IDAHO has been a popular member of the team since joining Coolmore Stud’s National Hunt roster, covering triple-digit books each season to date.

Five of his foals offered at auction brought a five-figure sum in 2021, four at Tattersalls Ireland and one at Goffs, and they are among the 118 registered in his second crop.

His 130-strong first crop contains eight colts who made a five-figure sum in the ring the previous year, and we can expect to see some eye-catching prices for his initial store horses in 2023 and 2024.

His popularity is easy to understand, especially given the attraction that being a son of Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) holds, and he also has a strong race record and distaff line to go with that.

Idaho was an easy debut winner over a mile at the Curragh at two and, although only fourth in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud a few weeks later, he was placed in the Group 3 Ballysax Stakes and Group 3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial before a third-place finish in the Group 1 Derby at Epsom.

He was beaten by a total of two and three-quarter lengths by Harzand there, but narrowed that gap to just half a length when runner-up in Group 1 Irish Derby three weeks later. Idaho was odds-on when landing the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes in style at York and when unshipping his rider during the Group 1 St Leger at Doncaster, whereas at four he added victory in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Idaho then finished third to the great Enable in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes over the same course and distance, passing the post four lengths clear of his famous full-brother, Highland Reel.

Raced as a five-year-old, Idaho easily won the Group 3 Ormonde Stakes at Chester before finishing fourth to Cracksman in the Group 1 Coronation Cup and third to Stradivarius in both the Group 1 Goodwood Cup and Group 2 Lonsdale Cup.

Prolific Group 1 standout and €9.4 million earner Highland Reel is on Coolmore’s roster, has his first three-year-olds in 2022, was a successful freshman and has an Italian Group 2 scorer to his name.

His and Idaho’s pattern-winning full-brother Nobel Prize retired to stud in Turkey last year, Cape Of Good Hope (Galileo) is a 10-furlong Group 1 scorer in Australia, whereas half-sister Valdemoro (Encosta De Lago) was narrowly beaten when runner-up in the Group 1 Crown Oaks and Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes.

They are all out of Group 1-placed Hveger (Danehill), a full-sister to multiple Group 1 star Elvstroem and half-sister to multiple Group 1 victor Haradasun (Fusaichi Pegasus).

The latter’s Australian-bred blacktype offspring include Grade 1 scorer Harry’s Son, whereas Elvstroem’s dozen stakes winners feature mile Group 1 winner Hucklebuck and a trio of Group 2 scorers.

Race record

IDAHO (IRE), Bay 2013. Jt 4th top rated 3yr old colt in Ireland in 2016. Won four races, £988,861, from 1 mile to 1 mile 5 furlongs, 2 to 5 years including, Betway Great Voltigeur Stakes, York, Gr.2, Hardwicke Stakes, Ascot, Gr.2, Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes, Chester, Gr.3, also placed second in Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, Curragh, Gr.1, P W McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes, Leopardstown, Gr.3, and third in Investec Derby Stakes, Epsom Downs, Gr.1, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Ascot, Gr.1, Qatar Goodwood Cup Stakes, Goodwood, Gr.1, Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup Stakes, York, Gr.2, Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes, Leopardstown, Gr.3.

At stud

Retired to Stud in 2019, first crop now 2 year olds.


Stands at: The Beeches Stud, Lismore, Co Waterford, P51 H70H, Ireland.

Contact: Robert McCarthy, Bobby McCarthy, Peter Kenneally

Telephone: +353 (0)58 56254



Fee: €3,500