Aidan O’Brien, his family and a number of world-class racehorses have escaped unhurt after a fire blazed at his Ballydoyle yard late on Wednesday night.
The blaze, which began around 10pm, is thought to have originated in an upstairs bedroom of O’Brien’s house but thankfully for the champion trainer the emergency services were quick to answer the call and the fire was extinguished.
The roof of the family house is believed to have been extensively damaged according to reports in The Independent although it did not spread into the yard.
Luckily neither O’Brien, his family or his horses were injured in the fire and an investigation into what exactly started it is expected to begin on Thursday (today) although the cause fire is not believed to have been suspicious.
The County Tipperary yard is home to some of the most famous flat-horses in the world including the exciting three-year old Camelot, Breeders’ Cup hero St.Nicholas Abbey and former Ascot Gold Cup winner Fame and Glory but to name a few.
As well as being home to the best racehorses in the world Ballydoyle also facilitates the Coolmore stud operation, the biggest breeding operation of thoroughbred racehorses in the world.
Horses such as Galileo, Yeats, High Chaparral, Dylan Thomas and Rock of Gibraltar are just some of the studs on roster at Ballydoyle.