Laois stud farm to feature in big promotion of thoroughbred breeding in Ireland

Mountmellick stud farm features in marketing day next month

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Anngrove Stud in Irishtown Mountmellick is just one of 27 stud farms around the country to feature in the third running of the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM) Irish Stallion Trail will take place o

A Laois stud farm is on a select list of stud farms that have been selected to show off the excellence of the horse thoroughbred breeding industry in Ireland.

Anngrove Stud in Irishtown Mountmellick is just one of 27 stud farms around the country to feature in the annual Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM) Irish Stallion Trail.

Set in 350 acres in Anngrove Stud, which is run by Alastair Pim, took in its first stallion, Lucifer, in 1970 and since then has been home to such as Monksfield, Pollerton, Sexton Blake, Prince Regent, Belfalas, Welsh Term, Treasure Hunter, Arctic Lord and Alderbrook.

The stud’s record as breeders bears scrutiny and their range of winners goes from Night Of Wind, successful in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, to Wither Or Which, the Cheltenham Festival bumper winner.

The farm will be open to visitors when the trail takes place on Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 12, 2019.

Other studs participating in the Trail in 2019 include: Ballylinch, Castlehyde, Coolmore, Derrinstown, Gilltown, Irish National Stud, Kildangan, Yeomanstown, and many more. Some of the world’s greatest stallions of both the Flat and National Hunt will be on display, including multiple champion Flat sire Galileo (IRE), leading National Hunt sire Kalanisi (IRE), multiple Group 1 winner Ribchester (IRE), and four-time Ascot Gold Cup hero Yeats (IRE).

In launching the ITM Irish Stallion Trail 2019, Alex Cairns of ITM, said: “Once again the ITM Irish Stallion Trail is set to showcase the wealth of equine and human talent we have here in Ireland. Our aim with the Trail is to engage both those working in the racing industry and the general public. Our thanks go out to the many stallion farms across the country that will be making time in their busy schedules to help promote the world-class work they do every day.”

To register your interest or for further information visit www.itm.ie/stalliontrail - full list of stud farms here.

Further studs wishing to participate in the ITM Irish Stallion Trail 2019 are welcome to contact ITM at info@itm.ie or +353(0)45 443060.

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