Further success is inevitable for Doyle’s Knockmullen House Stud.


Knockmullen House Stud was founded in 1997 by Gordon and Mary Gordon with the acquisition of the Sadler’s Wells stallion Pierre.

The 20 year old was bought out of Ballydoyle as an unraced 3 year old.

Being a son of Sadler’s Wells he was always likely to attract some attention from breeders particularly as his dam Reprocolour’s family has also bred the likes of Kayf Tara, Cezanne and Opera House.

The Doyles have managed to offer breeders a real option over these years with some nice winners including Wyck Hill, Pedrobob, Ballyagran and Standin Obligation which have all secured that oh so valuable black type.

Some might not remember that Pedrobob won the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival over 2 miles, while Wyck Hill won the 4 mile Eider Chase at Newcastle in February last stamping Pierre as a very versatile sire.

Not being derogatory of the mares that Pierre has covered over the years ( some being my own) but they were not always of the highest quality, so his winners have been all the more impressive for this.

One really noteworthy attribute has been his ability to get stock that improve with age as 6 , 7 and 8 year olds.

Following on the death of Gordon Doyle senior the role of Stud Manager was taken on by Mary’s son Gordon junior about 7 years ago.

Since then the Stud has expanded to meet the ever changing demands of the national hunt breeder by acquiring a second stallion in the shape of Primary. This Group 3 winning son of Giants Causeway was retired as a 5 year old having been also placed in the Group 1 Secretariat Stakes in the USA.

At stud now since 2008 Primary the now 11 year old has had a winner or two on the flat but given his book of mares he will make his mark over jumps once they come of age.

With a sire line including “The Iron Horse” Giants Causeway , Doyle is hopeful that progeny of Primary will be as strong or resilient as that horse was.

Knockmullen House Stud is also home to racing yard with Gordon training his first ever track winner in 2013, with Foritsa winning at Wexford in November.

The yard has seen the installation of an all weather gallop which has made a big difference to the training regime in operation.

Of course training isn’t their only involvement in racing as Andrew Doyle, Gordons brother is an amateur jockey at Paul Nicholls yard in Britain where he is riding both on the track and in point to points.

With a strong family link to Garryrichard and Sunnyhill Stud’s (Denis and Michael are brothers of Mary Doyle) Knockmullen House Stud is immersed in breeding and with in excess of 11 of their own breeding mares they have plenty more stock of both Pierre and Primary to race.

Given their record so far further success is inevitable.

(Photo courtesy of Jennifer O’Sullivan photography)


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