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Tico

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Black, born: 1984-02, hight: XX cm, weight: 33 kg

Tico´s track career kicked off with 16.88 and 29.30 wins at Clonmel. He joined Slough´s Arthur Hitch and won first time out at Harringay in 28.47. After a 24.13 win at Romford, he was entered in the 1985 Laurels. Unfortunately, he was knocked over at the first bend - it would be the only race where he failed to finish in the first three.

After a winter break, he returned for Harringay´s Pall Mall. Just caught first time out, he went unbeaten through the remainder of the competition. In the final, he clocked 28.45 and beat his "cousing" Hot Sauce Yankee by 2 3/4 lengths.
Tico´s next appearance was in the qualifying round of the 1986 Mirror Derby. He reached the final with one defeat on his card - going down by half a length to Fearless Action in the second round.
Tico turned the tables in the semis when clocking his fastest run of the competition, 28.72. In the decider, Tico led home kennelmate Master Hardy by 5 1/2 lengths in 28.69. Eight weeks later, Tico arrived at Shelbourne for the Irish Derby. he again reached the final with only one defeat, in the second round.
His three winning times of 30.37, 30.48 and an incredible 30.06 (three spots outside the track record) in the semis, guarantied that Tico would start at 4-5 to become the only dog ever to win both English and Irish.
From trap three - he was a wide seed in Britain but drew the inside three boxes throughout the Irish Derby - Tico was left cod as Kyle Jack shot clear. Tico set off in pursuit but first and second bend skirmishes with Murlens Slippy ruined both their chances.
Tico finished third, six lengths behind the 30.41 winner. After the race, it was discovered that Tico had picked up a wrist strain. There was nothing left to prove, but connections were determined he would go out on a winning note.
A month later he won a Harringay 475 m invitation in 28.45 (.10), more than four lengths faster than the Oaks final on the same night. He was retired with a race record of 23 races 17 wins, 4 seconds, 1 third and 1 K.0.

A real enigma as a stud dog and in some ways so very similar to his sire. His enthusiasm for racing was not matched in the breeding paddocks though, to be fair, he has more matings than many other dogs in entire careers.

Tico´s offspring are an interesting bunch. Although he has thrown a St Leger winner, the vast majority of the fast ones, have good early pace. When you hit the jackpot with Tico, the sky´s the limit. Unfortunately, the quality does not appear in abundance and Tico has only once reached the sire´s top 20 chart (number 10) - in 1990.

Updated: 2000-02-10