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Irish Studmaster Billy Iceton Dies Aged 81
In Ireland overnight, renowned County Meath-based stud master Billy Iceton died aged 81 "after a long illness" reported racingpost.com. In the late 1940s, Iceton (a long-term member of the Curragh committee) moved from his native Britain to oversee the running of the Tara Estate in County Meath (where Hubert Hartigan had trained for the Aga Khan) for its new owner Clifford Nicholson & remained at the helm until only a few years ago "when illness meant he had to relinquish the running of the stud to his son Derek". The stud is currently home to 3 stallions: Balmont, Dilshaan & Key Of Luck. Among the notable racehorses bred at Tara Stud & Limestone Stud (its sister operation in Lincolnshire) was Star Way "later a highly influential sire in Australasia".