Morozov should keep Pierce and his family busy at Blackhall.


The life of a stallion master is not an easy one , with the fickleness of the flat breeding industry now seeping into the national hunt world.

Gone seemingly are the days when a “country stallion” could stand for years , covering reasonably small books of local mares and siring a winner or two in his first few years before a Galway or a Fairyhouse winner made him a respected and sought after name in the racing industry.

The emphasis is now on being ultra commercial, with the racing industry focussing on speed and precociousness even over jumps.

Stallions rather than a horses pedigree and dam line are now the driving force as “fashionability” takes precedence sometimes over race ability.

So this world can make it very difficult to stand a stallion successfully.

Andy Pierce the Co Wexford based stallion man started breeding racehorses in 1983 when acquiring his first mare.

Based in Blackhall, Enniscorthy he expanded his band of mares to in excess of 30 at times, while also moving into the tricky world of being a stallion master.

Rashar was the first one chosen and the unraced son of Alleged was very successful. Following on from this Pierce has had Corrouge , Vertical Speed and most recently Morozov.

Morozov is a 15 year old son of Sadlers’s Wells, a Group 2 winner and a full brother to In The Wings making him a very bankable stallion.

He has been at stud since 2005 with his best runners to date being Racing Post Chase winner Opening Batsman and other black type performers oncluding Eduard, Baby Jake and Marshall Zhukov.

With a couple of these holding Cheltenham Festival entries next month further success might be on the cards.

The stallion also has a couple of promising young horses with the Robert Tyner trained Sir Abbott a graduate from the point to point fields likely to build on his track debut for new owner JP McManus. While Willie Mullins has the Gigginstown House Stud owned Turnandgo in the yard another that might a name for himeslf. In addition Donald McCain has the promising Billfromthebar in his care to add to the possibilities.

With 162 mares covered in 2013, Pierce is more than hopeful that the level of enquiries currently received will see this year being just as good.

Morozov has covered half sisters to previous Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Mr Mulligan and classy hurdler Our Girl Salley in addition to many more , so his stock deserve a serious look at.

Pierce and his two sons Paul and Andy junior are not ones to rest on their laurels as they also train 15 horses at the yard at Blackhall Stud. These are a mixture of track and point to point runners so they are a team of busy busy men.

Morozov might just keep them even busier!


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