Beat Hollow: set to continue his stud career at Ballylinch StudPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Ballylinch snaps up Beat Hollow from Juddmonte
JUDDMONTE sire Beat Hollow, a son of Sadler's Wells who has been turning heads with his jumps progeny, has been sold to stand as a dual-purpose stallion at Ballylinch Stud in County Kilkenny.
Ballylinch lost a leading jumps sire son of Sadler's Wells in King's Theatre when he succumbed to colic last year aged 20.
A Juddmonte homebred out of Irish Oaks heroine Wemyss Bight, Beat Hollow was saddled by Sir Henry Cecil to finish third behind Sinndar in the 2000 Derby before winning the Grand Prix de Paris.
Transferred to Bobby Frankel in America, Beat Hollow added Grade 1 wins in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, the Manhattan Handicap and the Arlington Million to his cv.
Wemyss Bight is also the dam of Court Cave, an unraced son of Sadler's Wells whose early jumps progeny include smart pair Champion Court and Whodoyouthink, and she is a half-sister to the dam of exciting young French jumps sire Martaline.
Beat Hollow was retired to Juddmonte's Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket and has proven he is capable of siring high-class performers on the Flat, including Prix Marcel Boussac scorer Proportional and last year's easy Great Voltigeur winner and Breeders' Cup Turf runner-up Sea Moon.
Beat Hollow's attributes as a jumps sire became obvious in the last year, with Sadler's Wells sons so in demand with breeders in that sphere, his son Battle Group winning a Grade 3 handicap hurdle at last year's Aintree Grand National meeting and other sons Cinders And Ashes and Hollow Tree stamping themselves as high-class young hurdlers this season.
Cinders And Ashes won the Grade 2 "Supreme Trial" Novices' Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday.
Beat Hollow will cover a limited book at Ballylinch at a fee of €6,000.
Juddmonte general manager Philip Mitchell said: "Beat Hollow was both a good friend to us on the racecourse and since his retirement to stud in 2003. However he is now 15 years old and with an increasing interest being shown by National Hunt breeders it seemed only right to give the horse everyopportunity to succeed as a dual-purpose stallion.
"Ballylinch had sadly lost their stallion King's Theatre, also by Sadler's Wells, and are a very well managed and successful operation where I am quite certain Beat Hollow will be given every opportunity to continue his success at stud."