Stud Island

Features | 20th July 2017

Which Love Island lad is which UK top stallion?

After last night’s parenting challenge episode of Love Island, where the couples had to take care of crying plastic babies for four hours, we thought it only fitting to see how the boys match up to some of the world’s top sires.

These stallions have produced multiple Group One winners and some of the best racehorses in the world, the boys at Love Island have a lot to live up to in the future!


Marcel – Galileo

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The much loved Marcel is everyone’s go to guy for advice ‘paging doctor Marcel’; being slightly older than the others at 31 this makes him the wisest of the lot (maybe).

This reminds us of stallion Galileo who has been the champion sire in the UK for over eight years and is now 19 years of age. Much like Marcel he’s a bit of a ladies man and will cover around 190 mares a year.

He’s a laid back horse, much like chilled out Marcel, that’s now a prominent part of the thoroughbred breed, featuring in a huge number of pedigrees. As the breeders say ‘he’s 100% my type on paper’.

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One of Galileo’s many offspring is Frankel who is an absolute superstar and reminded us a lot of Love Islander Jamie!

Jamie describes himself as ‘thoughtful’ and ‘laid back’ but does have a competitive side. This matches up perfectly with Frankel who, according to his groom, has always been laid back and sensitive but has an air of arrogance about him and a fieriness that’s made him so unstoppable on the track.

Definitely some similarities here but the success of Frankel is unlikely to be matched as he won every race he contested and earned over £2 million on the track.


Chris – Invincible Spirit

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Chris is the lovable farm boy of the Island and got rather swept up in all the baby fever! He was quite the doting father in the parenting challenge this week and he even got emotional.

This reminded us of another great father, Invincible Spirit, who has sired many successful racehorses and quite a few are sires themselves, although Chris is quite a way from being a grandfather! Chris has said he’s got a ruthless side and a desire to win, something Invincible Spirit definitely has and has passed on to his offspring.

There’s also something about his name we thought matched Chris pretty well! We do hope that nobody takes a leaf out of Chris’ book and names a foal Cash Hughes (Chris named his plastic baby Cash Hughes)!

Alex – Charm Spirit

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Another father and son pair here as Charm Spirit is one of Invincible Spirit’s many children, although Chris and Alex are definitely not related!

With this boy’s smooth lines and charming nature we couldn’t think of any better horse than Charm Spirit.

Charm Spirit is a new sire and his progeny are still only a year old and will begin to race next year, we can’t wait to see how they all get on! As for Alex it might be a good idea for him to wait a few years before having any of his own children after sneaking off with Montana last night!


Kem – Dubawi

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Our final lad has matched to another fantastic stallion, Dubawi, who is one of the top sires in the UK.

He was a brilliant racehorse winning five of his eight races and has now become the father of 30 Group One winners. Although, we think it best for Kem to stick to the plastic babies for now!

Much like Kem and all his famous friends and clients from his hairdressing days, Dubawi has a famous friend of his own. He was ridden in all but one of his races by Frankie Dettori, one of the world’s best-known jockeys, having ridden over 3000 career winners.