Account of LITTLE AVONDALE STUD, Masterton.

(The property of C. R. Grace)



Foaled 3rd October 2000

Bay C


F 539

Branded: nr sh; 0 over 0 off sh

Tale of the Cat* (USA)


Storm Cat

Storm Bird

Northern Dancer




Mr. Prospector

Raise a Native


Honest Pleasure



Straight Strike*

Mr. Prospector

Raise a Native

Bend Not

Never Bend



Sir Gaylord

Young Ida



TALE OF THE CAT (USA) (Bay 1994-Stud in USA 1999, NZ 1999). 5 wins from 7f to 8½f, US$360,900, Saratoga King's Bishop S., Gr.2, 2d Saratoga Whitney H., Gr.1, 3d Belmont Vosburgh S., Gr.1-twice. Half-brother to 2 SW inc. Minardi (Newmarket Middle Park S., Gr.1) and to the dam of SW Johannesburg (Breeders' Cup Juvenile S., Gr.1). Out of a sister to SW Preach, dam of SW Pulpit.  His oldest NZ-bred progeny are now yearlings.   


1st dam

PARADISO, by Straight Strike*. 4 wins at 1200m, 1400m, WRC Old Bailey H., Marton JC Keith Taylor H., 2d ARC Answer Services H., 3d Wairarapa & Carterton RC Memphis Meltdown H., 4th Wairarapa RC Hutt Valley Cartage Breeders S., L. Half-sister to Hone. This is her first foal.


2nd dam

Amythest, by Amyntor*. 6 wins from 1400m to 2400m, Marton JC Jarden Corporation H., 2d Wellington H., L, 3d WRC Gloaming S.H., L. Half-sister to LIFE BEGINS, Edwina (dam of COACHWOOD). Dam of 6 named foals, 4 to race, 3 winners, inc:-

Hone (Grosvenor). 2 wins at 1400m, 2000m, Waikato RC Grayson Ottaway H., 2d ARC New Zealand Derby Trial S., L, More FM H.

Amarula. 3 wins from 1300m to 1600m to 2000-01, Hawke's Bay Tommo's at the Lodge H., 2d Manawatu RC Newstalk ZB H., Levin RC Central Pacific Finance H., 3d Otaki Maori RC Lion Brown H.


3rd dam

YOUNG IDA, by Oncidium*. Top filly on The 1971-72 3YO Free H. 13 wins-1 at 2-from 1100m to 2400m, Great Northern Oaks, Gr.1, New Zealand Oaks, Gr.2, WRC Desert Gold S., Gr.2, Manawatu RC Awapuni Gold Cup, Gr.2-twice, Manawatu Challenge S., Gr.3, WRC Thompson H., L, Manawatu RC Century S., L, 2d Wellington Oaks, Gr.2, Wellington S., Gr.3, HBJC Ormond Memorial Gold Cup, Gr.3-twice, 3d VATC Caulfield Cup, Gr.1, Wellington Guineas, Gr.2, New Zealand Derby, Gr.2, WRC Harcourt S., Gr.3, Cuddle S.H., Gr.3. Half-sister to Young Margot (dam of JUST ANYTHING). Dam of 4 foals, all raced, 2 winners, inc:-

LIFE BEGINS (Hermes*). 6 wins from 1400m to 2000m, BATC Bernborough H., L, QTC Windsor Welter H., 2d Qld Tatt's RC Tattersall's Cup, Gr.3.

Amythest (Amyntor*). 6 wins. See above.

Edwina. Unplaced. Dam of-

COACHWOOD (Bakharoff*). 6 wins from 1600m to 2500m, A$331,315, VRC Crown Quality H., Gr.2, Murray Bridge Gold Cup, L, 2d WATC St Leger, L, 3d VRC Crown Quality H., Gr.2.


4th dam

YOUNG MARGARET II*, by Gilles de Retz. 3 wins-1 at 2-at 5f, 7f in GB and NZ, Feilding JC Denbigh H. Dam of 7 foals, 4 to race, 3 winners, inc:-

YOUNG IDA (Oncidium*). 13 wins. See above.

Young Margot. 4 wins from 1400m to 2200m. Dam of-

JUST ANYTHING (Truly Vain). 13 wins from 1200m to 2150m, Oakbank RC Onkaparinga Cup, L, 3d WRC Captain Cook S., Gr.1.