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Ballyclare Stud farm boasting Royal links goes on the market for £2m

By John Mulgrew

Published 17/11/2015

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen’s horse: Aureole

A Co Antrim horse stud farm with Royal links has gone on the market for £2m.

The 22-acre farm in Ballyclare includes a five-bedroom farmhouse, stables, outbuildings and tracks, along with other land.

Craigs Stud was being run by Susan Clyde, and has been in business for the last 50 years.

Its best known stallion was Silver Cloud. The chestnut horse, which raced in the 1960s and 1970s, was the son of Aureole - which was owned by the Queen and which raced home to second place in the Epsom Derby in 1953, the same year as the Queen's Coronation.

As a three-year-old in 1953, Aureole won the Lingfield Derby Trial before finishing second to Pinza in both the Epsom Derby and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He reached his peak as a four-year-old in 1954 when he won his last four races.

Silver Cloud's biggest success came in 1962, when he won the Chester Vase.

The bulk of the stud farm's lands are included in a housing zone as part of the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan.

No-one from Craigs Stud or OKT, the commercial property firm selling the property, was able to comment.

It comes after a huge 165-acre site outside Ballyclare was snapped up for an undisclosed sum by English property firm Neptune Group. The land has permission for 1,800 new homes.

London-based Neptune owns the Linen Green Shopping Centre in Dungannon, Co Tyrone.

It is understood the Ballyclare site was formerly owned by KPL Contracts, run by Kevin Lynch.

That company is thought to have bought the site for £55m but no price has been given for the latest transaction.

The land had been put on the market by estate agency Simon Brien in August.

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