Byrne’s are excited with their new stallion Lake Michigan at Park House Stud.


One of the most difficult actions in the breeding industry is to get a new young stallion recognised by mare owners as an option for their band of broodmares.

Park House Stud based in Tullow , Co Carlow has just set out on that route with the classically bred 4 year old Lake Michigan.

The unraced son of Montjeu was owned by Michael Tabor and trained during this time by Aidan O’Brien. With Montjeu already the sire of such notable racehorses and stallions as Authorised, Motivator, Pour Moi, Hurricane Run and Scorpion the chances are that we are going to have another name or two coming into the stallion ranks before too long to follow on in the Sadler’s Wells mould.

Its when you glance down at Lake Michigan’s dam line that an even more recognisable line appears with his grand dam, Urban Sea leaving behind Galileo and Sea The Stars. Both of these horses were champion 3 year olds, Group 1 Epsom Derby winners and now successful sires. Lake Michigan’s dam Cherry Hinton is in fact a Green Desert half sister to both of these horses in addition to being closely related to Black Sam Bellamy and Urban Ocean.

So from this vantage point Lake Michigan lacks absolutely nothing on his pedigree page. Standing at 16.2 the bay son has a Green Desert and Miswaki as his broodmare sire line, which is very much sought after.

While unraced himself he is already a full brother to two winners with his year older full sister Wading winning the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes and Bracelet, a two year old winner in 2013 has entries for Ballydoyle in this seasons fillies classics the Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks and the 1000 Guineas.

Paddy Byrne and his Park House Stud has been synonymous with national hunt racing and breeding for many years, with the Co Carlow based  stallion master having been associated with such well known stallions as Mandalus, Celio Rufo and Montelimar etc.

Both Mandalus and Montelimar were highly sought after in the modern era with many pedigree pages upgraded with both horses having sired multiple festival winners at Cheltenham, Aintree, Fairyhouse and Punchetown.

With in excess of 15 mares of their own, Paddy and his son Harry have bred many track and point to point winners over the years.

Park House Stud is currently in its sixth generation of Stallion masters and with 40 mares already booked in they are just waiting on the first positive scans to launch a whole new exciting era at their Co Carlow based Stud.


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