Boardsmill Stud is proud to be serving the
National Hunt breeder since 1935. Many highly successful National
Hunt Sires have stood at Boardsmill in that time and this is a tradition
that we hope will continue into the future.
(left) and William Flood with Orchestra (right)
One of the first Thoroughbred Stallions to stand at Boardsmill
Stud in the 30s was the French Bred Sire JAccours.
Another French Bred Sire - Trouville, was to join the stallion
roster soon after this. A top class racehorse and extremely popular
sire - Trouville only lived until he was 13 and from just
a few crops, he was the sire of numerous significant winners including
Cheltenham Festival winner French Tan, Leading European Miler Red
Slipper, Gay Casino, Leap Frog, French Kilt etc.
The versatile Chou Chin Chow arrived at Boardsmill in the
60s and during his long stud career, he was the sire
of Bronco II (Arkle Chase winner), Chow Mein (Galway Plate winner)
and the Champion Showjumper Sportsman.
The 1970s at Boardsmill started off with the arrival of the
Ribot horse Brave Invader in 1970. Like current Boardsmill
Sire Court Cave, Brave Invader was an unraced horse out of an Irish
Oaks winner. Brave Invader sired some top class horses including
black type winners Plundering, Aherlow, Music Be Magic, Erins
Invader, Dont Forget etc.
In what was a memorable decade for Boardsmill Sires, the 80s
kicked off with the replacement of Brave Invader and Chou Chin Chow
with the Classic winning Furry Glen in 1983. Furry Glen sired
26 Graded winners of 41 Pattern races. Amongst these were Toby Tobias,
Super Tactics, Triple Witching, Strath Royal, Big Matt, Commercial
Artist, Change The Act and Abbey Glen. His life was cut short in
1987 at the age of 16 when he died following a massive colic. This
was a huge loss not only for Boardsmill Stud but for the National
Hunt industry as a whole. Furry Glens legacy lifes on though
and he is proving to be as big an influence as a broodmare sire
as he was a sire in his own right. To date, Furry Glen is broodmare
sire of 18 winners of 36 black type races including Grade 1 winners
Kingscliff, Like A Butterfly, Kill Devil Hill, Thisthatandtother
and Mister Morose and Grade 2 winners Sir OJ, Comply Or Die, Classic
Native, Glens Music and Leinster.
Waiting in the wings at Boardsmill while Furry Glen was making
all the headlines was the multiple Group winning son of Tudor Music,
Orchestra. The sire of 15 individual Jumps Pattern winners
of 46 races, Orchestra will be best remembered as the sire of the
ultra consistent and top class Dorans Pride who won 20 Pattern
Races including 6 Grade 1s and was placed 3rd twice in the Cheltenham
Gold Cup. Orchestra sired the winners of numerous other prestigious
chases including Grade 1 winners Rince Ri, Fiddling The Facts, Vanton,
Pats Jester, Double Symphony etc. Orchestra is now making a big
impact as a broodmare sire and is already responsible for two Grade
1 winners in Rathgar Beau and also the high class Aran Concerto
from the Noel Meade stable. His daughters have also bred black type
winners such as Howaya Pet, Bewleys Berry, Amalfitano etc.
In more recent years, Boardsmill Stud has been home to Jurado (Sire
of Grade 2 winner Swansea Bay) and Semillon (sire of numerous
winners from only 4 small crops).
Carrying on the fine tradition set by the above mentioned sires
are Kalanisi (New for 2008), the Cartier
and Eclipse award winner and sire of Hasanka, Katchit etc. and Court
Cave, the full brother to multiple Group 1 winner Beat Hollow.
The late Jack Flood (right), former owner of Boardmill