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Trio of winners for Kayf Tara

Chomba Womba's first foal Chocca Wocca impresses on debut
17 December 2014

Kayf Tara’s terrific season continued in style on Wednesday with a treble at Ludlow and Newbury.

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Second G2 success for Blaklion

Kayf Tara’s promising five-year-old goes from strength to strength
14 December 2014

Blaklion enhanced his reputation as one of the most promising novice hurdlers in training with his second Grade 2 victory of the season, this time in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday.

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Lieutenant Colonel lands G1 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle

Great day for Kayf Tara as Identity Thief brings up Fairyhouse double
1 December 2014

Lieutenant Colonel became Kayf Tara’s third Grade 1 winner when posting an emotional victory in the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle for Sandra Hughes, who took over the training licence on the passing of her father Dessie last week.

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Demand strengthens for the Delegator foals

Last-day prices of 30,000gns and 26,000gns boost his figures

Auction prices for Delegator's first foals intensified as the December Foal Sales progressed. An extremely healthy clearance rate saw 27 of his 31 foals offered finding buyers, with MC Bloodstock signing for his top lot at 38,000gns. Peter and Ross Doyle bought two and Delegator's best 10 foals averaged 25,000gns – a rewarding return on his stud fee.

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Kayf Tara double steals the show at Fairyhouse

Lieutenant Colonel leads the way with emotional win in the G1 Hatton's Grace 

Gigginhouse duo Lieutenant Colonel and Identity Thief gave Kayf Tara a double at Fairyhouse on Sunday. Five-year-old Lieutenant Colonel was targeted at the G1 Hatton's Grace Hurdle over 2m4f by the late Dessie Hughes after winning a G2 on the track in April, and was giving Sandra Hughes her first G1 since taking over the licence earlier in the month. 'That is for Dad!' she said. A £46,000 purchase by Mags O'Toole at the Doncaster Spring Sales in 2012, he was bred by Mrs HIS Calzini, and will now be aimed at the World Hurdle at the Festival. 

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Delegator's first foals impress at Tattersalls

A Day One top price of 38,000gns leads excellent returns for breeders

Delegator's first foals drew many admirers and strong business on day one of the December Foal Sales. Howard Barton Stud's colt out of Markova's Dance was bought by MC Bloodstock for 38,000gns, and Dansili's best ever sprinter or miler had three more sell for 21,000gns. His top ten foals averaged 18,000gns – out-performing the sale average by a massive 50% – while his median for his best ten was 17,000gns, almost double the sale median price. More Delegators sell today.

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Hoskins joins the Overbury Stud team

Stallion fees set, and there's a new nominations man at the helm

Simon Sweeting's Overbury Stud has announced fees for its five stallions – and added a new name in the shape of Sam Hoskins, who will be liaising with breeders and selling nominations alongside Sweeting. Dunaden, the first Melbourne Cup winner to stand at stud in Britain since Carbine in 1895, will stand his first season at £3,000. 'He's Sheikh Fahad's favourite horse,' said Hoskins, 'And he's supporting him with his own mares and the amazing Dunaden Breeders' Club premiums and bonuses. Carbine went on to sire a Derby winner and we'll be doing everything possible to give Dunaden the best possible chance of following suit, so breeders with talented mares will be well looked-after.' 

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Kayf Tara at the double

The November winners keep rolling in
13 November 2014

Kayf Tara was represented by two winners on Wednesday when Racing Europe won the bumper at Bangor-on-Dee and Tara Point landed a mares’ novice hurdle at Exeter.

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Kayf Tara in the lead again

Britain's Champion National Hunt sire in pole position as season swings into top gear 12 November 2014

With the 2014/15 National Hunt season now underway in earnest, Kayf Tara has resumed his customary position at the head of the table of the British jumps sires, with 31 winners so far.

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It's a Kayf trio at Ascot

Three big-race winners on Saturday for the Champion sire 

Overbury Stud's five-time Champion jumps sire Kayf Tara struck with a Saturday afternoon hat-trick at Ascot. Six-year-old Tara Road, bred by GA Bosley, broke his hurdles maiden in the opener, a competitive two-and-a-half mile novices' handicap, getting up under Barry Geraghty for a narrow triumph. Already successful pointing and in a bumper, the good ground and longer trip brought out the best in him. Geraghty brought up a double for him and Kayf Tara in the Listed two-mile hurdle on five-year-old Sign Of A Victory, bred by John Hore and bought by current connections for £42,000 as a three-year-old. Trainer Nicky Henderson said, 'He's got speed and toe, and will go for the Ladbroke next.' Kayf Tara, who was only narrowly denied a hat-trick of Ascot Gold Cup victories, saw his four-year-old son Wilberdragon take the bumper to give him three wins on the day. Bred by EE Williams and sold for €36,000 as a foal, Wilberdragon is trained by Charlie Longsden, who said, 'He's a nice, big young horse. He might go hurdling as he jumps for fun.'

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Grade 2 victory for Blaklion

Kayf Tara five-year-old impresses in Persian War Novices' Hurdle
25 October 2014

The wraps are coming off the 2014/15 National Hunt season and Britain’s champion jumps sire Kayf Tara has not been slow in getting his name in lights with a Grade 2 victory on Saturday for his five-year-old son Blaklion.

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Revolutionary Owners & Breeders' Premiums to be lavished on supporters of Dunaden

Sheikh Fahad launches the Dunaden Breeders' Club for his 'horse of a lifetime'
16 October 2014

Dunaden, the first Melbourne Cup hero to stand at stud in Britain since the 1890 winner Carbine, has had his fee set at £3,000 – with a raft of bonuses designed to make the record-breaking three-time G1 winner as attractive to breeders as possible. Rated 130 by Timeform for his form over a mile-and-a-half, Dunaden was retired earlier this year and will stand at Overbury Stud, Gloucestershire. He amassed earnings of more than £5 million and beat no fewer than 60 G1 winners in his 46-race career, among them the QIPCO Champion Stakes favourite Cirrus Des Aigles.

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Dunaden to stand at Overbury Stud

Melbourne Cup and triple Group One winner heads to Gloucestershire base 18 August 2014

Brilliant racehorse Dunaden, the winner of more than £5,000,000 in prize money, will take up stallion duties at Overbury Stud in Gloucestershire.

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Cityscape to shuttle to Argentina

Son of Selkirk will stand southern hemisphere season at Haras La Providencia
25 July 2014

Cityscape is to shuttle to Haras La Providencia in Argentina for the coming southern hemisphere stud season in a deal brokered by Blandford Bloodstock.

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Fifth TBA Award for Kayf Tara

Overbury stallion collects the Whitbread Silver Salver for leading British National Hunt Sire
9 July 2011

 

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Solid returns for Kayf Tara at Derby Sale

Winning pointer sells for €130,000 while 13 geldings set an average price of €54,846
27 June 2014

Europe’s flagship store horse auction, the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale, saw some excellent results for Kayf Tara, with 16 of his offspring sold for an average price of €46,813. The 13 geldings sold returned an average of €54,846.

