Anticipation awaits for Garryrichard Stud

Garryrichard Stud nestled in the rural landscape of south Co. Wexford has long had a good reputation in the horse breeding sector. Operating since 1870 the Hickey family have an enviable record as stallion masters having stood Lord Americo, Over The River, Callernish, Master Owen and Arctic Slave etc.

Currently in the stewardship of Denis Hickey, their influence on the thoroughbred industry does not stop in Garryrichard as Denis’s brother Michael Hickey runs Sunnyhill Stud and sister Mary Doyle operates Knockmullen House Stud, while his niece Jane is involved in Ballyhane Stud.

Hickey has high hopes that his partnership with the Irish National Stud which had its first season in 2013 will reap rewards with the stallion Jeremy, now after completing his first breeding year in Garryrichard.

Will a full book of quality national hunt mares the first foals of 2014 should be well received.

2013 was an astounding one for the young stallion with his first crop of runners, only 4 year olds, saw him having black type success both over jumps and on the flat.

It was however the exploits of Our Conor, that really captured the headlines after winning all around him including the Triumph Hurdle for Dessie Hughes. His return to the track was to be at the Curragh next weekend in the Irish Cesarewitch but that plan is on hold, so we will have to bide our time for his return.

Hickey must have been over the moon to see the 4 year old Jeremy gelding Mr Fifty One win his bumper at Gowran Park last week for Jessica Harrington. Anticipation is running high to see what other gems sired by Jeremy are unearthed.

A star like Our Conor is great to have but every stallion has to have more than one horse to advertise himself and bumper winners are vital to a stallions continued popularity.

The evidence on the track is not in dispute, Jeremy a 10 year old Group 2 winning son of Danehill Dancer, has had a great start to his national hunt career. Hickey and Garryrichard Stud may well reap the rewards as they offer breeders a very commercial choice.

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2 Responses to Anticipation awaits for Garryrichard Stud

  1. martin says:

    Lovely article its great to see Garryrichard back in the limelight.

  2. Mary mangan says:

    Looks like its backwards we are going these conditions were there 30 years ago.

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