New Speed Stallions For West Cork

15 January 2021

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Paddy McCarthy aims to put his hometown of Bandon on the map as he strikes into the stallion market and expands his family's Meelin Stud in West Cork to stand two new Flat stallions for the 2021 season. McCarthy is well known in the industry through his work as sales manager to 2020 Breeder of the Year Derek Veitch and his Ringfort Stud. He has looked after numerous top-class horses for Veitch such as Minzaal, Miss Amulet, Ubettabelieveit and Threat amongst many more, while he has also successfully stood National Hunt stallions at the stud in the past and has bred sports horses.


The new roster will be headed by Gr.1 sprinter Son Of Rest (Pivotal), a lightly-raced but talented juvenile who placed in the Gr.1 National Stakes for Fozzy Stack. He broke his maiden on his return at three and landed a Premier Handicap before going on to run third to Carravaggio in the Flying Five Stakes, while the following year he was a close second in the race to Havana Grey, when it was upgraded to a Gr.1, and also landed the valuable Ary Gold Cup. Bred by Cheveley Park Stud, he is out of the winning Danetime mare Hightime Heroine and is from the family of Champion 2YO Forest Flower.


He will be joined at Meelin by Group-placed sprinter Flash Gordon, a son of sire on fire and exciting sire of sires Kodiac. Trained by Jessica Harrington, he was placed in the Gr.3 Lacken Stakes and Listed Tetrarch Stakes as a three-year-old and was also placed in the Sprint Stakes at Naas last year. He was a 220,000gns yearling and is out of juvenile winner Oasis Sunset (Oasis Dream) who is a half-sister to Champion 2YO and Gr.1 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Seazun (Zietan) and is from the family of Gr.2 Molecomb Stakes winners Brown Sugar and Classic Ruler as well as Champion 2YO Toormore.


Commenting on his new acquisitions, McCarthy said: "Son Of Rest is absolutely gorgeous, a magnificent horse. He stands about 16.2h and is a great stamp of a horse. He won the Ayr Gold Cup with 10 stone on his back and gave the second horse a stone and two pounds. He was second to Havana Grey in the Flying Five up the Curragh with Sioux Nation behind him. He retired sound and will stand for a fee of €3,000.


"Flash Gordon is a gorgeous, very athletic horse. He is a Group 2-placed son of Kodiac that won first time out. He cost 220,000gns as a yearling and is obviously a good-looking horse. He is a great walking horse and stands about 16h and will be offered for €1,500.


"They are two great stamps of horses and I am delighted to have them for my first enterprise into Flat stallions. I have been working to offer speed horses that could produce precocious types for some time and am excited for the future."


The farm is well equipped having previously stood a number of stallions, as McCarthy explains: "We stood Kadeed who produced Moss Bank who was the highest-rated chaser in Ireland. He was trained by Michael Hourigan for Michael O'Leary and was second in the Lexus Chase and second in the Ryanair at Cheltenham, while he was also the sire of The Hollow Bottom who won a Graded Chase at Aintree for Nigel Twiston-Davies.


"We also bred Smith's Corner (Kadeed) who is still running for Michael Kennedy, a brother of Jack Kennedy, in West Cork and he has earned over in €56,000 prize-money, so we are no strangers to producing top-class horses."


Paddy can be contacted on 00353 87 0608617 or email [email protected]

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