When the globe-trotting Highland Reel crossed the line in front in the G1 Hong Kong Vase on December 10, he brought an end to an extraordinary career that has spanned over four seasons.
The victory also made him the top European-trained earner of all time. Owned by Coolmore and trained by the legendary Irishman Aidan O’Brien, Highland Reel has captured the hearts of racing fans in seven different countries. He is estimated to have travelled more than 180,000 kilometres during his career, making four trips to Hong Kong, three to the USA, three to France, two to the UAE, one to Australia, and many to the UK, from his base in Country Tipperary, Ireland.
Highland Reel now starts his second career as a stallion at Coolmore Stud in Ireland.