Media Centre

Plans made for Scarvagh House stallion dispersal

HOMES have been found for most of the eight stallions who stood at Scarvagh House Stud in Northern Ireland, after its owner Alfred Buller announced that the property would cease to operate as a public stud.

Twenty-year-old Generous, whose fee of £4,500 was the most expensive at the stud in 2008, is expected to be the only stallion to remain at Scarvagh House. He will stay on to cover only some of Buller's personal mares.

Larkinglass Farm in Motcombe, Dorset, will be the new home of Helissio and Pasternak. The 230-acre farm is owned by business partners Liz Harrington and chartered surveyor John Moore, who employ Neil Mulholland as a public trainer at the property.

Harrington is no stranger to managing the careers of jumps stallions, having stood the likes of Dubassoff (sire of Dubacilla), Nicholas Bill, Midnight Legend and Sula Bula at Conkwell Grange Stud near Bath with her late husband Don.

Helissio remains the property of Buller, and will stand at £2,500. The fee for Pasternak, who has been purchased by Harrington and Moore, has been set at £1,250.

Harrington said: "We all call Helissio 'The Millionaire', as he won over £1 million in prize money and so have his progeny. He was an exceptional racehorse, and he will likely attract some Flat mares too.

"Pasternak is an excellent prospect — he has a very exciting novice hurdler in Little Josh, who won at Lingfield by 35 lengths last month. His trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies thinks very highly of him."

Clerkenwell has joined Eric Smith, a vet who formerly worked at Scarvagh House, at his Augheronan Stud in Fintona, Northern Ireland. The son of Sadler's Wells will cover thoroughbreds as well as cross breeds, and his fee is on application.

Smith said: "I've always been very fond of Clerkenwell; he had great conformation and from what I've seen of his offspring, he's passing it on. He's only had a few novices run to date, but they're doing quite well and I know he's had a few winners at point-to-points."

Lahib has returned temporarily to his owner Sheikh Hamdan's Derrinstown Stud in County Kildare. Derrinstown manager Jimmy Lenahan said: "A couple of National Hunt studs in Ireland have shown an interest in standing him in 2009, and Sheikh Hamdan is currently considering the applications."

Winged Love will remain at Tullyraine House Stud, while future plans for Desert King and Exit To Nowhere are still in discussion.






King's Theatre £1,143,037
Presenting £1,059,143
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,346
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,982
Midnight Legend £595,809
Stowaway £503,470