THE dam of dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Kauto Star was put down on Saturday in France at the age of 16.
Kauto Relka had injured her spine in a paddock at her breeder Henri Aubert’s stud farm near Le Lion d’Angers in western France.
"It has been a dream ride and it is a shame it ends like that but I have been very lucky with her," Aubert said in a report on frogsracing.com.
"She gave me 13 foals in 14 seasons. She was barren once only because the sire she was supposed to visit got a problem."
Kauto Relka was produced by a mating of Port Etienne and Kautorette. She never raced but found fame as a broodmare.
Her visit ten years ago to Village Star, who ran fifth in Tony Bin’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 1988, produced a bay colt later named Kauto Star and who to date was won 18 of his 31 starts and earnings of £1,785,974.
Her ninth foal, Kauto Stone, won at Auteuil last Friday, while she is survived by two daughters, ten year old Kauto Relstar, given by Aubert to his children, and eight year old Kauto Karolyna, by Village Star, who has a Priolo yearling at Aubert’s farm.
She also has a two year old daughter by Bonbon Rose in training in France, a filly foal by Byzantium and a Priolo yearling due to be offered at Arqana’s Deauville October sale.