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

We wish all our friends and family a very healthy and happy New Year!
Not quite the Christmas-scene: on Lantau Island - forty five minutes ferry ride from Hong Kong!

Two new winners and a fabulous week in Hong Kong!

It was a wonderful privilege to be guests of the Hong Kong Jockey Club for their 2016 International Racing Festival and associated activities. Their hospitality is incredibly generous and organised to perfection.  

However, the highlight for us was to visit our two homebred horses at the Sha Tin racetrack. Dinozzo (Lilbourne Lad - Nisriyna) is trained by the wonderful Australian John Size who has been based in Hong Kong for 16 years and is highly successful. Dinozzo in addition to his debut win in Ireland,  has run three times in Hong Kong so far and has never been out of the first three, winning his last start. The plan is to qualify for a place in the Hong Kong Derby which will take place in March. Fingers crossed!

El Sherif (ex Christchurch, by Henrythenavigator  ex Saintlike) has had one introductory run and, according to his trainer David Hall, also an native Australian, has had the shock of his life, when confronted with night racing at Happy Valley! It has to be said, this must have been somewhat of a rude awakening after having previously been trained at Manton! However, he is getting acclimatised to the new way of life and should soon be able to show his best.

Dinozzo (Lilbourne Lad - Nisriyna and El Sherif (former Christchurch) and Happy Valley on a Wednesday night.

Other news are that Bluebell has returned home from the US. She is in foal to Kitten's Joy and we are looking forward to this early foal. She has travelled well and is settling back into cold wet Ireland quickly.

Snowdrop, our racing club yearling, is making huge progress and is ready to be backed. She will go into training with Mr. Oxx in the new year. If you are interested, please call me on 087 2308685. We are sure to have fun days out! You can also follow her progress on Twitter @snowdropclub.

We have been busy viewing stallions for next year and our final selection is almost made. As soon as it is all definite, we will publish a list of matings.

Snowdrop is almost ready to be backed.

A fresh winter's morning at Swordlestown Little

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