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    Ballylinch has bred or consigned 17 Group 1 Winners

    Ballylinch Stud is one of Europe’s leading thoroughbred racehorse breeding operations. Owned by John and Leslie Malone, and located on the banks of the River Nore just outside the village of Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ballylinch’s rich limestone land is the ideal setting for nurturing the champion racehorses of tomorrow.

    Overseen by John O’ Connor MRCVS for the past three decades, Ballylinch Stud’s state of the art facilities, experienced staff and top class bloodstock have ensured our place at the helm of the thoroughbred industry for over a century. From breeding to foaling, and sales preparation to pre-training, we ensure that every equine resident is given the chance to realise their full potential as a racehorse.

    Also under the stewardship of John and Leslie Malone are Ballylinch’s sister farms Castlemartin Stud in County Kildare and Bridlewood Farm in Florida.


    Exceptional Residents

    From The Tetrarch to Lope de Vega, Ballylinch has been a source of excellence for many generations of Irish breeders. Our roster of 5 stallions were all champions on the track, headed by the world class Lope de Vega –  sire of over 200 stakes horses and Group 1 winners on 4 continents.

    As well as having a long and proud tradition of standing top-class stallions, Ballylinch Stud is also renowned as a outstanding nursery. The stud consigns foals and yearlings at the major sales in Ireland, England and France each year, featuring both our own stock and those of clients. We have also been the source of many top-class thoroughbreds, including three Breeders’ Cup winners and numerous Group 1 winners, including Classic winner Forever Together, Al Wukair, Belardo, Aunt Pearl and Chriselliam.