Ballymacoll Stud, Dunboyne Co. Meath – on 294 acres


A world renowned Stud Farm with a recent history of producing 30 individual Group 1 winners.

For Sale as:
Lot 1 – Main Farm on 269 Acres with Manager’s Residence, Staff Accommodation, 56 Boxes and Ancillary Buildings.
Lot 2 – Isolation Farm on 25 Acres with 3 bedroom bungalow and 6 Boxes/Hay Shed.
Lot 3 – The Entire on 294 Acres.
By Public Auction on Tuesday 27th June at 3pm in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin 2.

The property consists of 294 acres with extensive road frontage and more than 1 ½ miles of internal,tarmacadam roadway.
Manager’s House with 3 reception rooms.
4 bedrooms (2 en-suite) and 1 bathroom.
3 Bedroom Front Lodge Bungalow.
2 Bedroom Back Lodge and 1 bedroom flat in yard.
Main Yard with 34 stables, a 12 stable foaling unit, Yearling Yard with 10 stables, feed house and hay store.
Next to the main yard there is an 8 bay hay barn with 8 lean-to’s off it.
Farm yard with a 2 bay cattle shed and large dungstead.
Isolation yard on 25 acres, with a 3 Bedroom Bungalow, 6 box stable yard with feed house and hay barn.

Features & Additional Information

At the entrance is the magnificent old gate lodge (in great repair but uninhabitable), the beech hedge lined drive leads through the railed paddocks with mature trees to the main yard (1 mile).
There can be few more wonderful settings for a stud.
The main yard has 34 boxes, tack room, feed room and large 2 storey office together with a flat in need of renovation.
Adjacent is the Manager’s House providing a very comfortable 4 bedroom property.
Beyond this there are 2 foaling units consisting of a total of 12 boxes.
In this area there is also a 6 horse walker and a large ménage.
Off the front drive is the Yearling yard which comprises 10 stables, feed house and hay store.
A 3 bedroom bungalow is close to the Front Entrance.
There is a secondary drive entered past the Back Lodge with its 2/3 bedrooms.
Between this lodge and the main yard is the farmyard providing cattle sheds and a dungstead.
In addition there is an isolation yard which sits on its own 25 acres beyond the Back Lodge with a 3 bedroom bungalow and 6 box yard with a feed house and hay barn.
The paddocks are all stud railed with water connected.
There is an internal tarmac road which runs through the stud from the Front to Back Lodge. In addition there are other tracks in the woodland and between the paddocks.
All in all Ballymacoll Stud is the epitome of the classic stud with its various yards, managers house, staff accommodation, railed paddocks, mature trees and an enviable track record of producing countless top class winners.

Ballymacoll Stud traces its roots to Ballymacoll Estate which was founded by Henry Hamilton (1760-1844). It remained in Hamilton hands until 1911 when it was sold to Lord Nugent. Other owners and tenantsfollowed 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 Queensborough and Pauline (Daughter of William C. Whitney). She owned the Stud until her death in February 1960 at the age 54. Despite owning the Stud, Dorothy Paget never actually visited the stud herself.
The Stud was the birthplace of the famous racehorse Arkle.
Sir Gordon Richards had been Dorothy Paget’s principal jockey and trainer right up to the time of her death. He was instrumental in persuading the then 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 stud farm together with approximately 130 horses was £250,000. Charlie Rogers who had managed the Stud for Dorothy Paget was the first manager under the Sobell-Weinstock regime.
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. He laid down a policy of breeding from a limited number of top class mares with the Classics as the main target. Tragically Simon Weinstock died in May 1996 at the age of 44. Lord Weinstock himself passed away in July 2002.
Ballymacoll, having been under the management of Peter Reynolds for 45 years, currently comprises of 294 acres of land, all stud railed with 62 stables included in 4 yards. It is interesting to note all the current band of 18 brood mares are descended from the mares that were part of the package bought in 1960. 12 are descended from
Country House (1955) and 6 are descended from Sunny Gulf (1951).
Ballymacoll Stud, under the presentownership, has bred a total of 30 Group 1 winners of 55 Group 1 races including
the Classic winners of 2000 Guineas (2001-Golan), Derby (1979 -Troy and 2004-North Light), The Oaks (1983-Sun
Princess), St. Leger (1983-Sun Princess and 2008-Conduit), Irish 2000 guineas (1995-Spectrum), Irish Derby (1979-Troy) and Irish Oaks (1985-Helen Street). Also the Breeders Cup Fillies and Mares Turf (2003), Breeders Cup Turf (1996, 2008 and 2009), Coronation Cup 1992, Champion Stakes (1967,1995 and 1997), Dewhurst Stakes (1966 and 1988) Eclipse Stakes (1997), Grosser Preis Von Baden (1976 and 1996), Irish Champion Stakes (1997), Japan Cup (1997),
King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1979 and 2002), Melbourne Cup (2013), Sussex Stakes (1967 and 1972), Yorkshire Oaks (1983, 1990, 2002 and 2003).


From the M50 at Junction 6, take the M3 exit to Cavan. Continue on M3 following signs for Cavan and at Junction
5 take the R157 exit to Dunboyne/Ratoath. At the roundabout take the first exit on to R157 Dunboyne, after 0.2
miles at the roundabout take the second exit and stay on the R157. 1 mile further on at the roundabout take the
second exit staying on the R157. After 0.8 miles at the next roundabout take the second exit and stay on the
R157. After 0.6 of a mile the Stud entrance will be seen on the right hand side.