Coolmore Partners

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Circuit: UK, Ireland and US
September 5, 1980
Ireland – America – Australia
UK, Ireland and US
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About Coolmore

Coolmore partners The dominance of the European and indeed worldwide racing scene by the partners at the Coolmore breeding farms and its associated Ballydoyle training centre in Ireland has been one of the most striking aspects of the thoroughbred ndustry over the last twenty years. When John Magnier took over full control of the Coolmore breeding operation from his father-in-law, the great trainer Vincent O’Brien, and the Vernons Pools magnate Robert Sangster, he set in motion the further expansion of a racing empire that had been built on the foundations of super-stallion Saddlers Wells, the progenitor of so many of the world‘s best horses over the last three decades.

With partners Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, Magnier saw Galileo win the Derby before going on himself to become the dominant force in international middle-distance breeding, while incredible success on the racecourse with the likes of Dylan Thomas Choisir, Giant’s Causeway, Duke of Marmalade, High Chaparral, Pour Moi, and Rock of Gibraltar (to name but a few) have seen the Coolmore stud farms expand worldwide, now taking in Coolmore America, in Kentucky, U.S. and Coolmore Australia in New South Wales. The policy of the Coolmore partners to acquire the best mares available and keep their best racemares to mate with their own top stallions has seen an almost unequalled run of racecourse success in Europe under the guidance of their great trainer Aidan O’Brien, while other Coolmore stars have been brilliantly handled by French training legend Andre Fabre and by some of the best trainers in the U.S as well.

Coolmore has clearly proved more successful overall on the international scene in the last decade than its main rival Godolphin, and its patron Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai. Competition between the two powerhouses of international racing has sometimes been very fierce and there was an extended periods when the two parties where at daggers drawn, resulting in O’Brien sending very few runners to compete in the Dubai World Cup. That period has now passed, but while Coolmore’s star has continued in the ascendant, Godolphin has been dogged by relative failure on the racecourse (when compared to the vast sums of money invested by Sheikh Mohammed), as well as a series of much publicised scandals that have dragged the Godolphin name through the mud.

Galileo remains the king of thoroughbred stallions with a full book of mares visiting every season at undisclosed rates; some reports suggest his fee is not less than £250,000 covering fee per mare [1]. When doing the maths and seeing that Galileo covers not less than 200 choicely bred mares a season and is only one of dozens of stallions on the Coolmore roster, it doesn’t take a star mathematician to understand that the Coolmore empire is a massive multi-billion dollar business that underpins so much of European and international racing and breeding.

Going forward, Coolmore has expanded its strength in depth to its international territories, standing such great stallions as Haradasun, So You Think, Encoste De Lago and Oratorio, while top names at its U.S. breeding centre include Fusaichi Pegasus, Cape Blanco, Tale of the Cat and Scat Daddy. A number of its best Irish-based stallions also shuttle to the southern hemisphere, taking advantage of the different breeding seasons that allow the cash tills to continue ringing all year round.

For a punter it is worth considering when rating horses to consider a great breed from a stable like Coolmore, partnered with a great trainer and then start analyzing the individual horse performance stats.