Curtain Time sires Grade 2 Thurles winner Texas Jack.


Thurles staged a really good card with the running of a couple of nice graded races including the Grade 2 Kinloch Brae Chase. With the return of Philip Fenton’s Last Instalment taking most of the pre race headlines , it was the Co Waterford bred Texas Jack who landed the spoils for Noel Meade and Paul Carberry.

This 8 year old is a son of Curtain Time who stands at Woodfield Farm Stud in Kilmacthomas Co Waterford.

This stud owned by Bramblehill Stud and managed by Gary Norris has been home to the 16 year old son of Sadler’s Wells since 2004 with Texas Jack coming from his second season crop.

Texas Jack is very much the flagbearer for his sire Curtain Time, having won the Grade 2 Novice Steeplechase, the Goffs Landrover Bumper and now this Grade 2 Kinloch Brae Chase.

Curtain Time who won on the track is out of the Chief Singer mare, Alidiva and comes from the family of Taipan, Ali Royal and Sleepytime. So he lacks for nothing in this department.

Every good stallion needs a winner or two to keep his name to the forefront and in Texas Jack he has found just that.

Bred by Lemybrien based Fergal O’Donnell he is out of a Roselier mare called Sailors Run. Any stock related to this winner, Texas Jack, have increased in value following these successes but more importantly Curtain Time is alive and well and “In his prime” according to the studs manager Gary Norris.

Norris freely admits that the past five years have been particularly difficult in the business with a high percentage of unregistered colt foals.

Maybe this win will urge one or two to finally register?

Some nice horses have been bred by the Norris family over the years with a couple of horses that they have been involved with in their own minds including the Graded Red Square Chase winner Ossmoses and that genuine performer small Black Type Triptodicks who managed to win 11 of her 79 races.

Woodfield Farm Stud also offer breeders the Royal Ascot Group 2 winning Theatrical horse Balakheri and the German bred Lecroix a Group 2 winning racehorse and Black Type sire.

This is a nice team to offer breeders, particularly in the South East. But knowing horse breeders they will travel with a nice mare for a good cover. Curtain Time gets racehorses, What more could we ask for?



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