Dubai World Cup Winner Victoire Pisa to Stand in Turkey

Victoire Pisa


Forde Bloodstock are proud to have sourced 2 fine new stallions to stand for the Turkish Jockey Club in 2021.

Victoire Pisa is a Japanese 2000 Guineas winner, the Champion 3yo in 2010 and Champion older horse in 2011. He was the first Japanese winner of the worlds richest race, the Dubai World Cup. He has sired Japanese classic Winner Jeweler among numerous other stakes winners. As a son of Neo Universe (by Sunday Silence) and out of G2 winner and G1 placed Whitewater Affair, he brings outstanding new bloodlines to Turkish breeders.

Group 2 winner Kluger, by sire sensation King Kamehameha, will also be on the plane to Turkey. He is a stunning individual who raced until 8 years old and is a perfect example of the Japanese breeding model, that holds soundness and longevity as paramount in a stallion prospect. He finished 2nd to Australian superstar Winx in the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2019, beating 5 Group 1 winners in the process.

Showjumper Sale and Success for Forde Bloodstock

Back in September of last year, Forde Bloodstock was approached on behalf of Ken and Geraldine Digby, well-known owners and breeders of County Kilkenny, to market their Irish Sport Horse showjumper “The Best of Quality”.

Homebred by their own stallion, Quality Safari (OBOS Quality) and out of the mare Impress (Master Imp), this handsome 16.1 hands gelding had performance records on both sides of his pedigree.

He had been produced initially by Vivienne Digby and was then ridden by Paddy O’Donnell and Jason Foley, before Darragh Ryan took over the ride in 2020.

He jumped successfully at 1:40 level and looked comfortable doing so.

Because of Covid-19 travel restrictions the marketing had to be done entirely online, focusing on potential American customers.

Apart from competition and conformation videos, a trial was organised and filmed at Emerald Equestrian Centre with the help of Feaha Moore and Vincent Digby and the resulting tape distributed to potential clients.

“Besty”, as he is now known, was quickly snatched up by young professional rider/trainer Carly Anthony of Wellington, Florida, on behalf of her client, Heather Chatham of HC Enterprises, Thousand Oaks, California.

Vetted and transported to Florida, all within seven weeks of the initial approach from the Digbys, this very honest, careful and brave Irish horse has already brought attention to himself through his exploits at Wellington during this winter season.

We wish Heather and Carly ongoing success with “Besty”and we thank the Digby family for entrusting Forde Bloodstock with the commission to find a suitable buyer.

We believe we have done so.

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Barrier Trials to resume on 29 July at Dundalk

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, with the backing of the Irish European Breeders’ Fund and the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, is resuming Barrier Trials for unraced 2yo and 3yo horses at Dundalk Stadium on July 29.

The Barrier Trials are being staged to meet the strong demand from overseas for quality unraced thoroughbreds and will return on the brand-new polytrack surface at Dundalk, where they were first staged in 2018.

Entries can be made here from July 15 and will close at 5pm on July 24. Terms and conditions can be found here.

The Irish EBF Barrier Trials will operate under the same Covid-19 protocols in operation on regular race days at present.

ITM is very grateful to everyone who has supported the concept to date and is especially thankful to have gained the backing of the Irish EBF, the largest sponsor of racing in Ireland.

John O’Connor, Chairman of the Irish EBF, said: “Now, more than ever, the Barrier Trials will provide a valuable opportunity for the Irish bloodstock industry to showcase a proven quality product to a wider market and we are pleased to play our part by supporting them at Dundalk in July and hopefully again in August.”

Another date for the Irish EBF Barrier Trials is scheduled for August 24, pending approval from those with whom ITM cooperates.


ITM Barrier Trials

Wednesday the 5th of June saw the renewal of barrier trials at Naas racecourse, having been pioneered at Dundalk stadium last year. Seven Trials were held for unraced two-year-olds and unraced three-year-olds over five, six and seven furlongs.

A wide variety of trainers were represented on Wednesday at Naas including Mick Halford, Jessica Harrington and Ger Lyons. Jockeys riding included Chris Hayes, Colin Keane and Declan McDonogh. Viewing from the Goffs-sponsored owners and trainers facilities were a diverse group of owners, agents, breeders and other interested parties.

Two impressive debutants to win their respective “Trials” will now head for the Goffs London Sale which takes place on the eve of the Royal Ascot meeting. Tinnahalla, a Starspangledbanner colt from Shamrock Bloodstock, and Kingslayer, a son of Footstepsinthesand who will be consigned by Leamore Horses.

The principal aim of the ITM Barrier Trials is to better meet overseas demand for quality unraced horses and the 2018 Trials resulted in several sales.

Full results and videos are available here.

Korean Racing Authority visit Ireland

Sean with Mr. Ryu Seungho, International Races & Relations Senior Manager of the KRA (Korean Racing Authority) and trainer Dermot Weld. Mr. Ryu was visiting Ireland to promote the the Korea Cup as part of their International race meeting in September 2018.

The KRA cover all expenses relating to horse shipment as well as first class travel and accommodation for owners and trainers. With a prize fund of KRW 1,000,000,000 (€770,000) for the 1,800m Korea Cup and KRW 700,000,000 (€540,000) for the 1,200m Korea Sprint.

It’s an enticing alternative for those with and adventurous streak!
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Moroccan Trip

Sean enjoyed a a productve and memorable visit to Morocco in January, including racing in the sun at both Rabat and at the beautiful Hippodrome Casa Anfa, Casablanca. Many thanks to Sara Mansour of SOREC and Jeremy Greene of ITM for facilitating the trip.