The first foal by the Gr.1 Classic winning Flag Of Honour has been born at Wayne and Sarah Clifford’s Byerley Stud.
The colt is a half-brother to triple winner Meine Stute, from the family of Gr.3 Darley Stakes winner Far Lane and the Gr.2 Summer Mile scorer and dual Gr.1placed Arod
Ian Bradbury of Byerley Stud said “He’s a very strong, attractive colt with plenty of size and quality. We are delighted with him and he is undoubtedly a great advert for the stallion”.
A tough and consistent stayer, Flag Of Honour won or was placed at Group level on 9 occasions throughout his career. He proved a very talented two-year old for the Ballydoyle team when winning a maiden in eye-catching style before capping off his juvenile career with victory in the Gr.3 Eyrefield Stakes at the Curragh.
National Stud Managing Director Tim Lane said “We are thrilled to hear great reports on the first foal by Flag Of Honour. He is a stunning horse himself and we have no doubt he will pass this on to his stock. The Clifford’s are renowned breeders under both codes so it is great to have his first foal on the ground there. It is great news for the National Stud and of course Flag Of Honour owner Mr. Trevor Hemmings.”
Flag Of Honour progressed to a high-class three-year old and cemented himself as an exciting Classic prospect when defeating the older horses in the Gr.2 Curragh Cup before victory in the Gr.3 Irish St. Leger Trial.
His crowning moment came the Classic Gr. 1 Irish St. Leger when after a tenacious front running effort, he extended from the field to win in impressive fashion from Gr.1 Irish Derby hero, LATROBE and achieving a Timeform rating of 122.