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Trainers put store in Kayf Tara

Britain's champion NH sire in demand at the DBS Spring Sale with top price of £82,000
23 May 2014

 

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Kayf Tara’s Saturday double makes him a prize-money millionaire

Leading British National Hunt Sire passes million-pound mark for progeny earnings for the first time
20 April 2014

 

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Dam of record breeze-up colt visits Cityscape

Abunai's High Chaparral juvenile fetches 800,000gns at Tattersalls
17 April 2014

 

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'Super-fertile' Cityscape gets long-term barren mares in foal

Positive scans for 25 of his first 27 mares covered
11 April 2014

 

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Bumper meeting for Kayf Tara

Two new black-type winners at Aintree’s Grand National Festival
6 April 2014

 

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Delegator's first foals win the plaudits of breeders

Mares being rebooked on strength of this year's offspring
4 April 2014

 

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Kayf Tara makes history with first century

Overbury Stud star becomes the first British National Hunt sire to pass the 100-win mark for the season
29 March 2014

 

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Kayf Tara hits 99 not out

Britain’s National Hunt champion on course for best ever season
22 March 2014

 

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Four-winner weekend for Kayf Tara

British NH Champion nearing 100-wins mark for the season
17 March 2014

 

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First four mares in foal for Cityscape

Quartet includes Firebelly, dam of Godolphin's talented Group performer Firebeam
6 March 2014

 

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Another day, another double

Kayf Tara’s boys salute at Carlisle
6 March 2014

 

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Southwell at the double for Kayf Tara

Wordy’s Boy and Celtic Agent both in the winner’s enclosure
4 March 2014

 

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Grade 2 double for Kayf Tara

Kayf Moss and Mozoltov land black-type contests in Britain and Ireland
23 February 2014

 

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Kayf Tara flying high with 32% strike-rate

Best winners-to-runners ratio of all top ten stallions in Britain and Ireland
15 February 2014

 

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First foal for Delegator

Filly out of Lady Xara born at Stringston Farm
8 February 2014

 

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Cityscape on show at Tattersalls

First-season son of Selkirk joins the TBA Stallion Parade at the February Sale 

 

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Saturday treble rounds off good week for Kayf Tara

No Planning, Kayf Moss and Foryourinformation seal fruitful weekend
3 February 2014

 

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Kayf Tara’s great season continues

Five winners so far in January give the Overbury resident the best strike-rate of leading quintet in Britain and Ireland 14 January 2014

 

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Seeing out the old year in style

Nineteen winners in December for Kayf Tara
31 December 2013

 

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Five Christmas crackers for Kayf Tara

Winners coming thick and fast in Britain and Ireland 28 December 2013

 

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Mozoltov graduates to fences in style

Kayf Tara’s consistent performer now five wins from eight starts 15 December 2013

 

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The champ's on a roll

Seventh winner of the week for Kayf Tara 5 December 2013

 

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Cityscape on show in Newmarket

Group 1 winner at Longholes Stud from Saturday, 30 November to Wednesday, 4 December

 

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Two winners for Kayf Tara at Newbury

Mickie and Cantlow in the winner’s enclosure as the Hennessy meeting gets underway 30 November 2013

 

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The Govaness in charge at Cheltenham

Listed bumper success for Kayf Tara filly while No Planning records fifth win at Wetherby 16 November 2013

 

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Cheltenham Festival winner Kayf Aramis retires

Kayf Tara’s dual-purpose star bows out after 85 runs, seven wins and 23 places 11 November 2103

 

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Delegator's fee reduced to £4,000

Overbury Stud unveils fees for 2014 8 November 2013

 

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The secret’s out – this mare’s rather good!

Sixth individual winner for Jeremy Hinds’ Another Secret 4 November 2013

 

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Cityscape to stand at Overbury Stud in 2014

Group 1-winning miler retires to Gloucestershire in a deal brokered by Blandford Bloodstock 22 October 2013

 

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Second helping of success for Long Lunch

Kayf Tara gelding cores on hurdles debut after recent bumper victory 21 October 2013

 

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Bumper winners keep rolling in

Two more Kayf Tara four-year-olds off the mark under rules 13 October 2013

 

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Kayf Tara three-year-old a progressive Flat campaigner

Ballinderry Boy shooting up the ratings with back-to-back wins 6 October 2013

 

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Impressive bumper winner for Kayf Tara

Overbury-bred four-year-old Long Lunch secures Market Rasen treble for Charlie Longsdon 28 September 2013

 

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Kayf Tara filly in the ribbons at TBA Foal Show

Older fillies’ class falls to Mickley Stud and Peter Emery’s daughter of Celtic Native 24 July 2013

 

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Strong demand for Kayf Tara stores at Derby Sale

Half-sister to Kicking King makes €100,000 29 June 2013

 

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Kayf Tara into his stride for new season

British champion out in front again 18 June 2013

 

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Kayf Tara successful on track and in the ring

Good week at the DBS Spring Sale with top price of £50,000 for a store horse and £60,000 for a horse in training 21 May 2012

 

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Rathlin wins easily at Killarney

Gone Too Far brings up a double on the day for Kayf Tara with victory at Kempton 12 May 2013


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Former Overbury stallion Bertolini dies in France

The 17-year-old suffers a heart attack in his new home at Haras des Faunes
3 May 2013

 

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Fourth British championship for Kayf Tara

Overbury resident is leading domestic National Hunt sire for 2012/13 season and fifth in Britain and Ireland among active jump sires 30 April 2012

 

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Tara Rose blossoms for Listed success

Kayf Tara mare lands EBF/TBA Mares’ Novices Chase Finale 18 April 2013

 

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Kayf Tara’s hot streak continues

Double delight at Market Rasen 14 April 2013

 

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Trebles at the double for Kayf Tara

Britain’s leading National Hunt sire surges farther clear 13 April 2013

 

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Special day at Aintree

Kayf Tara gelding Special Tiara becomes his sire’s second Grade 1 winner with victory in the Maghull Novices’ Chase 7 April 2013

 

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Kayf Tara at the double as April begins

Orangeaday and Tara Tavey in the winner’s enclosure on consecutive days 3 April 2013

Orangeaday was no fool when recording his first victory on 1 April in a hard-fought battle for the line in the Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle at Huntingdon.

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The winners keep rolling in for Kayf Tara

British champion National Hunt sire riding high with 28% strike-rate
11 March 2013

 

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Top-class mare is first in foal to Delegator

La Dancia, from one of the best families in the German studbook, tests positive to Overbury's new stallion  6 March 2013

 

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Purple patch for Kayf Tara

Four winners and a third from last five runners 1 March 2013

 

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Five go forward for Festival finale

Cheltenham preview – day four 28 February 2013

 

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Brothers take to the stage on day three of the Festival

Cheltenham preview – Kayf Tara’s runners 27 February 2013

 

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Countdown to the Festival

Cheltenham preview – day two 26 February 2013

 

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Kayf Tara’s Festival runners

Cheltenham preview – day one 25 February 2013

 

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Pipe nominates The Package as his main Grand National hope

Kayf Tara ten-year-old the pick of the stable’s for entries in the race 13 February 2013

 

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Delegator covers his first mare

Overbury new boy gets his first stud season underway 13 February 2013

 

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Grade 2 winner for Kayf Tara

Mozoltov books his ticket to the Cheltenham Festival; old favourite Carruthers back in the winner’s enclosure 4 February 2013

 

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Delegator on show at Tattersalls

Handsome first-season son of Dansili to join the TBA Stallion Parade on Thursday, 7 February

 

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Three good reasons why Paul Webber loves Kayf Tara

Trainer’s last three winners have all been by the reigning champion National Hunt sire 7 January 2013

 

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Boxing Day double for Kayf Tara

Popular chaser Carruthers back in the winner’s enclosure after his eighth victory; Fahamore strikes for JP McManus 27 December 2012

 

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The champ’s in fine form

Mozoltov, Cantlow and Mickie add to Kayf Tara’s seasonal haul 19 December 2012

 

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A cross to bear in mind

Two recent four-year-old debut bumper winners for Kayf Tara are out of daughters of Alflora 10 December 2012

 

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More good results at Tattersalls

Two mares offered by Dukes & Overbury Studs fetch 183,000gns 4 December 2012

 

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Overbury foals sell well at Tattersalls

Royal Applause filly fetches 40,000gns and Sir Percy colt makes 15,000gns 1 December 2012

 

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Bertolini’s grand-daughter Gentildonna lifts Japan Cup

Fourth Grade 1 victory of the year for the Triple Crown winner 26 November 2012

 

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Special Agent

Four-year-old Kayf Tara filly Agent Fedora wins on bumper debut 21 November 2012

 

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Daughter of Bertolini wins the Indian 1,000 Guineas

Vijays Pride lands her third Group win in Hyderabad 19 November 2012

 

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Delegator to retire to Overbury Stud

The highest-rated speed horse by Dansili will stand at £5,000

 

