Boardsmill Stud is proud to be serving the Irish & UK breeder since 1935. Many highly successful Sires have stood at Boardsmill in that time and this is a tradition that we hope will continue into the future.
One of the first Thoroughbred Stallions to stand at Boardsmill Stud in the ‘30’s was the French Bred Sire J’Accours. Another French Bred Sire - Trouville, was to join the stallion roster soon after this. A top class racehorse and extremely popular sire - Trouville only lived until he was 13 and from just a few crops, he was the sire of numerous significant winners including Cheltenham Festival winner French Tan, Leading European Miler Red Slipper, Gay Casino, Leap Frog, French Kilt etc. Other sires to stand at Boardsmill during these times were Paddy’s Birthday, Beau Sire, Martial Flame and the well named Light Thrust.
The versatile Chou Chin Chow arrived at Boardsmill in the ‘60’s and during his long stud career, he was the sire of Bronco II (Arkle Chase winner), Chow Mein (Galway Plate winner) and the Champion Showjumper Sportsman.
The 1970’s at Boardsmill started off with the arrival of the Ribot horse Brave Invader in 1970. Like current Boardsmill Sire Court Cave, Brave Invader was an unraced horse out of an Irish Oaks winner. Brave Invader sired some top class horses including black type winners Plundering, Aherlow, Music Be Magic, Erin’s Invader, Don’t Forget etc.
In what was a memorable decade for Boardsmill Sires, the ‘80s kicked off with the replacement of Brave Invader and Chou Chin Chow with the Classic winning Furry Glen in 1983. Furry Glen sired 26 Graded winners of 44 Pattern races. Amongst these were Toby Tobias, Super Tactics, Triple Witching, Strath Royal, Big Matt, Commercial Artist, Change The Act and Abbey Glen. His life was cut short in 1987 at the age of 16 when he died following a massive colic. This was a huge loss not only for Boardsmill Stud but for the National Hunt industry as a whole. Furry Glen’s legacy lived on though and he has proved to be as big an influence as a broodmare sire as he was a sire in his own right. Furry Glen is broodmare sire of a host of black type horses including Grade 1 winners Carlingford Lough, Kingscliff, Like A Butterfly, Kill Devil Hill, Thisthatandtother and Mister Morose as well as Aintree Grand National Winner Comply Or Die and Grade 2 winners Sir OJ, Comply Or Die, Classic Native, Glens Music, Bygones Of Brid and Leinster.
Waiting in the wings at Boardsmill while Furry Glen was making all the headlines was the multiple Group winning son of Tudor Music, Orchestra. The sire of 15 individual Jumps Pattern winners of 46 races, Orchestra will be best remembered as the sire of the ultra-consistent and top class Doran’s Pride who won 20 Pattern Races including 6 Grade 1s, most notably the Stayers Hurdle and was placed 3rd twice in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Orchestra sired the winners of numerous other prestigious chases including Grade 1 winners Rince Ri, Fiddling The Facts, Vanton, Pats Jester, Double Symphony etc. Orchestra has also made a huge impact as a broodmare sire and is responsible for Grade 1 winners Glens Melody, Aran Concerto & Rathgar Beau as well as Grade 1 performers Elegant Escape, Value At Risk, Trustan Times, Whatuthink, Battlecry, Heres Johnny & Bewleys Berry. Other high class progeny of daughters of Orchestra include Grade 2 winners Court Minstrel, Lean Araig and Deireadh Re as well as Scottish National Winner Hello Bud and Midlands National Winner Minella Fourstar.
In the ‘90s, the unenviable task to take over from Orchestra fell to Jurado, a Group 1 winner by Alleged. Sire of Scottish National and Becher Chase winner Hello Bud and Grade 2 winners Swansea Bay and Jurado Express. Jurado was responsible as broodmare sire for Irish Grand National winner Niche Market. Also at Boardsmill in the ‘90s was Semillon (sire of numerous winners from only 4 small crops including LISTED winner Amalfitano).
The new millennium started out with just one sire on the roster at Boardsmill. Woods Of Windsor sired numerous winners on the flat and from relatively small NH crops, he sired a host of winners including the Grade 2 winner Foilldubh. He was replaced in 2004 by current resident sire COURT CAVE. Court Cave made a wonderful start to stud with his first 4 & 5yo runners and has gone from strength to strength since then. In 2008 he was joined at Boardsmill by Champion Racehorse KALANISI. He proved to be an instant success as in March 2008 his 1st crop son Katchit followed up his previous years’ win in the Triumph Hurdle by landing the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.
In 2014 CALIFET was purchased from France to join the Boardsmill roster. He was already a proven sire of a host of pattern race winners in France but had yet to break his duck with a Gr.1 winner. This soon changed and a host of Grade 1 winners and performers have followed since.
MOUNT NELSON was purchased in 2016 and later sired Gr.1 winners on the Flat and over jumps. Sadly Mount Nelson succumbed to a long battle with lymphangitis in 2019 at the age of 15.
Multiple Group 1 winner POET’S WORD joined the Boardsmill roster in 2019 ahead of the 2020 season.