The stallions that stand at the stud are allowed to spend nearly all of the time outside in the summer. While they are separated in their individual paddocks with alleys similar to what you would see in Kentucky, they simply enjoy being horses. One of them, PALAVICINI, even has three cows keeping him company in his paddock!
INVINCIBLE SPIRIT is the top stallion at the stud with a fee of 80,000 euro. He is by GREEN DESERT and out of RAHFA. Owned by Prince A A Faisal, bred by Neward Stud LTD and trained by John Dunlop. He has sired 20 individual Group 1 winners. He is also the sire of top sires KINGMAN, CABLE BAY, LAWMAN, I AM INVINCIBLE, and NATIONAL DEFENSE. His average at the Tattersalls Sale Book 1 was 293,000gns.
PHOENIX OF SPAIN stands for 12,500 euros and his first crop was born in 2021. He is a Group 1 winning two-year-old and Guineas-winning three-year-old. He is by LOPE DE VEGA who also produced LUCKY VEGA (G1), AUNT PEARL (G1), GYTRASH (G1) and CADILLAC (G2). He is out of LUCKY CLIO. Owned by Tony Wechsler and Ann Plummer, bred by Cherry Faeste and trained by Charles Hills.
FREE EAGLE stands for 8,000 euros. He is by HIGH CHAPARRAL and out of POLISHED GEM. He is bred and owned by Moyglare Stud Farm and was trained by Dermot Weld. His top progeny include KHALIFA SAT, G1 Epsom Derby 2nd and winner of the Cocked Hat Stakes L. He covered 100 mares in 2020 and has two-year-old debut winners in HICKORY for James Fanshawe and SOARING SKY for Jessica Harrington, as well as ARATUS for trainer Clive Cox.
DECORATED KNIGHT stands for 7500 euros and has his first two-year-olds racing in 2021. The chestnut stallion is by GALILEO and out of PEARLING, who is a sister to GIANT'S CAUSEWAY. He is owned by and bred by Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar. He was trained by Roger Varian and Roger Charlton.
NATIONAL DEFENSE stands for 5000 euros and has his first two-year-olds racing in 2021. He is by INVINCIBLE SPIRIT and out of ANGEL FALLS. He is owned by Sun Bloodstock SARL and was bred by Ecurie Des Monceux and Meridian Bloodstock. He was trained by MME C Head-Maarek. His two-year-olds are in training with some the top trainers in Europe including Wesley Ward, Joseph O'Brien (has 4 actually), George Scott Racing, Sarah Dawson, William Muir and Time Easterby.
EQUIANO stands for 3000 euros and is by ACCLAMATION and out of ENTENTE CORDIALE. He is owned by J. Acheson and was bred by Ecurie Skymarc Farm. He was trained by Barry Hills. He is a Dual G1 Royal Ascot winner with a Timeform rating of 127. He is the sire of 29 stakes horses including Breeders Cup G1 winner BELVOIR BAY. He is the sire of three time G1 winner THE TIN MAN and G2 winner MEDICINE JACK. In 2020, he had multiple stakes winning horses including G3 winner DAKOTA GOLD, G1 winner EQUILATERAL, G1 winner GUSTAVOS WESTON and 10 two-year-old winners, one of those being G3 winner APOLLO ONE.
ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL stands for 2500 euros and is by ELUSIVE QUALITY and out of CARA FANTASY. He is owned by Windflower Overseas Holdings Inc and was bred by them as well. He was trained by John Dunlop. His black-type progeny include G2 winner COEUR SUBLIME, G3 winner SOVIET PIMPERNEL, G2 winner JUNGLE JUNCTION and G2 winner WEESEEKHIMHERE.
DRAGON PULSE stands for 2000 euros and is by KYLLACHY and out of POETICAL. He is owned by Tan Kai Chah and was bred by J F Tuthill and Mrs. A W F Whitehead. He was trained by Jessica Harrington and Mikel Delzangles. He boasts 41% winners to runners lifetime. Progeny WEALTH OF LOVE is a dual stakes winner and ALMA HERA is stakes placed.
PALAVICINI stands for 1000 euro and is by GIANT'S CAUSEWAY and out of CARA FANTASY. CARA FANTASY is from the family of BIG BAD BOB and SNOW FAIRY. He was bred by Windflower Overseas Holdings Inc. and trained by John Dunlop. He is a half-brother to ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL. He won the G3 Strensall Stakes and placed in G3 races multiple times with a rating of 113.
The Irish Racehorse Experience
Another fun aspect of the Irish National Stud is the Irish Racehorse Experience. This is a hands-on, interactive experience where guests can "create their own racehorse" for an additional 5 euro per person. And there's nobody better to tell you about it than an Irishman: