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Coolmore Stud

Coolmore Stud, established in 1975, is the world's largest breeding operation of Thoroughbred racehorses. It is based in Fethard, County Tipperary in the Republic of Ireland.

It was originally a relatively small farm dedicated to general agriculture, but came into the Vigors family in 1945 when a training operation was established there. It was inherited by Tim Vigors, famous fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain and in the Far East. Having left the air force, he firstly joined Goffs bloodstock auctioneers before setting up his own bloodstock agency in 1951. He moved to Coolmore in 1968 and began transforming it into the well known stud farm which it is today.

Vigors went into partnership with his friend Vincent O'Brien, a leading racehorse trainer, and Robert Sangster, the Vernons pools magnate. He later sold his interest to O'Brien and his son-in-law, John Magnier. Eventually, Magnier became sole owner, and built the farm into a multi-national, multi-billion-euro operation. The original farm is now known as Coolmore Ireland, and now has three branches—Ashford Stud, which operates as Coolmore America, near Versailles, Kentucky; Coolmore Australia, near Jerrys Plains in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales; and Coolmore National Hunt (aka Castle Hyde Stud) in Ireland, which specialises in breeding for National Hunt racing. With operations in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, Coolmore has many "shuttle stallions" that cover mares in either Ireland or Kentucky in the northern breeding season and are transported to Argentina & Australia for the southern breeding season.

John Magnier's attention to detail and eye for excellence is to be seen in the layout of paddocks and barns with the most modern facilities available for the nurturing of the thoroughbred. Under his stewardship, the operation continues to flourish as the leading operation of its kind.

At the Fasig-Tipton Florida auction in February 2006, Coolmore Stud paid a world record $16 million for a Florida-bred two-year-old colt in training. Named The Green Monkey, he was sired by Forestry who in turn was sired by Storm Cat, the longtime leading sire in North America.

Coolmore launched a new official website detailing its Irish, US, Australian, and National Hunt rosters in August 2009.


Stallions standing at Coolmore (2010)


  • Ad Valorem (Ireland)
  • Aussie Rules (Ireland and Australia)
  • Choisir (Ireland and Australia)
  • Danehill Dancer (Ireland and Australia)
  • Encosta De Lago (Australia)
  • Excellent Art (Ireland and Australia)
  • Footstepsinthesand (Ireland)
  • Ivan Denisovich (Ireland)
  • Lion Heart (USA and Australia)
  • Majestic Warrior (USA)
  • Oratorio (Ireland and Australia)
  • Powerscourt (Ireland)
  • Strategic Prince (Ireland)
  • Tale of the Cat (Australia and USA)
  • Thewayyouare (USA)
  • Van Nistelrooy (USA)

National Hunt

  • Bach
  • Brian Boru
  • Flemensfirth
  • Milan
  • Mountain High
  • Oscar
  • Septimus
  • Turtle Island
  • Vinnie Roe


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