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Tale Of The Cat (1994 – 2024)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ashford’s elder Statesman - Tale Of The Cat at the age of 30, due to the infirmities of old age.

The winner of the 1997 Gr.2 Kings Bishop Stakes when partnered by Julie Krone for John Forbes & Phantom House, Tale Of The Cat was bred in Kentucky by Indian Creek, Philip Freedman & Hugo Lascelles Farm. Enjoying an illustrious stud career, he was responsible for over 100 Stakes winners worldwide including three-time Eclipse Award winner Gio Ponti.

“Tale Of The Cat was a brilliant servant, he was a wonderful stallion and has turned into a very good broodmare sire, he was a great horse to get a young mare off to a good start. Tale Of The Cat has been at Ashford for 25 years, so was very much part of the family, he was a great character who was loved by all and I would like to thank Richard Barry and all of his staff past and present who cared for him over the years both during his stud career and during his retirement.” Dermot Ryan