THE County Limerick stud farm which once played host to President Richard Nixon has been sold to Qatari interests.
The 300-acre Kilfrush Stud which was founded in the early 1980s, has been sold to David Ryan of Aran Bloodstock, representing Qatari interests.
David Ryan manages the racing and breeding interests of Qatari Mubarak Al Naemi, who owns high-class sprinter Hamza and last year’s Royal Lodge Stakes third Al Waab.
Kilfrush Stud, which is located outside Hospital on the Knocklong Road, recently sold all of its stock, including Coronation Stakes and Prix Jacques le Marois heroine Immortal Verse, her dam and her offspring, to US investors Charles Noell and John Moores.
The decision to wind down Kilfrush Stud, which bred around 80 stakes winners, was taken after the death of a major shareholder last year.
Brendan Hayes, managing director of the operation since its inception, said in an article on the Racing Post: “It was a great privilege to work with such wonderful people; great winners and great losers too, always fun to be around.
“We kept around 18 to 20 mares and generally raced in France, selling the colts and retaining the fillies. Robert Collet was the principal trainer and did a superb job.
“Kilfrush is a farm with a great pedigree for producing winners and a truly beautiful one too. I would like to wish the buyers luck and success in their new venture over the coming years.”
In 1970, the 37th President of the United States of America, Richard Nixon stayed at Kilfrush House. Prior to his arrival, security men checked every bit of the house including wardrobes and cupboards. Nixon was treated to the best of Irish food with a menu that included Irish smoked salmon, Clew Bay Oysters, Aran scallop soup, consomme with sherry, steamed Comeragh salmon with Hollandaise sauce, Cecilstown pigeon crust pie, boiled Limerick bacon and cabbage, fillet of Irish beef and baked potatoes.