It has been announced by Tattersalls that they will be handling the Ballymacoll Stud dispersal, described as one of Europe’s most important dispersal sales of recent times.
Since it’s purchase by the Weinstock family 57 years ago, the County Meath-based stud has tasted success at the highest table.
The historic cerise silks have been carried to Group 1 glory by no fewer than 30 of it’s thoroughbreds, including two Derby winners in the shape of Troy and North Light.
Conduit, handled by one of the stud’s biggest trainers Sir Michael Stoute, was the last of their horses to win at the pinnacle of the sport.
Out of Well Head, who also produced Group 2 winner Hard Top, he signed off with his fourth Group 1 win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf in 2009 under Ryan Moore.
The dispersal will include 50 lots comprised of 14 mares, 16 fillies and colts in and out of training, and nine yearlings and nine foals.
Peter Reynolds, Ballymacoll’s General Manager, said: “It has been a privilege to have overseen the Ballymacoll Stud racing and breeding operation on behalf of the Weinstock family for 45 years.
“We have enjoyed so many truly wonderful days on racecourses throughout the world and I am enormously proud of what the team at Ballymacoll Stud has achieved over the years.
“To have owned or bred the winners of the Derby, the Oaks, the 2000 Guineas, the St Leger, the Irish Derby, the Irish Oaks, the Irish 2000 Guineas, the Melbourne Cup, the Breeders’ Cup Turf, the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf and the Japan Cup all in the last 50 years, is a magnificent tribute to the commitment of the Weinstock family and all associated with Ballymacoll Stud.”
One of the most high-profile mares to go under the hammer will be Islington, a multiple Group 1-winner over a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half.
We have enjoyed so many truly wonderful days
She is currently in foal to Juddmonte’s Kingman, a top-class miler whose first crop of yearlings are this year.
The dispersal will commence at Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale and will come to a close at the December Sale.
“For more than 50 years the famous pale blue silks of Ballymacoll Stud have been a symbol of sporting excellence throughout the thoroughbred world and Tattersalls is honoured to have been entrusted with the Dispersal of such an outstanding collection of bloodstock,” added Tattersalls Chairman, Edmond Mahoney.