TRAINED in Ireland by Aiden O’Brien, Royal Lytham was a group winner in the historic July Stakes at Newmarket at two, and he has recently retired to the Clongiffen Stud in Co Meath, where in mid-February he covered his first broodmare, the listed winner Needles And Pins who is already dam of six winners.

At his modest fee of €4,000, he already has an impressive list of mares booked to visit him this spring, including three more that were stakes-placed and siblings to five Group 1 winners.