeks went in a blur, so many things were happening at once. Our friend and partner, Catherine Parke, arrived from Lexington to get an impression of our Irish Sales and then travel on to Paris to get familiar with Europe's most prestigious race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Goffs Orby was a solid sale and our consignor Ballylinch Stud topped the sale with a 1.1 million yearling, a Sea The Stars filly and half sister to the young sire Lord Shanakill. As ever, it was easy to sell the nice, fashionable horse, but it was a different ballgame if you had a  horse by an undesirable stallion. We are happy that our lovely Henrythenavigator colt found a good home with my former schoolmate Brian Meehan, who certainly got a bargain at 35k. We wish Brian and Sam Sangster the best of luck with the  colt. We have already planned a trip to Lambourn to visit him at the famous Manton training establishment!

Also to Lambourn, albeit to a different training yard heads our last year's foal the Lilbourne Lad ex Khatela filly. She will join Richard Hannon, who has previously trained the homebreds Lilbourne Lad and Bahceli. A 75k yearling she made a nice profit for the Morrin brothers who bought her from us for 52k last year.  The Lilbourne Lad ex Nisriyna colt also made 75k and he will remain in Ireland and join up and coming trainer Ger Lyons. Grove Stud were happy, having paid 44k for him last year. The last of "our" Orby entries was Third Dimension's Arcano colt. He went for 92k to Tom Malone and the lucky trainer has yet to be decided on. Happy pinhookers all round and hopefully they will pay us repeat visits and purchase more Swordlestown Little-breds in the future!

Attention, however, also had to turn to the November foal Sales and our Lope de Vega colt and the Helmet ex Theola filly have started their early morning walking excercise.

Sadly mothers and daughters are now separated by a fence. In two days the mares will be moved to Lawlers and the fillies will join the other foals. Beautiful oak below.

Magnificient Treve!

On our annual trip to Paris we were joined by Cathie and Judy and John Paul Miller. We all had a fantastic time as only Paris can provide! We returned happy and a few kilos heavier than we left! As always there was fantastic racing and the atmosphere when Treve returned to the winning enclosure after her second consecutive Arc win was electric! This had not been achieved since Alleged in the seventies and it was a privilege to witness Criquette Head-Maarek and her 90 years old father Alec welcome their homebred winner back!  Taghrooda ran a fine race in third, having to use up a lot of energy from draw 15 to get herself into a competitive position early on. This provides another fantastic catalogue update for our mare Ezalli. Happy days!

Berries are plentiful, is this a sign of a snowy winter to come?

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