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Sweet Wall


Sweet Wall is the name of our stud but it originally was the name of a racehorse. From the famous non-thoroughbred "Dark Eyes" family, she was a multiple winner including 13 consecutive wins. The Irish Cambridgeshire was amongst her victories. Through her daughter Solerina, she is an ancestor of the Solerina who raced so successfully over hurdles a few years ago.
She belonged to Charles L MacKean, father-in-law of Mrs Patricia MacKean and, therefore grandfather of Georgia Stubington. This tradition of owning and breeding thoroughbreds continued through Charles's son George MacKean who owned amongst others, the filly Scarf. However, after the war with bloodstock prices just beginning to rise George Mackean decided to give up ownership and it wasn't until 1985 the family got back into thoroughbred breeding again.
Florida Son was the first TB stallion purchased for the new venture and what a servant he has proved to be getting the Irish Champion chaser Florida Pearl. Florida Pearl retired a Euro millionaire in winnings and the first horse to win 4 Hennessey Gold Cups at Leopardstown. It has been a delight to be the breeder of a horse of his stature and wonderful to get to know his connections. Its everybody’s dream to breed a champion and the chances of doing it again are probably remote, however if horse breeders didn’t dream they would give up!
Posidonas followed Florida Son only to die at 14 years just as he began to prove himself as a sire of National Hunt Horses and Eventers. The very good-looking Shareefstood at Sweet Wall before continuing his stud careen in the Republic of Ireland.
Over the years other stallions have been Sweet Wall residents, Classic Memory, Law of the Wise and Arc Bright, all of whom are now deceased but not forgotten.

Soldennis - winner of the Irish 2000 Guineas

Soldennis - winner of the Irish 2000 Guineas in ? bred by Charles Louis MacKean.

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