THE PRESTIGIOUS Yorkshire Ebor Festival began this Wednesday and the odds of a horse raised in Limerick running in the Qatar Racing colours there in the future are shortening.
A decision is expected by Limerick City and County Council on Qatar Bloodstock Ireland’s planning application at Spring Lodge, Manister, Croom next Wednesday, August 27. Mentioned in the same breath as Coolmore and Godolphin, Qatar Racing was formed in 2011 by Sheikh Hamad, Sheikh Suhaim and Sheikh Fahad Al Thani - a branch of the Qatari Royal family. They have invested tens of millions in horse racing and the bloodstock industry. It is their first Irish stud farm in a burgeoning property portfolio.
Qatar Bloodstock, or Qartar as it is listed on the council website, have moved quickly since buying the 100 acres for just over €1m last September. Within weeks of the purchase an application went in for the demolition of existing farm buildings but to retain existing farm entrance from public roadway for the purpose of a new farm yard development. This was granted early this year.
Then at the beginning of July planning permission was sought for the development of an equine stable yard with 14 stables, six foaling boxes, seven bay loose shed, fodder storage barn, manure storage building, soiled water tank, lunge arena, covered walker, tack room, vet’s office, feed room, and all ancillary services.
The application includes for improvement to existing farm entrance by way of improvements to sight distances, gates etc; necessary improvement works to the existing foul sewerage system for the existing dwelling house, self-contained accommodation and for facilities in connection with the stable yard; demolition and replacement of a portion of the existing dwelling house to the rear of the current renovated dwelling house and replace same with a self contained dwelling for accommodation in connection with the adjacent stable yard.
The decision is due next week.
Qatar Bloodstock Ireland Limited was set up in January of this year. The company’s current directors are listed as Ger Lyons, David John Luke Redvers and Peter Molony
Last year, Mr Redvers, who manages Qatar Racing and Pearl Racing on behalf of Qatar’s ruling Al Thani family, told The Irish Field: “Some of the best studs in Ireland are in the Croom area and this will enable us to keep bloodstock in Ireland.”
There are seven or eight farms in a cluster that have produced group or grade one winners in the last four or five years. There is Rathmore Stud, Islanmore, Manister House, Caherass House, Roundhill, Ballyphilip, Croom House
The planned investment is seen as a major vote of confidence for Limerick and its quality of land,