Kyprios (Ire), 2018 c. by Galileo out of Polished Gem, by Danehill

NOMINATED for a Breeder of the Month award in June after his victory in the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup, July (Group 1 Goodwood Cup), and September (Group 1 Irish St Leger), Kyprios is back after his 20-length victory in the Group 1 Prix du Cadran on Arc weekend.

What a season it has been for Kyprios who has proven to be the outstanding stayer of 2022.

Bred at Moyglare Stud and racing for a group that also includes Sue Magnier and partners, these wins for the Aidan O’Brien-trained Kyprios mean that Polished Gem is one of those rare beings, the dam of three Group 1 winners. Kyprios is now the winner of eight of his 10 starts and his latest success pushed his winnings over £1 million.

Kyprios is one of eight blacktype winners for Polished Gem, a daughter of the classic winner Trusted Partner. An own-sister to Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes winner Dress To Thrill, Polished Gem has an impeccable record as a broodmare; her 10 foals are all winners. She is one of 13 named foals out of Trusted Partner, a dozen of which ran, and all but one won.

Kyprios is a full-brother to the dual Group 1 winner Search For A Song and a sibling to Free Eagle who won the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

What a special year this is as Moyglare celebrates 60 years since its founding by Walter Haefner.


The Platinum Queen (Ire), 2020 f. by Cotai Glory out of Thrilled, by Kodiac

WHAT a breakthrough victory it was at Group 1 level for Cotai Glory, the first season sire sensation of 2021 who stands with the O’Callaghan family at their Tally-Ho Stud in Mullingar. The two-year-old The Platinum Queen won the Prix de l’Abbaye on Arc weekend, and she was bred at Tally-Ho and sold for 57,000gns at this year’s Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up Sale to trainer Richard Fahey and owners Middleham Park Racing.

Also bred by Tally-Ho and a daughter of their star sire Kodiac, the Group 1 winner’s dam Thrilled was sold for 460,000gns as a yearling to the Niarchos’s Flaxman Stables but, having shown little in four starts, was bought back by her breeders for just €15,000. This year her Galileo Gold yearling sold for £170,000, while back in Westmeath the O’Callaghan’s have a colt foal, also by Galileo Gold.

The dam of Thrilled is Fuerta Ventura, by Desert Sun, a cheap yearling purchase who won three times on the trot in Ireland. Realising the value of some blacktype, her trainer Ken Condon sent her to Italy for a listed race where she failed by less than a length to overhaul the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Viz, also on the same mission.

Fuerta Venture did not train on, was later covered by Choisir, and sold to Tally-Ho for 38,000gns at the December Sale. She went on to produce a number of good sales horses and three winners, all of them sired by Tally-Ho sires.

JOHN O’CONNOR, Ballylinch Stud

Bayside Boy (Ire), 2019 c. by New Bay out of Alava, by Anabaa

WHAT a month it was for Ballylinch Stud.

They co-own Group 1 winner Bay Bridge (New Bay), they co-bred the Group 1 winner Place Du Carrousel (Lope De Vega) and they co-own and bred Bayside Boy, winner of the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over a mile at Ascot. The latter also races for Teme Valley, having been sold to Richard Ryan as a yearling for 200,000gns.

Ballylinch own Bayside Boy’s two-year-old winning half-brother Lord Of Biscay, by Lope De Vega, also trained by Roger Varian, and they sold their Waldgeist half-sister at the Goffs Orby Sale, where she realised €200,000. Their dam has a filly foal ay Ballylinch by Lope De Vega.

Bayside Boy is one of six winners from eight runners for Alava, and is her second group winner. He was preceded by Lawman’s son Forest Ranger who won in excess of £350,000, including four pattern races, the Group 2 Huxley Stakes twice, the Earl of Sefton Stakes and the Darley Stakes.

Tally-Ho Stud bought Bayside Boy’s stakes-placed, four-time winning half-sister Home Cummins for 100,000gns in 2018, while back in February they picked up his unplaced half-sister Duchess Rose for 52,000gns. This is a prolific winner-producing female line. Alava is the dam of six winners, she was the best of eight winners from the stakes-placed Cerita, her grandam Tanapa was a Group 1-placed dam of 11 winners, and her third dam bred 10 winners.


Auguste Rodin (Ire), 2020 c. by Deep Impact out of Rhododendron, by Galileo, and Proud And Regal (Ire), 2020 c. by Galileo out of Simply Perfect, by Danehill

IT was a special day for teams Coolmore and Ballydoyle on October 22nd when two homebred juveniles each won a Group 1 race, Auguste Rodin in England and Proud And Regal in France.

Successful in the Vertem Futurity, Auguste Rodin is the first foal out of Rhododendron, successful in the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile at two, Prix de l’Opera at three and Lockinge Stakes in her final season. She is a full-sister to Magical whose seven Group 1 wins puts her among the elite at Ballydoyle, with Highland Reel, Magical, Minding, Rock Of Gibraltar and Yeats. This is the family of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Victoria Road.

In winning the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud, Proud And Regal became Galileo’s 97th Group 1 winner, and this victory is among more than 200 wins at that level for an offspring of the dual Derby winner. It cost 220,000gns to buy Proud And Regal’s dam Simply Perfect, and she repaid that investment when she won the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile at two and the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes the following year.

As a dual Group 1-winning daughter of Danehill, Simply Perfect was an ideal mate for Galileo, and this cross has also been responsible for multiple Group 1 winners Frankel, Highland Reel, Kyprios, Golden Lilac, Noble Mission, Japan, Mogul, Roderic O’Connor, Search For A Song, and Teofilo.