Irska was secured privately for £18,000 after showing potential in an Irish p2p race. Irska finished 3rd at Dromahane, “the top Irish p2p racecourse”, seven lengths behind Banner Rebel who made £175,000 at the sales. Irska was just two lengths behind the second placed horse, which sold for £70,000.
We purchased Irska before the first and second placed horses went to the sales. It’s fair to say this son of Arcadio, who came from a part time trainer, would be out of reach if we tried to secure him now.
Irska is very well bred and comes from a good family. His dam, is a half-sister to the useful 3m2f chase winner Captain Americo and 3m1f chase winner, Emma Jane who was trained by Willie Mullins. Both horses won plenty of prize money and stayed strongly.
Irska stands at 16.2h. He’s a big strong horse that will have no problem running on bad ground. Pedigree and build suggest, Irksa is going to be a three-mile chaser in the making. He’s a lovely long-term prospect that could develop into a smart staying type.
Irska will be trained by Jamie Snowden.