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Great start to the season for Kayf Tara

Three black-type horses already for 2012/13, including Listed-winning chaser The Package 13 November 2012

 

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Firebeam tops opening day at Tattersalls

Overbury and Dukes Stud-bred four-year-old sells for 280,000gns at the horses-in-training sale 30 October 2012

 

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Bertolini duo posts decent returns at Tattersalls

Inetrobil and John Louis sell for 62,000gns and 37,000gns 30 October 2012

 

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Sagamix on the move

Arc winner to leave Overbury after three seasons in England

 

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Overbury duo to Tattersalls October Book 2

Colts by Shirocco and Peintre Celebre to sell Thursday, 18 October

 

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Tiara looks special on chasing debut

Kayf Tara five-year-old triumphs in beginners' chase at Ballinrobe
25 September 2012

 

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Quiza Quiza Quiza bids for more Group 1 glory

Overbury-raised mare has international contests in her sights after her 11th career victory
23 September 2012

 

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Light continues to shine

Derek Boocock's Light Up My LIfe wins again at Newmarket 24 hours after the victory of fellow Overbury-raised runner Common Touch
20 August 2012

 

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Sparkling success for Portrait

Listed victory for Overbury-bred colt
20 July 2012

 

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John Louis back in the winner's enclosure

Progressive Bertolini four-year-old wins fourth race of this year
14 July 2012

 

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Annunciation strikes again

Proclamation colt now two wins and two seconds from five starts
1 July 2012

 

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Kayf Tara stores well received at Fairyhouse

Two six-figure lots and an average of €38,079 for 19 sold
30 June 2012

 

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Firebeam bidding for Group race glory

Overbury Stud graduate heads to Newmarket for the Criterion Stakes 29 June 2012

 

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Hat-trick for Pitkin

Proclamation gelding on a roll 20 June 2012

 

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Grade 1 quinella for Bertolini in India

Vijays Pride and Portia take first and second in the Fillies’ Championship Stakes 19 June 2012

 

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Focus on first foals

We're delighted with the first foals of our new stallion Schiaparelli but don't just take our word for it, have a look for yourself... 14 June 2012

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Plenty of potential in store

Kayf Tara’s three-year-old geldings average £24,260 at DBS Spring Sale 13 June 2012

 

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Jubilant June for Bertolini

Listed winner Inetrobil heads a quintet of winners so far this month 12 June 2012

 

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Life enhancer

Overbury-foaled and –raised Light Up My Life scores on debut at Newbury 30 May 2012

 

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Bertolini damsire of dual Classic winner

Gentildonna adds the Japanese Oaks to her 1,000 Guineas success 21 May 2012

 

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Portrait sparkles in hat-trick success

Overbury-bred colt adds Rowley Mile victory to his CV 8 May 2012

 

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Kayf Tara is Champion British National Hunt sire

Third title in four years for the 18-year-old son of Sadler's Wells 1 May 2012

 

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New Auteuil winner for Sagamix

Sagakit lands the Prix de Pau and Un Beau Matin is runner-up at Punchestown 30 April 2012

 

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Bertolini’s no April fool

Good month sees the Overbury sire off the mark with his juveniles and featuring as broodmare sire of a Classic winner 17 April 2012

 

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Bertolini duo bidding for stakes glory

Suits Me and Bannock head to Lingfield for the Winter Derby and Spring Cup  21 March 2012

 

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Festival success for Kayf Tara's Alfie Sherrin

Overbury resident enjoys yet another winner at Cheltenham 16 March 2012

 

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Kayf Aramis heads to fourth Pertemps Final

Find out about his new racing club, Kayf Aramis Racing 11 March 2012

 

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Listed hurdle winner for Sagamix

Four-year-old Un Beau Matin wins the Prix Rohan at Auteuil on his hurdling debut 4 March 2012

 

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Kayf Tara’s Rathlin lands Irish Grade 2 Chase

Mouse Morris-trained seven-year-old wins the Nas Na Riogh Novice Chase in style  27 February 2012

 

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Top two lots for Sagamix at Arqana

Close relations to Grade 1 chaser Nickname head the February Sale in Deauville   14 February 2012

 

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Champion Chase honours for Tara Royal

Kayf Tara seven-year-old triumphs at Musselburgh
11 February 2012

 

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First foal for Schiaparelli

Eightdaysaweek foals a bay colt from the family of Champion Hurdler Sublimity  10 February 2012


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Kayf Tara top for chasers

01/02/12 – Forty-two per cent winners-to-runners strike rate for the season

With a memorable one-two in this season’s Hennessy Gold Cup courtesy of Carruthers and Planet Of Sound, Kayf Tara advertised his credentials as a sire of steeplechasers and is currently top of all National Hunt sires with 50 runners or more in this division.

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Another fruitful week for Kayf Tara

21/01/12 - Five winners in two days for Britain’s leading jumps sire

With a strike rate that continues to improve, Kayf Tara added five more victories to his seasonal tally this week with three winners in Britain and Ireland on Thursday and another two on Friday.

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Mozoltov the latest eye-catcher by Kayf Tara

08/01/12 - Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old romps home in Thurles bumper by 13 lengths

Willie Mullins is famed for his prowess with young bumper stars and the latest impressive winner in this division to emerge from his stable is Mozoltov, a British-bred six-year-old gelding by Kayf Tara.

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Impressive maiden winner for Bertolini

06/01/12 – Three-year-old Appealing lives up to her name with an eye-catching victory on her second start

Appealing, a three-year-old daughter of Bertolini, built on the promise she showed on her 14 December debut by winning the seven-furlong maiden at Wolverhampton by three and a half lengths on Friday.

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Four-timer for Kayf Tara on New Year’s Eve

02/01/12 – Britain’s leading National Hunt sire ended 2011 in style with winners at Warwick, Uttoxeter and Punchestown

Kayf Tara extended his number of winners for the season to 40 and his strike rate to 35 per cent with four winners on New Year’s Eve at three different racecourses in Britain and Ireland.

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Numbers add up well for Kayf Tara

27/12/11 – Whichever way you look at it, the statistics point to a highly promising sire of jumpers

Kayf Tara, currently flying high in the jump sires’ table in sixth position among living stallions in Britain and Ireland, boasts the highest average earnings per runner of the top ten living National Hunt sires.

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Six more winners this week for Kayf Tara

21/12/11 - Festive roll continues as Overbury Stud resident continues his move up the sires’ table with a strike rate of 32 per cent

Kayf Tara’s lucrative year continued in fine style this week with six more wins added to the tally, maintaining his position as this season’s leading British-based National Hunt sire and elevating him to sixth position among active sires in the table for Britain and Ireland.

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Kayf Tara increases his lead in the sires' table

12/12/11 - Three winners in five days for Britain’s leading NH stallion

Victories for Love Of Tara, Tarbeck, and Fentara, plus placed finishes from Bringewood Belle, Altan Khan and old favourite Kayf Aramis within the last week have enhanced Kayf Tara’s standing at the top of the British jumps sires’ table for the 2011/12 season.

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Kayf Tara one-two in the Hennessy Gold Cup

26/11/11 - Carruthers and Planet of Sound storm to success at Newbury

Carruthers, one of the most popular jumpers in training, led from the off to record a famous and emotional victory in the G3 Hennessy Gold Cup Chase at Newbury, beating his paternal half-brother Planet Of Sound by three and three-quarter lengths.

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Hat-trick for Graduation Night

19/11/11 - Kayf Tara five-year-old completes novice chase three-timer

Graduation Night, a Kayf Tara half-brother to the admirable Flat stayer Sergeant Cecil, advertised the family’s versatility when securing his hat-trick of steeplechase wins at Ascot on Saturday.

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Another Saturday double for Kayf Tara

29/10/11 – Michael Flips and No Planning salute at Ascot and Wetherby; Gallox Bridge now three wins from five runs

The progeny of Kayf Tara were once again to the fore on a super Saturday of jump racing with Michael Flips getting off the mark over fences and bumper winner No Planning taking to hurdles in some style.

