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Sadler's Wells is the first horse to be inducted into the ITBA's Hall Of Fame

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  


Sadler's Wells joins
ITBA Hall of Fame

SADLER'S WELLS became the first equine inducted into the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association's Hall of Fame on Saturday night, joining a list of greats including the Aga Khan, John Magnier, and most recently,  Sheikh Mohammed.

The 28-year-old stallion, who was retired last year at Coolmore Stud, was the champion sire in Britain and Ireland 14 times.

Paying tribute to him ina video recorded before the event, economist and bloodstock consultant John Lynam said that before the era of Sadler's Wells "we [in Ireland] were the poor relative of America. He enabled Coolmore to become a world leader."

He added of the stallion's pre-eminent sire son, who also stands at Coolmore: "I believe in Galileo they could have a successor to Sadler's Wells."

Aga Khan

The Aga Khan attended the dinner picking up up an award for his brilliant filly Zarkava

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

While John Magnier, head of Coolmore, was not on hand to accept the stallion's award at the ITBA awards dinner at the Heritage Golf & Spa Resort in Killenard, County Laois on Saturday night, the Aga Khan was present, and he received the award for outstanding three-year-old filly for his Zarkava, who was retired at the end of last season. Soon due for a mating with the Aga Khan's Irish-based sire Dalakhani, Zarkava was also honoured at last year's Cartier Awards, which her owner also attended.

The night was one of celebration, but it began with a sober plea from Joe Foley, chairman of the ITBA, directed at the Irish government.

Arguing that if another industry created "15,000 to 20,000 jobs, all in rural industry, exported most of its product, and was totally green" it would attract government attention, he said of the breeding and racing industry: "We need the government. We ask our political leaders to support this great industry properly".

For more, including a full list of award winners, see Monday's Racing Post.





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