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WATCH: ITM Stallion Showcase - The Beeches Stud

The ITM Irish Stallion Showcase 2021 puts the spotlight on some of the top stallion farms in Ireland where champions of the Flat and National Hunt produce the superstars of tomorrow. 
 
Located in Tallow, Co. Waterford and run by the McCarthy family, The Beeches Stud is home to some of the most exciting National Hunt stallions that are currently standing in the country with a list that includes Crystal Ocean, Timeform’s highest-rated middle-distance horse in Europe in 2019, alongside Idaho, Mahler, Ocovango, Soldier Of Fortune and Derby winner Wings Of Eagles.

Whilst many are exciting recent additions to the stallion ranks whose progency has yet to see competitive action, racing between the flags in recent times has highlighted the value of Mahler and Ocovango.
 
The former was in the spotlight courtesy of the first-time out success of Journey With Me at Ballindenisk in late November. 
 
Michael Murphy’s charge, who was bred by Con O’Keeffe out of a half-sister to the dual Grade 2 Peterborough Chase winner Racing Demon, made much of the running at the Co. Cork venue under Sean Staples before powering clear in impressive fashion to win by 12 lengths beating horses that had cost €110,000 and €62,000 respectively in the process.
 
Henry de Bromhead purchased him privately and he undoubtedly proved himself to be one of the more notable four-year-old winners during the autumn term.

Notably his other four-year-old winner from the pre-Christmas campaign, Carrolls Cottage, has already opened his account under rules when following up his four-year-old success at Dromahane in October by winning a Limerick maiden hurdle for Philip Fenton by seven lengths last month.

 




For Ocovango, his first crop of four-year-old’s certainly hit the ground running despite the Covid-19 interruptions to last year’s action, as Glenglass recorded a notable success with a winning debut in one of the first four-year-old races of 2020.

Fittingly bred by the Beeches Stud’s owner Robert McCarthy, it was at their local fixture in Tallow that he recorded a one-length success for Barry O’Neill and Colin Bowe before turning a very notable profit for the Milestone team who had purchased him at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale for €42,000 before selling him to Mouse O’Ryan and Gordon Elliott for £155,000 at the Cheltenham February Sale.
 
The resumption of point-to-point action continued this good early fortunes, with further successes coming in the four-year-old maiden division courtesy of Comes Recommended at Monksgrange for Matthew Flynn O’Connor and Gordon Elliott’s Percy Warner at Umma House.
 
The latter, who had been bought for €32,000 at the Goffs Land Rover Sale, was sold to Basil Holian, to stay in the yard for €100,000 at the Tattersalls November Sale.
 
That proved to be a good move as he has added two further successes to his tally by beating the subsequent Fairyhouse winner Flanking Maneuver with a victorious racecourse debut in a 20-runner Navan maiden hurdle, before doubling up in a Fairyhouse contest earlier this month.

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