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Group 1 win for Overbury graduate

24/10/11 - Quiza Quiza Quiza lands Premio Lydia Tesio in Rome

We’re delighted to report that Quiza Quiza Quiza, who was born and raised at Overbury Stud, was the winner of the G1 Premio Lydia Tesio at Cappanelle on Sunday.

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Kayf Tara flying as jumps season hots up

23/10/11 – The leading British NH sire with four winners this week and a strike rate of 36 per cent

The 2011/12 National Hunt season slid into top gear at the weekend and as the big-name horses return to the track, Kayf Tara is once again the leading British-based sire of jumpers.

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Bannock burns to Listed success

08/10/11 – Stakes-winning Bertolini two-year-old brings up a double for his sire on York’s Saturday card

Bannock, a May-foaled son of Bertolini, won the Listed Rockingham Stakes at York on Saturday, beating the G3-placed Miss Lahar by two lengths.

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Seven winners in a week for Bertolini

30/9/11 - Sizzling seven days for Overbury sire

Bertolini has been as hot as the Indian summer this week with seven winners in the past seven days.

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Bumper success

25/9/11 - Two winners in two days for Kayf Tara

A pair of four-year-old geldings became the latest winners for their sire Kayf Tara when scoring in bumpers on consecutive days.

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Firebeam on path to black type

14/09/11 - Three-time winner set for further glory; yearling three-parts brother in Book 2 of Tattersalls’ October Sale

Firebeam, bred in partnership by Dukes Stud and Overbury Stallions Ltd, continues to fulfil his early promise and landed his third victory at Haydock on Tuesday in a seven-furlong conditions race.

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Back-to-back wins for Covert Decree

12/09/11 - Proclamation filly seeking hat-trick at Newbury on Friday

The Clive Cox-trained Covert Decree is now three wins from six starts following recent recent wins at Newbury and Goodwood.

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Proclamation colt to Richard Hannon for £31,000

06/09/11 - Bertolini averages £16,833 at the DBS Premier Yearling Sale

Among Richard Hannon’s intake of juveniles for 2012 is a colt by Proclamation who was knocked down for £31,000 at the DBS Premier Yearling Sale on Thursday.

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Gearing up for the yearling sales

09/08/11 - Seven Overbury graduates set to head for Doncaster and Newmarket

A busy yearling sales season is fast approaching and the team from Overbury Stud will be engaged at both Doncaster and Newmarket with seven yearlings to go under the hammer.

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Bertolini firing in the winners

02/08/11 – Five winners in the last six days plus Group 2 runner-up for Overbury stalwart

The last week has seen a rash of winners for Bertolini and a Group 2 runner-up finish for two-year-old Bannock, who was second to Harbour Watch in the Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

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Progressive Firebeam strikes again

10/07/11 - Overbury and Dukes Stud-bred three-year-old wins impressively at York

Firebeam continued his rise through the ranks on Saturday when winning a competitive seven-furlong hadicap at York by four and a half lengths.

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Kayf Tara on top again

28/06/11 – Overbury stallion named leading British NH sire for second successive year

British thoroughbred breeding was celebrated in style on Monday evening at the annual TBA Awards at Tattersalls in Newmarket.

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Cherry Hinton next for Group-placed Bertolini filly

17/06/11 - Inetrobil beaten less than a length in the G2 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot

The G2 Cherry Hinton Stakes is next on the agenda for the highly talented Bertolini filly Inetrobil, who finished runner-up in the G2 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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Bannock given joint-top juvenile rating

05/06/11 - Bertolini colt earns Timeform mark of 108

Bannock, a dual winner and Listed runner-up, has earned a Timeform rating of 108, making him the joint top-rated juvenile of the season so far, along with Power and Tough As Nails.

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Touch of class

22/05/11 - Overbury-bred Common Touch is now three wins from five starts

Common Touch, bred by Overbury Stallions Ltd and D Boocock, added yet another victory to his burgeoning CV on Saturday, with a three-and-a-quarter length strike over seven furlongs at York off a mark of 88.

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Carole’s Legacy covered by Kayf Tara

26/04/11 - Paul Murphy’s tough mare the latest top-class jumper to join the Overbury resident’s book

In four seasons Carole’s Legacy made 18 appearances on the racecourse, winning nine races, finishing second on seven occasions and earning black type from eight of those starts. Bred and raced by Paul Murphy, the seven-year-old earned £178, 547.

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First juvenile winner of 2011 for Bertolini

05/04/11 - Six winners and a Listed runner-up in a week for the Overbury resident

Picante took the 900m maiden at Lyon-Parilly in fine style on her second start within a week to become Bertolini’s first two-year-old winner of the new season on Sunday.

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Street’s ahead

02/04/11 - Kayf Tara’s E Street Boy completes seven-day hat-trick

It’s rare for a hurdler to run three times in a week but E Street Boy is clearly a horse in great form, having started a three-race winning streak at Wincanton last Sunday and followed it up with victories at Hereford on Wednesday and Chepstow on Saturday.

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Saturday double for Kayf Tara

26/03/11 - Tarablaze and Sail And Return in winning action at Bangor and Stratford

Talented eight-year-old Tarablaze extended his winning record to five from just nine runs when landing a novice chase at Bangor, the first half of a brace of victories by Kayf Tara geldings on Saturday.

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Bertolini gelding triumphs on Hong Kong Derby card

20/03/11 - British-bred Lucky Follow Me another winner this year for Alan Tombs and Armada Grove

The Fleetwood mare Armada Grove has already produced one decent winner this year in Covert Decree, a three-year-old by Proclamation, and her Bertolini five-year-old, Lucky Follow Me, added to her tally on Sunday by winning a decent 1200m handicap at Sha Tin on the Hong Kong Derby undercard.

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First mare scanned in foal to Schiaparelli

Press release, 7 March 2011

The five-time G1 winner Schiaparelli, who is standing his first season at Overbury Stud, had his first mare scanned in foal on Sunday.

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New winners for Proclamation and Kayf Tara

03/03/11 – Covert Decree impressive in seven-length maiden strike

Members of Proclamation’s second crop are being prepared to take to the track in the near future but meanwhile his debutants continue to show promise, including the highly impressive recent winner Covert Decree.

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Three winners in three days for Kayf Tara

17/02/1 – Victory for Mac Aeda, Thornton Alice and One More Dinar; Kayf Tara yearling filly makes €32,000

Kayf Tara is enjoying a good week both on the racecourse and in the sales ring.

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Mac on the right track

14/02/11 - Kayf Tara seven-year-old Mac Aeda wins by 18 lengths at Catterick

Mac Aeda returned to winning ways on Monday when posting a facile victory in the 3m1f Valentine’s Day Novices’ Hurdle at Catterick.

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Tafika impresses at Leicester

02/02/11 – Kayf Tara gelding lands maiden chase in style

Seven-year-old Kayf Tara gelding Tafika posted a faultless round of jumping when running out the nine-length winner of Leicester's Silver Bell Maiden Chase on Wednesday. He had been sent off as the odds-on favourite after finishing second at the course to Three Chords on his last start.

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Alfie Sherrin back for more

25/01/11 - Kayf Tara gelding boosts impressive strike rate with his fourth win

Kayf Tara’s Alfie Sherrin switched from the stable of Paul Nicholls to Jonjo O’Neill in August when selling for £110,000 at Doncaster and continued his winning form with a first steeplechasing victory at Wetherby on Monday.

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Kayf Tara double at Newcastle

11/01/11 – Fentara lands mares’ novice hurdle and Zhakiera Spirit remains unbeaten after wide-margin victory

Two Kayf Tara mares proved themselves more than equal to the testing conditions at Gosforth Park on Tuesday when winning the first and last races on the card.

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Out back to best form

08/01/11 - Sagamix’s son Flat Out passes steeplechasing test with flair

Flat Out, a grey son of Sagamix, made a highly impressive seasonal debut on his first outing over fences when making all to win the Punchestown Hospitality Beginners’ Chase by 13 lengths on Saturday.

