THE Aga Khan Studs’ dual Derby winner Harzand has been sold and will continue his career at Kilbarry Lodge Stud in Co Waterford.
Harzand retired to Gilltown Stud in 2017 after having won the Epsom Derby and Irish Derby.
This year amongst his representatives on the flat is progressive three-year-old Mostly Cloudly, who last month won his fifth consecutive race of 2022, and consistent four-year-old Soapy Stevens, a dual winner this season.
Also among Harzand’s first crop four-year-olds, the David Pipe-trained Kolisi won three hurdle races in quick succession this April, while Gaoth Chuil has won once and placed three times in bumpers here.
Meanwhile Harzand’s third crop got off to a good start when Aga Khan-bred two-year-old filly Kayhana made a winning debut over seven furlongs at Limerick in early June.
Pat Downes, Aga Khan Studs director in Ireland, said: “Harzand has sired some useful individuals from his initial crops conceived at Gilltown Stud, the oldest of which are now four-year-olds.
“However, in recent years he has predominately been supported by the National Hunt division and now moves to Con O’Keeffe’s Kilbarry Lodge Stud where I am sure he will continue do very well, given he has stock yet to race out of some talented National Hunt race mares and broodmares.”
Con O’Keeffe, owner of Kilbarry Lodge Stud, said: “We are thrilled to acquire a horse of the calibre of Harzand for Kilbarry Lodge Stud. A dual Derby winner by the sensational Sea The Stars, he has the physical attributes, race record and pedigree that Irish breeders want in a National Hunt Stallion.
“I have been in touch with Pat Downes over the past few years regarding purchasing this horse and my interest in the horse was strengthened on seeing the quality of his foals at the last two years of National Hunt foal sales.
“A tough, talented racehorse who achieved a Timeform rating of 126 when winning the Epsom Derby, in conjunction with great bone and presence, Harzand has all the qualities to be an exceptional National Hunt stallion.”