There is a growing trend of retiring horses to stud after just their two-year-old season, so before they have truly proved themselves, and Prince Of Lir, who won a Beverley maiden in May, the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes in June, and then finished unplaced in three starts, is one of the latest.
I reviewed the pedigree of Ballyhane Stud's new recruit after his Ascot success and the big update since then is that Donnerschlag (by Bahamian Bounty) won the Group 2 Goldene Peitsche. That colt, a half-brother to the Group 3 Round Tower Stakes third De Boss Man (by Dandy Man), is out of Dame Hester (by Diktat), a stakes-placed half-sister to the grandam of Prince Of Lir.
His winning dam, Esuvia (by Whipper), is a half-sister to the pattern scorer Resplendent Glory (by Namid) and the blacktype horses who appear under branches of the fourth generation of the family feature the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas heroine Platinum Witness (by California Dane).
Prince Of Lir is one of a growing number of sons of Kodiac (by Danehill) taking up stallion duties – Adaay, Coulsty and Kodi Bear are also new for 2017 – and he looks likely to be very popular in his new role.
PRINCE OF LIR (IRE) – b.2014 – Kodiac – Esuvia, 2 wins inc Norfolk Stakes (Gr2). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2018.
Sire of Stallions