Sadler's Wells (horse)
Sadler's Wells was a thoroughbred racehorse, bred in the United States but raced in Europe, winning the 1984 Irish 2000 Guineas, Eclipse Stakes and Phoenix Champion Stakes. He finished second in the Prix du Jockey Club and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, he was named the champion miler in France, was rated sixth overall in the International Classification for 1984. Despite his success as a runner, it is as a sire, he was the leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland a record-setting 14 times, including 13 titles in a row. At the time of his death, he had sired 323 stakes winners—only Danehill, operational across both hemispheres, sired more. Sadler's Wells was a notable sire of sires, including Galileo and Montjeu in Europe, El Prado in the United States, he helped reverse a trend from the middle of the twentieth century where many of Europe's most successful racehorses were exported to stand in the United States and Japan. Sadler's Wells was white socks on his hind legs, he was bred in the United States by Robert Sangster's Swettenham Stud and raced under Sangster's name.
Sangster was part of the original Coolmore partnership team with Tim Vigors and trainer Vincent O'Brien joined by John Magnier. They became active in the North American yearling auctions starting in the mid-1970s, purchasing such notable horses as The Minstrel, Golden Fleece and El Gran Senor, the latter whom they were part breeders of, creating a high demand for the offspring of Northern Dancer and Nijinsky. By the early 1980s, they were noted for paying millions of dollars for the right yearling, entering in bidding duels with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of DubaiIn 1976, Sangster, O'Brien and Magnier made one of their most important purchases for only $40,000 —a yearling filly by the little known stallion Bold Reason, she was named Fairy Bridge and trained by O'Brien in Ireland, where she became the champion two-year-old filly of 1977. Fairy Bridge was related to a number of outstanding horses trained by O'Brien including Thatch, Marinsky and Apalachee. In 1980, Fairy Bridge was sent back to America and bred to Northern Dancer, the most successful sire of his era..
Sadler's Wells was her first foal. She would also produce National Stakes winner Tate Gallery and successful breeding stallion Fairy King; the colt was sent into training with Vincent O'Brien at Ballydoyle. Throughout his racing career, Sadler's Wells had a characteristic running style, galloping with his head at an unusually high angle, he was a well balanced horse with good tactical speed standing 16 hands high. As a sire, he was noted for his laid-back, good-natured temperament, a trait he passed on to many of his offspring. Sadler's Wells made his first appearance in September at Leopardstown Racecourse when he ran in a seven-furlong maiden race; the colt started the 1/2 favourite in a field of sixteen runners. He was always among the leaders and drew away from his opponents in the straight to win by six lengths from Cyrano. Three weeks he was moved up in class for the Group Three Beresford Stakes at the Curragh. Racing over one mile on soft ground led from the start and won by six lengths from Cerussite.
In the International Classification, he was given a rating of 78, ten pounds behind the top-rated two-year-old El Gran Senor, owned by Sangster and trained by O'Brien. On his first race as a three-year-old, Sadler's Wells met El Gran Senor on the racecourse for the first and only time, when he finished second to his stable companion in the seven-furlong Gladness Stakes at the Curragh. Frank McNulty, head of BBA Ireland would comment, "I remember seeing him at the Gladness Stakes—when he walked into the ring I thought he looked magnificent though he was only the second string." Sadler's Wells next won the ten-furlong Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial and was brought back in distance for the Irish 2,000 Guineas over one mile. In a contested finish, he won from the French-trained Procida and the favourite Secreto; the O'Brien trained Capture Him, whom Eddery chose to ride in preference to Sadler's Wells, finished fourth. The one-mile St. James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot was named as the colt's next target, but instead he was moved up in distance for the Prix du Jockey Club, a race O'Brien had won the previous year with Caerleon.
Sadler's Wells took the lead in the straight but was overtaken in the closing stages and beaten one and a half lengths by Darshaan, with Rainbow Quest in third. In July, Sadler's Wells was the only three-year-old in a field of nine runners for the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park; the Irish colt took the lead in the straight and held off the challenge of the mare Time Charter to win by a neck. The winner was praised for his "battling" and "determined" performance against more experienced rivals; that month, Sadler's Wells ran second to Teenoso in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, finishing ahead of Tolomeo, Time Charter, Sun Princess, Darshaan. Sadler's Wells failed to reproduce his best form when fourth in the Benson and Hedges Gold Cup at York but returned to the track two weeks for the inaugural running of the Phoenix Champion Stakes, the most valuable race run in Ireland; the colt took the lead from the Irish Oaks winner Princess Pati two furlongs from the finish and held the late challenge of Seattle Song to win by three quarters of a length.
His success took his prize money for the season to £384,114. At the time, this was the fourth-highest single-season total for any horse trained in Britain or Ireland, behind Troy (£408,424 in
Cashel, County Tipperary
Cashel is a town in County Tipperary in Ireland. Its population was 4,422 in the 2016 census; the town gives its name to the ecclesiastical province of Cashel. Additionally, the cathedra of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly was in the town prior to the English Reformation, it is part of the parish of Rosegreen in the same archdiocese. One of the six cathedrals of the Anglican Bishop of Cashel and Ossory, who resides in Kilkenny, is located in the town, it is in the civil parish of St. Patricksrock, in the historical barony of Middle Third; the town is situated in an area of rolling pastureland in the province of Munster. It is located off the M8 Dublin to Cork motorway. Prior to the construction of the motorway by-pass, the town was noted as a bottleneck on the N8 Dublin to Cork route. Bus Éireann operates an expressway service between Cork which calls at Cashel. Bus Éireann route 128X provides a link to Portlaoise via Urlingford; the Shamrock Bus Company operates a Thurles to Clonmel route via Cashel.
