KYLLACHY, the Champion sprinter and leading sire, has been retired from covering after suffering fertility problems. The 19-year-old son of Pivotal has been a mainstay at Cheveley Park Stud since his retirement to Stud in 2003.
Bred by Wheelersland Stud, and raced by Thurloe Thoroughbreds, he was trained by Henry Candy. Despite winning on his debut as a 2 year old he was not seen at his best until his 4 year old campaign. His first Group victory came in the Group 3 Palace House Stakes, before going on to take the Group 2 Temple Stakes by 4 lengths. His finest hour came in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes when, from a seemingly impossible draw, he showed breath-taking acceleration to cut down his rivals inside the final furlong; a performance that led to his jockey that day, Jamie Spencer, describing it as: ‘like driving a Ferrari against Minis’.
KYLLACHY took up stallion duties at Cheveley Park Stud in 2003, at an initial fee of £7,500, and immediately proved very popular with breeders. He was leading British based first season sire, and regularly sired over 100 individual winners in a season. His best progeny was the multiple Group 1 winner, Sole Power, who followed in his father’s footsteps, by winning the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes on two occasions. He also sired the Group 1 winners Twilight Son and Krypton Factor, as well as the tough and durable Group 2 winners Penitent, Arabian Gleam, Tariq, Dragon Pulse and Stepper Point. He once again showed his ability to sire sprinters of the highest order when his daughter, Heartache, ran away with the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot earlier this year.
KYLLACHY also enjoyed notable success in the sales ring with his stock, and breeders who patronised him were regularly rewarded with handsome profits. His top priced yearlings made 480,000 guineas, 320,000 guineas, 300,000 guineas and 270,000 guineas.
KYLLACHY will now enjoy a happy retirement at Cheveley Park Stud, where he will see out the rest of his years.
Managing Director, Chris Richardson, said ‘Kyllachy has been a true flagbearer for Cheveley Park Stud over the years, with his stock having been embraced by owners and trainers alike. His record speaks for itself, having produced tough, genuine and competitive horses at every level, and we are fortunate and delighted that Kyllachy’s legacy lives on in his highly talented, dual Group 1 winner, Twilight Son.’