Ireland is recognised as one of the world-leaders in the breeding and racing of thoroughbred horses. Relative to its size, Ireland punches well above its weight, being the largest producer of thoroughbred foals in Europe and the fourth overall in the world.
Behind every successful thoroughbred however, there is a sophisticated industry where the worlds of time-honoured horsemanship and cutting edge science meet to produce some of the fastest horses on the planet.
Presented by Ella McSweeney, Power In The Blood – The Story of The Irish Thoroughbred is a one-hour documentary in association with Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) – the national authority for racing in Ireland.
This production provides a fascinating insight into Ireland’s most successful international sport and the billion-euro Irish thoroughbred industry, visiting some epicentres of the sport including Coolmore Stud, the Irish National Stud, Goffs Bloodstock Sales House, and the Irish Equine Centre.
We also meet some of the industries main players, including Michael Kinane, John Oxx and Johnny Murtagh.
But this business is all about the horses, and so we make sure to visit Europe’s top three stallions; Galileo (the best sire in the world), Invincible Spirit (the Irish National Stud’s most lucrative stallion), and Sea and the Stars (who has produced three Group 1 winners).
A fascinating documentary about a national obsession, Power In The Blood is a must-see for any horse lover.