ONE of the most prestigious stud management positions in Britain is held by a Wexford man, and I hope he will not mind me saying that it is a role that flies under the radar somewhat.

Now in his fifth year at Sandringham, David Somers is stud manager at The Royal Studs, the breeding arm of Queen Elizabeth’s thoroughbred operations. John Warren is Her Majesty’s racing manager and bloodstock advisor, and therefore has a high profile when it comes to the success of her racehorses. However, the same horses are cared for, from birth, and nurtured by a dedicated team led by David.