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History of the Stud

Ballymacoll Stud in County Meath, Ireland, is located in the townland of Ballymacoll, approximately 2 miles from the village of Dunboyne and 4 miles from the town of Maynooth.

 

Ballymacoll in 1910
Ballymacoll in 1910

Ballymacoll Estate was founded by Henry Hamilton (1760-1844). It remained in Hamilton hands until January 1911, when it was sold to Lord Nugent. Other owners and tenants followed, including Boss Croker, the trainer, the Inchcape family, and the Irish Army (during World War II)

 

In April 1946 the property was purchased by the Hon. Dorothy Paget, daughter of Lord Queenborough and Pauline (daughter of William C. Whitney). She owned the stud until her death in February 1960 at the age of 54. Despite owning the stud, Dorothy Paget never actually visited the farm herself, but she did from time to time receive detailed reports, illustrated with photographs.

 

Dorothy Paget and Gordon Richards
Dorothy Paget and Gordon Richards
Michael Sobell
Michael Sobell

Sir Gordon Richards had been Dorothy Paget's principal jockey and trainer, right up the time of her death. He was instrumental in persuading the then Mr. Michael Sobell, the industrialist and philanthropist (later Sir Michael Sobell), and his son-in-law, Sir Arnold Weinstock, Managing Director of G.E.C. (later Lord Weinstock) to buy the farm in June 1960. The price agreed for the 300 acre farm, together with approximately 130 horses was £250,000.

 

Following the purchase, horses surplus to requirements were sold at the Newmarket sales. Charlie Rogers, who had managed the stud for Dorothy Paget, was the first manager under the Sobell-Weinstock regime, and he laid down a policy of breeding from a limited number of top-class mares, with the Classics as the main target, and that brief has continued under his successors.

 

Charlie Rogers
Charlie Rogers
Simon and Arnold Weinstock

In 1974 Lord Weinstock's son, the
Hon. Simon Weinstock became a partner in Ballymacoll with his father. Simon took a very active role in the running of the stud and took particular responsibility for the matings. Tragically Simon Weinstock died in May 1996 at the age of 44.

 

Today Ballymacoll, having been under the management of Peter Reynolds for 43 years, comprises of 300 acres of land, all stud railed with 60 stables included in 4 yards.


The main yard was totally overhauled in 1998.
It is interesting to note that 90% of the Ballymacoll mares are descended from those mares purchased from Dorothy Paget 50 years ago.

 

Peter Reynolds
Peter Reynolds

In 2010 Ballymacoll Stud celebrated 50 years of business under the ownership of the Weinstock & Sobell families. In this time Ballymacoll has produced 27 individual Group 1 winners of 51 Group 1 races.

Dick Hern
Dick Hern
Michael Stoute
Michael Stoute

Included are 2000 Gns (2001), Derby (1979 & 2004), Oaks (1983), St Leger (1983 & 2008), Irish 2000 Gns (1995), Irish Derby (1979) and Irish Oaks (1985). Twenty of these individual Group 1 winners have been in the care of legendary trainers Major Dick Hern and Sir Michael Stoute.