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Tiger Dance Dies Aged 14

SA loses full brother to Giant's Causeway

Storm Cat - Mariah's Storm by Rahy

Tiger Dance (Storm Cat – Mariah’s Storm by Rahy)

Tiger Dance (Storm Cat – Mariah’s Storm), a full brother to Giant’s Causeway and You’resothrilling (the dam of Classic winners Marvellous and dual Guineas winner, Gleneagles), died at his home at Druk My Niet stud near Tulbagh on Thursday, 11 February 2016. He was 14 years old.

Racing Career

Bred by Pacelco S A after Coolmore’s John Magnier purchased his dam Mariah’s Storm for $2.6 million at Keeneland in 1996, Tiger Dance made five outings for trainer Aidan O’Brien – winning his Leopardstown debut on 11 September 2004 by four and a half lengths on his sole start at two. He failed to hit the mark at three, but was stakes placed at 4, finishing 4th in the 1400m Gr3 Ballycorous Stakes and 3rd in the Gr3 1400m Minstrel Stakes.

Stud Career

Tiger Dance was purchased for $500,000 by the Timms family for their Oaklands Stud outside Wellington and commenced stud duties South Africa in 2007. Unfortunately the Oaklands venture ended unsuccessfully and while things were being wound up, a fire broke out on the farm and Tiger Dance moved to Arc en Ciel for the 2008 breeding season.  In 2009, Tiger Dance was purchased by UK businessman David Kerrison and transferred to Kerrison’s Lion River Stud in Tulbagh. Unfortunately that venture didn’t work out either, with both the farm and the stallion being purchased in 2012 by Georg Kirchner, who renamed the stud Druk My Niet.

Progeny

While Tiger Dance is probably best remembered for his first crop produce Gr3 winner Tribal Dance, he maintained respectable statistics from small books.  There are a limited number of 2yo’s, yearlings and weanlings available via Georg Kirchner or Graham Koster.

Kirchner said that Tiger Dance collapsed in his paddock on the morning of Thursday, 11 February 2016 and that an autopsy by the Ceres Veterinary Clinic confirmed he’d died of a heart attack.

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1 comment on “Tiger Dance Dies Aged 14

  1. Paul says:

    Shame never really had a proper chance. Somewhat poor racehorse but with beautiful bloodlines.

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