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Skelligs Tiger

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Brindle, born: 19XX-XX, hight: XX cm, weight: XX kg

Skelligs was bought lightly raced in Ireland and joined John Copplestone at Portsmouth in late 1984. In only his second trial, Tiger seriously jarred a wrist and was laid off for six months.
The long awaited debut saw an eight length win in A5. Upgraded, he then won an A1 followed by an open. He continued in similar company for the reminder of his short career. His successes included the 1985 Skol Cup over 435 yards at his home track where he beat Seamans Hope by two lengths in 27.05 for the 438 meters. he also finished runner-up in a Scurry Consolation.

Tigers greatest triumph was achieved on July 19 1985. In the heats of the Jack Daniels Plate, Tiger led from trap to line to equal Yankee Express´s 438 track record. Two hours later, Tiger contested the Daniels Final and smashed the record by sixteen spots in 26.63. The wrist problem re-occurred and Tiger returned to Ireland and barely three years of age. He stood at stud at Frank O´Regan´s Cashel kennel alongside his sire Bold Work.

This litter also included Curryhills Fox and Curryhills Brute. Curryhills Fox broke the Dunmore 435 track record and was heavily used at stud before dying early. Brute only served a few tiches before his export to Australia. Among his excellent early paced Irish offspring, from only a dozen litters, were the first (Nans Brute), second and fifth in the 1989 Scurry Gold Cup. (Lissadell Tiger finished third). Brute has done well in Australia and now as sons at stud, notably Brutess.

Tigers stud Career  as at least the second, if not third string from the Bold Work/Lemon Soda litter, Skelligs was very lightly used at stud. In the five years after his first pups were born (Jan 1986), he averaged only 14 litters per year.
It gradually became obvious that Skelligs was an exceptionally talented an versatile stud dog. Take him a bitch who should produce sprinters and he would deliver sprinters, ditto middle distance runners, stayers and even marathon performers.
By 1990/91 Irish breeders were finally bringing along decent numbers of bitches and despite an infection that left him temporarily infertile, Tiger has grown in reputation ever since. Without doubt one of the best stud dogs of his time. With no Sand Man blood, he remains one of the best alternative routes to the Lemon Soda line.

Updated: 2000-02-10