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Bloodstock Desk: Baldwins move stud operation to County Westmeath.

BALLYKISTEEN STUD in County Tipperary has been closed for business due to impending commercial development, writes Rachel Pagones.

The stud's stallions - Aboo Hom, Charmer, Dernier Empereur, Gothenburg, In Command, King's Ironbridge, Lapierre, Manndar, Mutinyonthebounty, Reprimand, Swallow Flight, Takarian, Tamarisk, The West and Vision Of Night - and managers John and Rose Baldwin have transferred to Bracklyn Stud in County Westmeath.

The stud property had already been split and a golf course developed on half of it, and 30-odd houses are now under construction alongside the golf course, according to John Baldwin.

"It [the stud] was at the stage where it needed serious capital investment. We only had it leased," he said.

The Baldwins are now leasing Bracklyn Stud, a 1,000-acre property with 200 boxes that is "reasonably close" to Dublin.

While the Baldwins enjoy a renaissance of sorts in their spacious new setting, one of Bracklyn's inhabitants is going through his own rejuvenation process.

That is Tamarisk, the top-class sprinter whose well-publicised fertility problems pushed him out of a brief stud career with Coolmore and back on to the racecourse in both the US and Europe, before he finally landed in the Baldwins' hands. In the last 12 months, Tamarisk has regained his fertility and is set to cover a full book of 60 mares this year. His first foal of 2004, a colt, is already on the ground.

No matter how well Tamarisk fares, though, plans are to keep his book limited. "I'm a cautious kind of guy," said Baldwin.

"I'm not going to fall into a trap where he covers 150 mares and he starts firing blanks. After all the hard work, I don't want him going the wrong way."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 22, 2004
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