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Former Boardsmill Stud Stallions


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.

___________Furry Glen (left) and William Flood with Orchestra (right)


One of the first Thoroughbred Stallions to stand at Boardsmill Stud in the ‘30’s was the French Bred Sire J’Accours. 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 ‘60’s 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 1970’s 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, Erin’s Invader, Don’t 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 Glen’s 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 Doran’s 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 Stud

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