WA breeding industry shocked by sudden death of popular Darling View sire I’m All The Talk

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Claire Dawson with I’m All The Talk.
Camera IconClaire Dawson with I’m All The Talk. Credit: Ann Croucher/Ann Croucher

The WA breeding industry has been rocked by the sudden death of one of the State’s most promising stallions.

I’m All The Talk, the sire of champion two and three-year-old Watch Me Dance, was found dead in his paddock at Darling View Thoroughbreds in Mundijong on Thursday.

The cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

Bought from Mungrup Stud in 2020, I’m All The Talk has covered more than 200 mares at his new home and burst on the scene through the deeds of former brilliant filly Watch Me Dance.

The son of Stratum was WA’s champion two-year-old sire and first-season sire in 2019-20 and champion second-season sire and champion three-year-old sire in 2020-21.

He has also produced Melbourne stakes winner All Banter, prolific WA winner The Spruiker, Billy Ain’t Silly and Em Tee Aye.

Darling View’s Brent Atwell said the stud was devastated.

Watch Me Dance powers to victory in the WA Guineas for jockey Shaun McGruddy. Picture: Simon Merritt/Western Racepix
Camera IconWatch Me Dance powers to victory in the WA Guineas for jockey Shaun McGruddy. Credit: Simon Merritt/Western Racepix

“It’s absolutely tragic not only for Darling View, but for the whole industry,” Atwell said.

“We’re still coming to terms with it.

“He was just starting to make his mark in WA and we thought his career was just going to take off.

“In this game you experience the highest of highs and lowest of lows and this is one of the lows.”

Prominent Sydney trainer Gary Portelli, who prepared I’m All The Talk to victory in the Group 3 Skyline Stakes at Warwick Farm in 2013, was also shattered by the death.

“Gary loves the stock and has a few in his stable,” Atwell said. “He’s absolutely shocked.”

I’m All The Talk served 126 mares - the second most in WA behind Darling View’s Playing God - last season.

Watch Me Dance was crowned WA’s champion two-year-old in 2020 after winning the WA Sires’ Produce Stakes and running seconds in the Karrakatta Plate and Gimcrack Stakes.

The Steve Wolfe-trained filly then became the second filly in 61 years to win the WA Champion Fillies Stakes-WA Guineas double the following season.

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