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Double success at Leicester

06/01/11 – Bianco Fuji and Hidden Keel kick off the new year in style

The Oliver Sherwood-trained Bianco Fuji became Kayf Tara’s first winner of the new year when strolling to a nine-length victory in the 2m4f mares’ maiden hurdle at Leicester on Tuesday.

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Ollie’s World at Overbury

06/01/11 – Material World’s first foal by Kayf Tara is now a two-year-old and has his own website

Not many unraced two-year-olds can boast their own website but Ollie’s World, the first foal of five-time winner Material World, by Kayf Tara, already has his name in lights on the worldwide web.

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Kayf Tara’s Mega influence

25/11/10 - Megalex’s visits to Kayf Tara have resulted in three winners from three runners, including Megastar and recent bumper winner Zhakiera Spirit

Her five-year-old Kay Tara gelding Megastar is already a G2 bumper winner and won on his hurdles debut at Ascot last week by 16 lengths, and now the mighty mare Megalex has struck again, courtesy of her four-year-old daughter Zhakiera Spirit.

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Mega start for Megastar

19/11/10 - Kayf Tara gelding highly impressive on hurdles debut; Altan Khan scores in Scotland

Statuesque Kayf Tara gelding Megastar, winner of the G2 John Smith’s Champion National Hunt Flat Race at Aintree last season, looks to be as effective as a jumper as he did in his bumpers after recording a resounding 16-length victory at Ascot on Friday.

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Kayf Tara colt tops second day of foal trade

10/11/10 - Mickley Stud-consigned weanling fetches €65,000 at Fairyhouse

After faring well with his yearlings at Tattersalls Ireland’s National Hunt Sale. Kayf Tara progressed to top the first full session of foals on Tuesday when a colt out of the multiple winner Celtic Native (Be My Native) fetched top bid of €65,000.

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Overbury stallions on parade at Cheltenham

10/11/10 – Kayf Tara, Sagamix and Schiaparelli to join the NH stallion parade before racing on Friday

As if three days of first-rate jumping action wasn’t enough to look forward to at Cheltenham this weekend, the excitement is preceded by a parade of Britain’s best National Hunt stallions at ‘Jumping HQ’ on Friday.

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Touch of class

05/11/10 - Kayf Tara’s Elegant Touch lands Haydock bumper in style on her debut

With the jumps season now underway in earnest, all eyes are on potential stars of this winter and one filly whose name should go straight into the notebook is Elegant Touch.

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Nine winners for Proclamation

28/09/10 - Universal Law strikes in France to put his sire into fifth place on the first-season sires¹ table

Making his debut at Tours in France, Universal Law won the 1550m maiden by two lengths to become the ninth winner for his sire Proclamation.

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Could it be Magic?

27/9/10
The unbeaten Proclamation juvenile Magic Casement, who earned a Timeform rating of 111p after trouncing his opponents in a Chester nursery last time out, has been entered for the G3 Somerville Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday – the course where his sire broke his maiden on debut back in 2004.

The Dandy Nicholls trainee, who is out of the Primo Dominie mare Dee Dee Girl, is rated the second-best in the field by Top Speed of the Racing Post – after Royal Ascot scorer Zaidan and above the progressive Stakes-winning Dubawi colt Titus Mills. Others in the field include Bernardini's unbeaten son Biondetti and the impressive Shamardal colt State Opera who broke his maiden in tremendous style, plus two more Listed winners in Janood and Royal Exchange.

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Magic Casement strikes again at Chester

12/09/10 - Proclamation gelding now rated 110p; Black Annis Bower becomes Proclamation’s eighth winner

The Dandy Nicholls-trained Magic Casement kept his unbeaten record intact on Friday when strolling home by seven lengths to land the seven-furlong nursery at Chester.

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Herald the latest victor

25/08/10 - Proclamation sires his seventh winner

Persian Herald became the seventh winner for his sire Proclamation when scoring on his third racecourse start for his owner and trainer, the former champion jockey Pat Eddery. The victory came in a Leicester maiden over seven furlongs, in which he dominated the final furlong, kicking clear of his 11 rivals to win by five lengths

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Six winners for Proclamation

20/08/10 - Mary Boyle is the latest with debut victory

Mary Boyle made her first racecourse outing a winning one when landing a seven-furlong event at Catterick on 13 August to provide trainer Alan McCabe with a winner for his wife Marie, in whose colours the filly runs.

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Alfie Sherrin tops Doncaster

04/08/10 - Kayf Tara gelding is the pick on day one of the DBS August Sale

Alfie Sherrin, one of the jumpers in the dispersal from Harry Findlay and Paul Barber, topped the opening session of Doncaster’s August Sale when selling for £110,000 to Jonjo O’Neill. Former trainer Paul Nicholls tried to retain the seven-year-old, who has won three of his five races, but had to give sway to O’Neill, not present at the sale but bidding via Michael White of DBS.

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Another win for Rosina Grey

04/08/10 - Proclamation filly lands Chepstow nursery

Rosina Grey, who became Proclamation’s first winner when saluting at Bath on 25 April, followed up her maiden win with victory in a six-furlong Chepstow nursery on Tuesday.

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Schiaparelli retires to Overbury Stud

07/07/10 - Monsun’s five-time G1-winning son to stand along side Kayf Tara

Schiaparelli, the German Derby winner who took a total of five Group 1 races including a hat-trick of top level wins as a four-year-old, has been retired to Overbury Stud in Gloucestershire, home of Britain’s leading National Hunt stallion Kayf Tara, as well as Bertolini, Proclamation and Sagamix.

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Fourth winner for Proclamation

02/07/10 - Wotsthehurry dashes home to score at Warwick

Wotsthehurry became the fourth winner for her first-season sire Proclamation when landing the seven-furlong maiden at Warwick on Friday.

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Strong store market for Kayf Tara

30/06/10 - Seven lots sold for an average of €45,250 at Derby Sale

Colm Murphy, the trainer of Brave Inca and Big Zeb, took home the highest priced Kayf Tara store from Tattersalls Ireland’s Derby sale when buying a three-year-old out of the five-time winner Pousettiere Deux for €85,000.

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New winner for Proclamation

17/06/10 - Magic Casement scores by two and a half lengths on debut

First-season sire Proclamation celebrated his second winner when Magic Casement came home well clear of his rivals on his racecourse debut on Thursday, winning the six-furlong maiden at Ripon by two and a half lengths.

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Victory for Victoire

14/6/10 - Bertolini three-year-old scoops big pot at York’s Timeform day

The highly progressive Bertolini gelding Victoire De Lyphar scored a valuable victory on the Knavesmire on Saturday when winning the Reg Griffin Memorial Trophy, a heritage handicap worth almost £65,000 to the winner.

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Bertoliver dashes to glory at Epsom

Derby day success for speedy son of Bertolini

The Investec-sponsored ‘Dash’ at Epsom on Derby day has to be one of the fastest five furlongs run anywhere in the world, with the runners charging downhill for much of the race before hitting the famous rise just before the post.

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Bertolini’s boy lands G2 Duke Of York Stakes

12/05/10 - Second win in four days for ultra-tough Prime Defender

Just four days after winning a conditions race at Haydock, Prime Defender returned triumphant to the winner’s enclosure after beating an impressive field in the G2 Duke Of York Stakes on the first day of the Dante meeting.

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Unusual double for Overbury stallions

08/05/10 - Kayf Tara and Bertolini represented by winners on the same card

It’s not often that Britain’s Champion National Hunt stallion Kayf Tara and leading speed influence Bertolini get the chance for a double on the same card but Saturday's mixed meeting at Haydock provided just that opportunity, Tara Royal winning a novice chase half an hour before Prime Defender won a competitive sprint conditions race.

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First winner for Proclamation

25/04/10 - Rosina Grey salutes at Bath on second start

First-season sire Proclamation celebrated his first winner with the victory of the Rod Millman-trained Rosina Grey over five furlongs at Bath on Sunday.

