Month: October 2019

JOSHUA TREE JOINS KILBARRY LODGE STUD ROSTER

Kilbarry Lodge Stud are delighted to announce that JOSHUA TREE, a Grade 1 winning son of Montjeu, will join their roster for the 2020 season.

Previously based at Haras du Grand Courgeon, his first crop are now three-year-olds. Speaking to the Racing Post, Kilbarry’s Con O’Keeffe commented, “We’re delighted to stand Joshua Tree at Kilbarry Lodge Stud and we hope he’ll be very popular with Irish National Hunt breeders. He’s a lovely, attractive horse by Montjeu. He was an incredibly sound horse who was a Group 2 winner at Ascot at two and was still going strong as a six-year-old when winning the Canadian International for the third time.”

O’Keeffe added, “He has eight three-year-old winners to date and has large crops of two-year-olds, yearlings and foals to follow.” Joshua Tree’s stock should improve with age, given that he won the Grade 1 Canadian International Stakes as a three, five and six-year-old. He also won the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay over a mile and seven furlongs as a five-year-old and the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at two.

Sons of Montjeu have made a promising start at stud, with exciting national hunt sires including Walk In The Park, Scorpion, Jukebox Jury, the late Fame And Glory.

MONSIEUR LECOQ WINS WELSH CHAMPION HURDLE

Monsieur Lecoq

MONSIEUR LECOQ provided his sire Diamond Boy with a fine start to the 2019/2020 national hunt season when taking the Welsh Champion Hurdle on his seasonal return.

A dual winner and Grade 3 placed last season, the Jane Williams owned and trained bay faced nine rivals in the two mile contest. Ridden to chase the leaders by Chester Williams, he gained a narrow lead at the third last and was ridden from the second last. Digging deep under pressure on the run-in, he denied multiple Graded winner Le Prezien narrowly on the line, the pair finishing six lengths clear of the favourite in third.

The winning jockey commented after the race, “We were confident that Monsieur Leqoc had come on from last year as he is only a 5yo. This is a very nice race to win but I don’t know where he night go next. We had considered sending him chasing but I suspect he will stay hurdling now.”

Bred by Jean-Charles Haimet and J-Pascal Liberge, Monsieur Lecoq sold for 31,000 as a yearling.

Diamond Boy’s first Irish foal crop make their sales ring debut at the upcoming November NH Sale at Tattersalls Ireland.