One of British Racing’s most popular sprinters in the last decade, The Tatling, has been put down by connections after suffering complications with his eyesight.

A stable star at Milton Bradley’s, where he spent most of his career right up until the end, he competed in no fewer than 176 races throughout an illustrious career.

Of his 18 wins, he scooped up four Group races over five furlongs including most memorably the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2004.

The summer previous he came with a late run in the hands of Darryl Holland to win the Group 3 King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Sarah Jane Bradley, the trainer’s granddaughter, posted the news on The Tatling’s very own Facebook page which has over 380 members.

She said: “I’m sorry to say it is bad news and that ten days ago we had to have him put to sleep. His eye sight failed him and it was no longer fair on him. We would all like to thank you all for your following of him and the support over the years.

“He enjoyed his retirement at the yards where he didn’t want for anything and was looked after the way he deserved. There will be pictures form the week or so before to follow. Sorry to be the bearer of bed news!

“We hope you all enjoyed him as much as we all did. He really was one of racing’s greats! He will always be remembered. I’m happy I was a part of his life and his amazing career.”

He really was one of racing’s greats!

A son of Perugino, the same sire of Champion Hurdle runner-up Harchibald, The Tatling was retired from racing at the end of 2011.

In his typical style, he came with a withering late run in the hands of Richard Kingscote to sign off with his 18th and final success.

Fellow trainer Mick Channon said on twiter: “The Tatling deserves every respect due to him. A great character and competitor. A bit like Mr Bradley.”