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Grade One winner for Kayf Tara

21/04/10 - Planet of Sound lifts the Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup

Charles and Sally Lloyd-Baker’s homebred Planet Of Sound became the first top-level winner for his sire Kayf Tara on Wednesday when winning the G1 Guinness Gold Cup at Punchestown, leading home former Cheltenham Gold Cup winners War Of Attrition and Denman.

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Group One glory for Bertolini

Juice wins the New Zealand Bloodstock Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes

Four-year-old Bertolini filly Juice galloped her way to a Group One prize on Saturday when trouncing 13 rivals to land the New Zealand Bloodstock Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Te Araho.

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Kayf Tara has the last word at Aintree

G2 victory for Megastar in the Champion bumper

The three-day Grand National meeting at Aintree was a tremendously successful one for British jumps breeders and we were delighted to see Kayf Tara five-year-old Megastar bring the curtain down on proceedings with a grinding win in the G2 John Smith’s Champion National Hunt Flat Race.

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Mad Max victorious at Aintree

08/04/10 - Grade Two winner and Grade One runner-up for Kayf Tara

A front-running round secured victory in the G2 Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase for the giant Mad Max, an eight-year-old son of Kayf Tara.

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Full-sister to Moorhouse Lad arrives

31/03/10 - Dam of Bertolini’s dual Group Three winner produces filly at Sanfield Stud

Moorhouse Lad has been Bertolini’s top money-earner over the years and is still in training at the age of seven. His breeder Peter Onslow was, therefore, delighted with the arrival of his full-sister at Sanfield Stud in Lancashire on Monday evening.

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Trainers give thumbs-up to Proclamation’s first runners

24/03/10 – Two-year-olds by the Overbury stallion come under orders on first weekend of Flat season

Proclamation is not hanging around in the race to be leading first-season sire with three runners entered for races in the first week of the new season.

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Suits Me gains Group place in Winter Derby

22/03/10 - Bertolini’s game son finishes in the money for the 29th time; Proclamation’s first runners this weekend

The admirable Suits Me posted yet another in the G3 Winter Derby at Lingfield on Saturday, finishing just three-quarters of a length behind Tranquil Tiger for his first placing at Group level.

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Another seven up for Bertolini

15/03/10 - The leading all-weather sire in Britain and Ireland keeps firing in winners all around the world

Few things can be taken for granted in racing and breeding but one safe bet is that in any given week, somewhere around the world there will be a Bertolini-sired winner.

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Kayf Tara’s Cheltenham contenders

08/03/10 - The Overbury resident has a strong contingent set to line up for jump racing’s extravaganza, which starts next Tuesday

With just a week to go, the countdown has started in earnest to the Cheltenham Festival where six of Kayf Tara’s offspring hold engagements for Grade One events.

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Not just a morning glory!

04/03/10 – Sagamix three-year-old Tous Les Matins wins on the flat in France

Tous Les Matins made an impressive seasonal debut when running home strongly to win the 2150m maiden at Lyon-la-Soie by a length and a half on Tuesday.

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Winners keep rolling in

02/03/10 - Another trio of victories for Kayf Tara’s offspring; two black type performers for Bertolini

Six-year-old Tom O’Tara made it two wins in less than a fortnight with a battling performance which saw him get the better of last-time-out winner and race favourite Nous Voila at Warwick on Friday, 26 February. The son of Kayf Tara won at odds of 50/1 on his previous start but was a much warmer 9/2 for his most recent outing during which he led for much of the race and fought back after being headed at the third last hurdle.

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Flat Out to Cheltenham

21/02/10 - Son of Sagamix continues winning ways at Punchestown to book Festival trip

With form figures that read 32111, it’s no surprise that exciting young hurdler Flat Out holds two entries for the Cheltenham Festival, with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on the opening day his most likely target.

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Saturday treble for Kayf Tara

15/02/10 - Alfie Sherrin, Tarabaloo and Tom O’Tara successful at Newbury, Ayr and Warwick

Readers of Paul Nicholls’ Racing Post column on Saturday morning would have known how highly regarded Alfie Sherrin is by his trainer. In fact, Nicholls stated that, apart from Denman and Master Minded, the son of Kayf Tara was his best chance of the day. While the stable stars gave Nicholls and their fans a few heart-stopping moments, Alfie Sherrin stuck to the script perfectly in the extended three-mile handicap hurdle to record his third career victory from just four runs.

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Voramar Two has Aintree in his sights

6/2/10 - Overbury-bred son of Kayf Tara heads to Liverpool after hurdles win; Mrs Fawlty is faultless at Towcester

Voramar Two took his first steps here at Overbury Stud and recently went a few steps closer to appearing at Aintree’s Grand National meeting with a wide-margin win in the Deane Veterinary Centre Novices’ Hurdle at Taunton on 2 February.

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Winter warmers

28/01/10 - Currently top of the all-weather sires’ list, Bertolini’s runners a force to be reckoned with all year round

For those of us who love jump racing, the winter is far from dull but now even those resolutely flat racing fans have plenty to keep them entertained outside the turf season with the increase in both quantity and quality of all-weather racing.

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Kayf Tara filly among top lots

28/01/10 - The 2010 sales circuit kicks off at Doncaster where Britain’s leading jumps sire is well represented

A Kayf Tara filly foal out of the high-class chaser Heltornic was among the top five lots at Doncaster’s January sale when selling to Simon Hubbard Rodwell for £30,000.

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Llama Farmer reaps first win

24/1/10 - Son of Sagamix lands decent novice hurdle at Haydock

The memorably-named Llama Farmer, by Overbury’s new recruit Sagamix, got off the mark on his third racecourse appearance with a determined win in the 2m4f novices’ hurdle at Haydock on Saturday.

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Michael and Max triumph as racing returns

18/1/10 - The thaw arrived in time to allow jump racing to proceed at Kempton, where two sons of Kayf Tara stole the show.

On the day that jump racing returned to Britain after an enforced absence during adverse weather conditions, Mad Max, not seen on the racecourse since the Cheltenham Festival last March, ensured that the wait had been worthwhile for owner/breeder Paul Murphy and his co-owner Carole Skipworth. Now eight, the Nicky Henderson-trained gelding posted a near perfect round of jumping on his chasing debut to draw four-and-a-half lengths clear of his rivals in the two-mile novices’ chase. Mad Max now has a clean sweep of wins in each National Hunt discipline of bumpers, hurdles and steeplechases and has won five of his six starts.

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Kayf Tara stars at London Art Fair

13/01/10 - We know him as England’s most successful jumps stallion but the Overbury resident is now also an artist’s muse

Visitors to this week’s London Art Fair at the Business Design Centre in Islington will be treated to a near-lifesize drawing of Kayf Tara.

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Bertolini's babes out in front

4/1/10 - In a record for any British-based stallion, Bertolini has sired 117 juvenile winners from five crops

On new year’s eve, Cuthbert scorched home at Lingfield to become the 117th juvenile winner for his sire Bertolini from just five crops of racing age.

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Carruthers graduates in style at Newbury

Kayf Tara six-year-old romps to fitting triumph in the Mandarin Chase

The hugely popular Carruthers landed yet another memorable win when strolling home the 23-length victor of the Mandarin Graduation Chase at Newbury on Tuesday.

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Zazamix scores on hurdles debut

Four-year-old son of Sagamix adds to his bumper success

The Nicky Henderson-trained Zazamix showed plenty of promise when landing his debut victory over hurdles by three lengths at Bangor-on-Dee on 16 December.

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Sagamix joins Kayf Tara at Overbury

Arc winner and rising jumps sire relocates to Britain

Sagamix, the undefeated Champion three-year-old of France in 1998 when he won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for trainer Andre Fabre, has relocated to Britain and will stand at Overbury Stud alongside Britain's champion jumps sire Kayf Tara, Bertolini and Proclamation.

