DUBLIN stallion classes always attract a crowd of both interested breeders and fascinated onlookers. With so much discussion about the need to retain thoroughbred blood within the Irish Sport Horse herd, the return of the Croker Cup was a timely opportunity for stallion owners and interested breeders.

Both Thursday’s initial parade and the judging of this class the following day, by Somerset breeder Michael Cook and Kentucky-based James Keogh, attracted a large audience. Although it attracted the minimum half-dozen entries, it was an excellent showcase for the six thoroughbred stallions, with each looking a picture and a credit to the five owners who salvaged this class after a three-year absence.