Workforce popular in his first season at Knockhouse Stud
Son of King's Best returned to Europe from Japan this year
An exciting addition to the National Hunt stallion ranks in Ireland this year came courtesy of the return of 2010 Derby hero Workforce from Japan to stand at Knockhouse Stud in County Kilkenny.
Workforce's new custodian, Knockhouse Stud owner Sean Kinsella, reported during the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale this week that the ten-year-old son of King's Best has been in strong demand since his homecoming.
"He's been popular and is well liked," said Kinsella. "He covered a book of around 120 mares this year. We were encouraged to see him get about ten Flat mares as well."
Derby winners proved their mettle as jumps sires at this year's Cheltenham Festival as Authorized supplied two winners including Stayers' Hurdle scorer Nichols Canyon, while High Chaparral was responsible for Arkle hero Altior and Sir Percy was on the mark with Presenting Percy in the Pertemps Final.
That run of success came as no surprise to Kinsella.
"Any horse that can win a Derby has to be very useful," he noted. "There is great competition in the race, and an ordinary horse just won't win it. Then they do well as jumps sires because they have proved they can get a trip."
Among the mares covered by Workforce this year were a Presenting sister to Troytown Handicap Chase winner Riverside City; Cluain Easa, an Accordion half-sister to dual Grade 1-winning hurdler Classified; and Excellerator, a maiden winner on the Flat by Exceed And Excel.
Reflecting on the strong trade across the two-day Derby Sale, Kinsella said: "There's plenty of negativity with Brexit and this, that and the other, so it's good to see some positivity.
"The point-to-point boys had a good year and they seem to be reinvesting this week."
Workforce stands alongside Derby runner-up Libertarian, multiple Group 1 scorer Notnowcato and Prince Flori and September Storm.