INTERNATIONAL Irish show jumper and producer Ger O’Neill has added the thoroughbred stallion Hunting Horn to the roster of his Castlefield Stud in Bennettsbridge, Co Kilkenny.

The deal was brokered by Jack Tuohy of Chapel Lane Bloodstock and the horse was purchased from Eng Hassan Ali Abdulmalik of Qatar for new owners Capital Bloodstock.

Jack Tuohy commented: “Hunting Horn is an impeccably bred son of Camelot who has really gone into the ‘elite’ sire status. He is also out of a half-sister to High Chaparral who sired multiple champions on both codes which was very important to us when sourcing.

“We feel that this is a brilliant opportunity for breeders to access the highest-rated son of Camelot at stud in Ireland and represents good value, especially in these uncertain times. As we know the Montjeu line needs no introduction and has produced some of the best horses and sires of our time.

“Like most good sires, he was an exceptionally tough and sound horse in his racing career, defeating 25 individual Group 1 winners including multiple classic winners around the world on all conditions.

“He really showed us what he was capable of on the biggest stage in racing at Royal Ascot as a three-year-old, clocking the fastest ever win of the Group 3 Hampton Court Stakes over a mile and a quarter. This win was boosted with the fact he had done so in a quicker time than his elders in the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes over the same distance that week.

“Hunting Horn is owned by a syndicate made up of some prominent figures in the industry who, you can be sure, will be supporting him in the breeding shed and in the sales ring,” said Tuohy.

The €2,500 fee has concessions for blacktype or blacktype-producing mares.