Tagula flies the flag for Twomeys

A 12-year-old stallion called Tagula keeps the names of Sean Twomey and Hawthorn Villa Stud high in the latest news from the sport of kings.

In 1997, the Innishannon-bred stallion became the only horse in racing history to win both the Prix Morny and July Stakes, two coveted European Grade 1 races.

Going to stud with a reputation for toughness and ability, Tagula is one of the stars of the Rathbarry Stud at Fermoy, with an impressive three out of four of its offspring being winners or placed horses.

Tagula put the Twomeys on the thoroughbred map with its 1997 racecourse exploits, and again in 2001 when it became the leading second crop sire in Great Britain and Ireland, and last year, when he was the third most successful sire of two-year-olds in Great Britain and Ireland, with 39 winners.

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