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Bertolini tops NZ breeze-up sale

New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready To Run Sale for two-year-olds took place on 17 November with a colt by Bertolini (lot 240) fetching the top price of $400,000 (£177,000).

The handsome bay was prepared by Lyndhurst Farm and is out of the unraced Ebony Pearl, by Grosvenor’s son Ebony Grove. He was bought to race in Hong Kong by agent Willie Leung on behalf of businessman Johnny Ng.

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Kayf Tara foals in demand in Ireland

Kayf Tara once again more than held his own against the Irish-based jumps stallions when his foals went through the ring at Tattersalls Ireland’s National Hunt sale. Nineteen of his weanlings sold for an average of €27,605, a figure five and a half times his covering fee in 2009 of £4,500.

Top price among the youngsters was Goldford Stud’s colt out of Celibate’s half-sister Aunt Rita (lot 948), who fetched €50,000 when selling to Aiden Murphy to top the sale on Thursday. Murphy, a regular purchaser of Kayf Tara’s stock, confirmed that the colt had been bought on behalf of leading jumps owner Graham Roach.

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Sounding off

Planet of Sound made a stunning seasonal debut to record his first stakes victory in the G2 Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter. The seven-year-old son of Kayf Tara saw off a quality field, which included Twist Magic, Ashley Brook and Nacarat, to land the two-mile chase by three-and-a-half lengths from Cornas.

Owned and bred by CGM Lloyd-Baker, Planet Of Sound has been a highly consistent campaigner for the Philip Hobbs stable, winning five times over hurdles and fences and finishing in the money in all 13 of his starts to date, including third place in the G1 Arkle Chase at last season’s Cheltenham Festival.

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Venalmar set for debut over fences at Thurles (02/11/09)

Venalmar (from Kayf Tara's first crop), who missed all of last season due to leg trouble, will have his first run over fences at Thurles on Thursday.

His trainer Mouse Morris said: " Venalmar is ready to start back and will run in the  Irish Stallion Farms Beginners Chase over two miles on Thursday."

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Overbury Stud fees for 2010 unchanged from 2009 (03/11/09)

Our stud fees for the coming season have now been agreed, and remain unchanged from 2009.

Kayf Tara, last season's leading active British-based jumps sire, will stand for the 2010 season for £4,500 (slf), the same figure that he commanded in 2009.

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Well-bred Kayf Tara youngsters at Fairyhouse (26/10/09)

Tattersalls Ireland’s National Hunt Sale runs from 9 to 13 November and features a host of foals by Kayf Tara emanating from some of the best jumping families in the studbook.

Twenty-five weanlings are catalogued to sell at Fairyhouse and they include lot 948, a colt from Richard and Sally Aston’s Goldford Stud out of Aunt Rita (Grand Lodge), who is a half-sister to the multiple top-class jumps winner Celibate and G3 hurdler Balla Sola.

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No Surrender as Bertolini colt makes all (19/10/09)

Bertolini two-year-old Beat Surrender took his earnings past the £50,000 mark on Sunday when making every yard of the running to land the six-furlong Birdcatcher Nursery at Naas.

His performance led the Racing Post’s analyst to describe him as ‘a horse with speed and guts and the frame to make up into a nice three-year-old, it´s quite likely that we are yet to see the best of him’.

Bred by Dunmore Stud Limited, the Ger Lyons-trained colt won on debut in July and ran fourth in the G3 Go And Go Round Tower Stakes the following month. Beat Surrender is out of the Miswaki mare Waking Redhead and is a half-brother to the three-time winner Kerno.

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Proclamation’s first crop continues to win support 15/10/09

Another batch of Proclamation’s first yearlings were put to the commercial test at Tattersalls this week and passed with flying colours. All six in Book 2 sold for an average of 22,900gns – more than five times his covering fee in 2007.

Sheikh Hamdan’s racing and bloodstock manager Angus Gold secured the highest priced of these when going to 60,000gns for a colt out of the Danehill mare Gleam Of Light, who has already produced the dual Group Two winner Arabian Gleam.

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Encouraging start for Proclamation’s yearlings 5/10/09

Proclamation had two yearlings catalogued at last week’s Goffs’ Orby Sale and both delivered decent returns to give their sire an average of £11,000 for eight sold since the start of the autumn sales.

Lot 656, a colt out of the winning Petong mare Peruvian Jade was knocked down to leading breeze-up consignor Con Marnane for €30,000. He is a half-brother to Bertolini’s consistent campaigner Mac Gille Eoin, who was runner-up in the Listed Starlit Stakes at Goodwood last month.

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Fit to win (28/09/09)

Kayf Tara mare Fit To Drive recorded her third win in fine style on 25 September when breaking the track record at Worcester in the two-mile handicap chase.

The Brendan Powell-trained seven-year-old was returning after a five-month lay-off through the summer, having completed the previous season with a novice chase victory at Exeter. That win was the culmination of a highly consistent run of form from Fit To Drive, who recorded her first win at Leicester last November and followed that up with three second-placed efforts in a row. She is now likely to step up to two-and-a-half miles when she heads to Cheltenham next month.

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Zafeen filly heading for big Ascot payday 23/09/09

Jozafeen, just touched off as favourite in a 7f maiden last time out, drops down half-a-furlong and goes up in class for her next assignment – in Europe’s richest race for juvenile fillies, he Watership Down Stud Stakes. The homebred daughter of Zafeen, who was short-headed in her penultimate start, carries the colours of her breeder, Mrs C Steel.

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Danish winner makes it six for Zafeen 17/09/09

We’re extremely grateful to eagle-eyed Zafeen fan Jørgen Skjødt from Denmark, who contacted us to let is know that Zafeen has now sired six winners, courtesy of the three-length victory of Zafire at Klampenborg on 6 September. The Swedish-owned colt is out of Atticus and has finished placed on his two other starts to date.

Mr Skjødt is now the proud owner of a Zafeen yearling filly, purchased earlier this year at the Danish sales and who has now been named Zafeena. We look forward to reporting on her progress next year and wish the Skjødt family much success with her.

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Fifth winner for Zafeen 14/09/09

Secret Queen became the fifth winner for Zafeen when running out the easy winner of a six-furlong maiden at Redcar to score by seven lengths.

Sent off as 6/4 favourite, Secret Queen was always in a commanding position throughout the race and took up the challenge three furlongs from home to draw well clear of her 12 rivals. She had good placed form coming into the race having been third on debut at Bath and then twice beaten less than a length when finishing in the runner-up berth at Newbury.

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On the comeback trail 07/09/2009

With many of the leading jumping yards having hosted open days in recent weeks, thoughts are already starting to turn towards the National Hunt season, which for many does not really swing into action in any meaningful way until October.

There will be much to look forward to for followers of Kayf Tara’s offspring with horses such as Mad Max, Planet Of Sound, Carruthers, Kornati Kid and Michael Flips set to reappear.

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New winner for Zafeen 01/09/2009

Court Gown added to the list of winners by first-crop sire Zafeen with success at Redcar over seven furlongs on Saturday, 29 August.

A £20,000 purchase at last year’s Doncaster St Leger Yearling Sale, having also been sold as a foal for 10,000gns at Tattersalls, Court Gown was making just her second start in the colours of John Fretwell for trainer Ed McMahon. Having taken the lead with a furlong to run, she stayed on resolutely to prevail by three-quarters of a length.

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Three wins for Zafeen colt 20/08/09

Zafeereli became Zafeen’s first ever winner on Easter Monday and has since taken his tally of victories to three from only six starts.

The colt, who was bred by Vidin Gate Stud, won the 900m Prix Illinois at Saint-Cloud on 13 April for his owner/trainer Philippe Lacroix and has since been sold to race in Switzerland where he is unbeaten after two starts.

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Dubai Millennium’s daughters give Bertolini a juvenile double 12/08/09

The Darley-bred Dahakaa became the most recent of Bertolini’s juvenile winners when scoring by a length and a quarter at Wolverhampton on 10 August. The Michael Jarvis-trained colt was the second of Bertolini’s winners out of a mare by Dubai Millennium in just three days after Tremolo made a winning debut over six furlongs in Japan.

