Top New Zealand Filly Euthanized Following Accident

Outstanding Australian Tale of the Cat 3 year-old Taatletail was euthanized Feb. 24 after injuring herself in a barn accident.

Taatletail could not be saved after suffering severe leg injuries at the Waikato stables of her co-trainers, Graeme Rogerson and Stephen Autridge.

She was owned by Rogerson and partners Brian Foster, Peter Glover, Russell Just, Dean McLuckie, and Paolo Meo.

Rogerson staffer Denise Howell said the barn was devastated by the accident.

"Everything possible was done to save her," Howell said.

Taatletail had won six of her eight starts and was scheduled to limber up for a Sydney campaign at Auckland's Ellerslie oval this Saturday.

The daughter of Faltaat won group III races in her third and fourth starts before taking New Zealand's 1,000 Guineas (NZ-I) at 1,600 meters last November. She was subsequently second behind Soviet Star colt Russian Pearl in the Bayer Classic (NZ-I).

In her first start this year, Taatletail provided a large clue to her chances in the Australian Oaks (Aust-I) in easily taking the step up to 2,000 meters to win the Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (NZ-II) on Feb. 7.

Taatletail was produced from Defensive Lady, by Defensive Play.

Tale of the Cat worked a single season at New Zealand's Windsor Park in 1999, the Storm Cat son returning to Coolmore's Australian division four years later.

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