Mount Nelson to stand at Boardsmill Stud in 2017

Mount Nelson: will be a dual-purpose sire at the operation

Mount Nelson to stand at Boardsmill Stud in 2017
By Zoe Vicarage 4:19PM 26 OCT 2016

MOUNT NELSON, a dual Group 1 winner and sire of Group 2 scorer Berkshire, has been purchased by William and John Flood's Boardsmill Stud in County Meath to take up stallion duties as a dual-purpose sire for the 2017 breeding season.

The 12-year-old previously stood at Newsells Park Stud and the deal was brokered by Barry Lynch of Kern Lillingston Bloodstock.

A son of Rock Of Gibraltar, Mount Nelson was trained by Aidan O'Brien to win the Group 1 Criterium International and the Group 1 Eclipse Stakes.

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Since retiring to stud he has supplied five Group winners including Royal Lodge Stakes winner Berkshire, German Group 2 winner Boscaccio and Pric de Pomone heroine Highlands Queen.

More recently Mount Nelson has had made his mark in the jumps sphere with the Willie Mullins-trained Penhill winning a Grade 3 novice hurdle earlier this month and three-time novice hurdler Allee Bleue.

John Flood said: "We had been following Mount Nelson's progress at stud for quite a while and when I went to see him I was hugely impressed. He is a real good-looking imposing individual with great presence and is the most fantastic walker.

"His strike rate with his Flat runners and his stakes winners/runners statistics are up there with some of the leading Flat sires. His progeny are tough and improve with age, so it is no surprise to see plenty of them making their way into the big National Hunt trainer's yards. It is also very encouraging that there seems to be no bias between his colts and his fillies with over half of his stakes performers being fillies."

Julian Dollar, general manager of Newsells Park Stud added: "Although we are sad to say goodbye to Mount Nelson, we are delighted that he is going to Boardsmill Stud where he will get every opportunity to cover a strong book of mares.

"Mount Nelson has been a good servant to Newsells Park, producing 32 Group and stakes performers to date, including seven Group or stakes winners this year alone.

"He has proven himself a producer of top-class juveniles like Royal Ascot winner Berkshire and Purr Along, sprinters like Ninjago and Librisa Breeze and Classic and Group 1 performers like dual Oaks placed Volume. He can produce the most magnificent looking, athletic horses and I have no doubt he will receive great support with William and John Flood at Boardsmill."

A fee for Mount Nelson will be announced at a later date.

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