After weeks of speculation, it has been confirmed that Queen Elizabeth II, is to visit the National Stud outside Kildare town during her official visit to Ireland during May, writes Conor McHugh.
While all details to the times and the exact date of her visit are being kept under wraps for security reasons for the time being, the Queen, who is considered to be on of the leading breeders worldwide will have much to interest her at the National Stud.
And there’s a 102 year old link to the Stud.
Speaking to the Leinster Leader, the Stud’s manager John Osborne explained that the last horse owned by the royal family to win the Epsom Derby was Minoru which was raised on the Tully estate, which is now the Irish National Stud.
Minoru won the 200 Guinneas race in 1909 in the colours of King George V.
“We’re delighted to be included on the itinerary,” Mr. Osborne noted.