Intercontinental Strike For Kieswetter’s Barnane Stud

We all remember the smart Cold As Ice

The Kieswetter family has enjoyed a superb start to 2023 with Gr1 victories in South Africa and Ireland, and celebrated further success to end the week on a high with homebred gallopers from their beautiful Barnane Stud in County Tipperary winning on two different continents.

Returning from a four month break after her Galway debut in September, the Barnane bred and raced Frankel daughter Icykel stormed home for trainer Johnny Murtagh to win a 2400m maiden at Dundalk by 3 lengths.

Ridden by Shane Kelly, she stayed on smartly and looks a filly with a bright future.

Cold As Ice (Western Winter) daughter Icykel wins smartly at her second jump (Pic-Supplied)

Icykel is out of the South African-bred Western Winter racer Cold As Ice, a top-class filly who is fondly remembered as a gallant and desperately unlucky loser of the 2015 Gr1 Majorca Stakes on Met Day at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth.

Cold As Ice won five of seven starts in her homeland, including two Gr2 victories, before being exported to race out of the William Haggas yard in the UK. She had four starts overseas, winning once and being placed twice, before injury ended a promising racing career.

“Many South African horseracing fans will remember the beautifully athletic Cold As Ice, a superbly-bred daughter of champion stallion Western Winter. We always had the inkling she would be something special in the paddock and to have her first foal winning at 2400m so early on, is really very exciting!” said Ridgemont Highlands’ Craig Carey.

Longstanding Barnane Stud Manager Patrick Wynn-Jones was equally thrilled with the very exciting broodmare prospect’s early success.

“She has been a pleasure since the day she first arrived here at Barnane. A really strong and beautiful mare, she is every breeder’s dream. Her pedigree page and race record are top drawer. We sent her to Frankel and here she produces a filly who wins over serious ground. I’m over the moon!” he added.

Hours earlier Barnane marked their maiden winner in the USA when 3yo Turf King, a son of Kingman out of the Acclamation mare Sweet Acclaim, won a Maiden Special Weights contest at Gulfstream Park.

Barnane Stud-bred Kingman son Turf King charges home at Gulfstream Park under Tyler Gaffalione (Pic – Supplied)

Owned by Wise Racing LLC he was ridden by Tyler Gaffalione for trainer Chad Brown.

It’s been a terrific few months for the Kieswetters and their international thoroughbred performances!

They also celebrated a dual Gr1 success from their Robertson, Western Cape Ridgemont Highlands paddocks over the recent Cape summer with the smashing Dynasty filly Make It Snappy.

Make It Snappy connections after the Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas success (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Then their fabulous French-bred grey Lil Etait Temps won the Tattersalls Ireland Gr1 Novice Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival just weeks ago to post his Gr1 Sky Bet Supreme Novice Hurdle claims at Cheltenham and join Gr1 winner Echoes In Rain (Mares Hurdle) and Gust of Wind (Triumph Hurdle), with a three-cornered assault on the fantastic four day festival at Prestwick Park.

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