Cashel used to be served by a railway, the Cashel spur line, now closed. The nearest railway station is Cahir, 17 kilometers away; this station is on an infrequently serviced line, but is useful if travelling east to/from Waterford. The most convenient and serviced rail station for Cashel is Thurles as this is on the Dublin-Cork InterCity rail line; the nearest airports are Cork Shannon Airport, both of which are around 80 km away. Dublin Airport is located 150 km away, is the most accessible and convenient; the Rock of Cashel, to which the town below owes its origin, is an isolated elevation of stratified limestone, rising abruptly from a broad and fertile plain called the Golden Vale. The top of this eminence is crowned by a group of remarkable ruins. Known as Fairy Hill, or Sid-Druim, the Rock was, in pagan times, the dun, or castle, of the ancient Eoghnacht Chiefs of Munster. In Gaelic, Caiseal is the name of several places in Ireland; the "Book of Rights" suggests the name is derived from Cais-il, i.e. "tribute stone", because the Munster tribes paid tribute on the Rock.
Here Corc, grandfather of Aengus Mac Natfraich, erected a fort. Cashel subsequently became the capital of Munster and, like Tara and Armagh, it was a celebrated court. At the time of St. Patrick, when Aengus ruled as king, Cashel claimed supremacy over all the royal duns of the province. In the 5th century, the Eóganachta dynasty founded their capital around the rock. Many kings of Munster have reigned here since. Saint Patrick is believed to have baptised Aengus. In 977 the Dál gCais usurper, Brian Boru, was crowned here as the first non-Eóghanacht king of Cashel and Munster in over five hundred years. In 1101 his great-grandson, King Muirchertach Ua Briain, gave the place to the bishop of Limerick, thus denying it forever to the MacCarthys, the senior branch of the Eóganachta; the bishops had a famous school in Cashel and sent priests all over the continent to Regensburg in Germany, where they maintained their own monastery, called Scots Monastery. The Synod of Cashel of 1172 was organised by Henry II of England.
The Synod sought to regulate some affairs of the Church in Ireland and to condemn some abuses, bringing the Church more into alignment with the Roman Rite. It has been suggested that the seventh act of the Synod called upon the clergy and people of Ireland to acknowledge Henry II of England as their king. However, a careful reading of the seventh act would not support this interpretation. There is little doubt that the King's purpose in requiring the convocation was to overawe the Irish clergy with a display of his power. In this scenario, the convocation would be viewed as a pretext for the show of strength. St. Dominic's Abbey, a Dominican monastery, was established in 1243. On 30 December 1640, Cashel was captured by an Irish force under Pilib Ó Dubhuir of Dundrum and his brother Donnchadh Ó Dubhuir, they inhabitants. The following day, 15 prisoners were killed as revenge for earlier atrocities against the Irish. In 1647, during the Irish Confederate Wars, the town was stormed and sacked by English Parliamentarian troops under the 6th Baron Inchiquin.
Over 1,000 Irish Catholic soldiers and civilians, including several prominent clerics, were killed in the attack and ensuing massacre. About 450, Saint Patrick preached at converted king Aengus; the Tripartite Life of the saint relates that while "he was baptising Aengus the spike of the crozier went through the foot of the King" who bore with the painful wound in the belief "that it was a rite of the Faith". According to the same authority, twenty-seven kings of the race of Aengus and his brother Aillil ruled in Cashel until 897, when Cerm-gecan was slain in battle. There is no evidence that St Patrick appointed a Bishop of Cashel. St Ailbe, it is supposed, had fixed his see at Emly, not far off, within the king's dominions. Cashel continued to be the chief residence of the Kings of Munster until 1100, hence its title, "City of the Kings". Before that date, there was Archbishop of Cashel. Cormac MacCullinan is referred to, but not as Archbishop of Cashel, by writers, he was a bishop, but not of Cashel.
The most famous man in Ireland of his time, but more of a scholar and warrior than an ecclesiastic, Cormac has left us
The Champion Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs, it is scheduled to take place as part of British Champions Day each year in October; the event was established in 1877, it was held at Newmarket. The inaugural running was won by Springfield. By the end of the century it had been won by five Classic winners; the present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, the Champion Stakes was classed at the highest level, Group 1. The race was included in the Breeders' Cup Challenge series in 2009 and 2010; the winner earned an automatic invitation to compete in the Breeders' Cup Turf. The Champion Stakes was transferred to Ascot in 2011, it became. It now serves as the middle-distance final of the British Champions Series. With an increased prize fund of £1,300,000, the Champion Stakes was Britain's richest horse race in 2011; the status was reclaimed by The Derby in 2012. Dam of two winners: Kind- Frankel Noble Mission Horse racing in Great Britain List of British flat horse races Paris-Turf: "1978".
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