Video highlights of the notable new names in the Irish ranks
Stars such as Decorated Knight and Churchill were on show
A host of top-class performers have retired to stud in Ireland this year, and at this month's ITM Stallion Trail a number of new recruits to the ranks were on show.
We spoke to David O'Loughlin of Coolmore Stud about the appeal of seven-time Group/Grade 1 scorer Highland Reel and why he is an important addition to the operation's roster.
Also joining Highland Reel on the Coolmore roster for 2018 is Churchill, the dual 2,000 Guineas hero who will stand for a fee of €35,000 in his first season at stud.
Completing the trio of new faces for Coolmore this year is Caravaggio, the Group 1-winning sprinter who is by the late Scat Daddy. O'Loughlin gives us the lowdown on why it is important for that outstanding sire's legacy to be carried on.
There's not one, but two sons of Scat Daddy new to the Irish ranks for 2018 and the other can be found at Yeomanstown Stud alongside the operation's linchpin Dark Angel. He is multiple Graded winner El Kabeir and Yeomanstown's Robert O'Callaghan told us more.
Three-time Group 1 hero Decorated Knight is new to the Irish National Stud in 2018 and, blessed with a beautiful pedigree, there's a lot of excitement around him beginning his second career.
Invincible Spirit is joined on the Irish National Stud roster by his Group 1-winning son National Defense, an impressive four and a half length-winner of the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at two.
Finally, Glenview Stud has welcomed an exciting new recruit to its ranks is Karpino, a son of Cape Cross whose dam is a sister to top-class jumps sire Milan.