Dahakaa is the first winner for Dorrati, an unraced daughter of Ribblesdale Stakes winner and Oaks runner-up Bahr. Dahakaa was third on his debut in a Newamrket maiden in May and, despite showing signs of greenness on his second start, he won his race with plenty in hand and looks a colt to follow.

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Juvenile hat-trick for Bertolini 31/07/09

Bertolini sired three new two-year-old winners in two days this week with his juveniles winning over five, six and seven furlongs at Musselburgh, Leicester and Goodwood.

Smart filly Water Biscuit had looked a decent prospect on her two previous outings, having twice finished runner-up, and she shed her maiden tag in resolute fashion at Goodwood on 30 July when racing over seven furlongs for the first time, winning by a length-and-a-half under Frankie Dettori. "She’s a lovely filly and she’ll go on to better things," said Patrick McEwan, assistant trainer to Brian Meehan. "She’s tough and that’s half the battle. She has a heart of gold and to come back after a hard race at Newmarket to do what she did there was fantastic. The extra furlong has really helped her - that’s what she wanted.

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Zafeen’s runners show promise 31/07/09

First-season sire Zafeen has been represented by three winners so far this season and it will be no surprise to see that number grow significantly in the second half of the season as he has also had a number of placed horses who have given strong hints that they too will soon be off the mark.

Zafeereli was Zafeen’s first winner at Saint-Cloud on 13 April. A week later Grand Zafeen won on debut at Pontefract for owner/breeder Jaber Abdullah and trainer Mick Channon, the team behind his sire’s successful career. The colt has also finished runner-up in two of his other three starts. Huygens has run just twice and notched his first win on his most recent appearance at Folkestone.

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Elms’ breeding project gains top marks 16/7/09

School may be out for summer but for headmaster Clive Ashby, work at The Elms School never abates. Once the pupils have left for the holidays, there is still the small matter of looking after six thoroughbred mares and their offspring and herds of Hereford cattle and Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs.

Boys at the Worcesteshire prep school certainly get an all-round introduction to the world of breeding and are actively encouraged to help lead the mares and foals in and out to the paddocks.

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Huygens upholds fine family record 07/07/09

The victory of Huygens at Folkestone on 26 June brought up the third winner for his first-crop sire Zafeen, who has also been successful with Zafeereli in France and first-time-out scorer Grand Zafeen.

Out of the five-furlong two-year-old winner Lindfield Belle, Huygens is a half-brother to G3 Prix Eclipse winner Domingues and to the Wokingham Stakes victor Baltic King. The two-year-old colt, who was bred by Robin and Scarlett Knipe of Cobhall Court Stud, made his debut over six furlongs at Bath on 5 June and clearly relished the extra furlong of his Folkestone assignment, running on strongly to win on his second start.

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Kayf Tara has leading average at Derby sale 3/7/09

Jumping may be taking a back seat to the flat at this time of the year but the sales season never ends and Kayf Tara has once again been making headlines at Tattersalls Ireland’s Derby Sale.

His four lots sold set the highest average of the sale at 73,000 Euros, ahead of Presenting on 39,000 Euros, Oscar (31,000 Euros) and Flemensfirth (26,500 Euros). Lot 246, a three-year-old gelding out of Fairmead Princess brought Kayf Tara’s top price of the sale, and third-highest overall, when knocked down for 130,000 Euros to John Hussey. Fairmead Princess emanates from an Aga Khan family that has thrown up a number of good jumps winners, including the Grade One winner Behrajan. The Walshtown Stables-consigned gelding is her first foal and, while she was unplaced on the racecourse, Fairmead Princess is out of a four-time hurdles winner and is a half-sister to four National Hunt winners.

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Perfect ten (22/06/09)

Bertolini’s winning spree continued with ten winners in the week between 13 and 20 June – and once again they were spread across the globe, this time in eight different countries.

A Sandown double was recorded in two hemispheres on Saturday, 13 June with four-year-old Brassini winning his fifth race at Sandown in the UK while three-year-old New Zealand-bred Trustus notched a third win at Sandown in Melbourne. Brassini was bred by Mr and Mrs Toye from Silver Spell (Aragon) and Trustus is a son of the Scenic mare Southdown.

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Winners the world over 02/06/09

Bertolini made a fine start to the week with four winners in four different countries and in two hemispheres on Monday.

In Benalla, Victoria, three-year-old gelding Coppi landed a six-furlong maiden while across the Tasman, fellow NZ-bred Chinon was successful over the same distance at Foxton, also shedding her maiden tag.

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Wadaat so close to Classic glory (26/05/09)

Two Overbury Stud graduates ran placed in the Oaks d’Italia on Sunday with Diktat three-year-old Wadaat being caught on the line after a brave effort to finish runner-up by a nose. Fellow British-born Quiza Quiza Quiza finished third.

Wadaat, by Diktat out of Shining Vale (Twilight Agenda) was bred by Jocelyn Targett and is a half-sister to the Listed-placed Mrs Snow and French winner Agent Almeida. Her next target could well be the Oaks at Epsom and she is also entered for the G2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot. A 42,000gns yearling at Tattersalls October Sale, Wadaat, who is trained by Clive Brittain for Saeed Manana, won a mile maiden at Yarmouth in April and earned €88,000 for her Classic place at San Siro.

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Bertolini tops final breeze-up of the season (26/05/09)

A colt by Bertolini out of Astuti (Waajib) was the top lot of the Goresbridge breeze-up sale, which brought the curtain down on the two-year-old sales season at Gowran Park yesterday.

A half-brother to the Listed winner Flash McGahon, the impressive breezer was sold for €55,000 to Gill Richardson acting on behalf of Jaber Abdullah, who enjoyed such success on the racecourse with Bertolini’s fellow Overbury resident Zafeen and has already bred a winner by him, the Mick Channon-trained filly Grand Zafeen, who is entered in the Listed National Stakes at Sandown on Thursday.

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Sparkling debut for Art Jewel thrills Bailey 15/05/09

With four winners and a 40 per cent winners to runners ratio, Bertolini is top of the table for leading sires of two-year-olds but then that should come as no surprise. Ever since Bertolini started having runners, his juveniles have done an excellent job in advertising their sire’s considerable merits to breeders.

His most recent two-year-old winner, Art Jewel, brought a big smile to the face of her breeder Jane Bailey, as this was the last foal she bred from Ma N’Ieme Biche, whom she sold the following year.

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A horse for all seasons 15/05/09 (2)

The admirable Kayf Aramis posted arguably his finest victory to date when routing his rivals by 13 lengths at York to win the Ripleycollection.com Stakes for the third time.

Since his last hit out on the flat, the Kayf Tara seven-year-old has won three times over hurdles for Grand National-winning trainer Venetia Williams, the last of these coming in the Listed Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival. He will remain in training throughout the summer with the Ascot Stakes and the Cesarewitch both possible targets.

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Out with the old, in with the new 01/05/09

No sooner has the brand new jumps season started than up springs another bumper winner for Kayf Tara. Five-year-old gelding Double Expresso now holds the distinction of being his sire’s first winner for the 2009/10 campaign having saluted first time out at Southwell on 29 April.

Bred by W and J Aitken, Double Expresso is out of Sallys Lodge (Roscoe Blake), a half-sister to G2 hurdles winner Bosuns Mate. The debutant won the 2m1f bumper by eight lengths and was described by Racing Post analysts as ‘a scopey type….and he looks a potentially useful prospect’.

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Just Grand 20/04/09

Zafeen recorded his second winner of the campaign when his daughter Grand Zafeen scored by half a length in the five-furlong fillies’ maiden at Pontefract on Monday in the colours formerly carried by both her sire and dam.

Owned and bred by Jaber Abdullah under the Rabbah Bloodstock banner, the chestnut is trained by Mick Channon, who masterminded the career of Zafeen, which included victories in the Mill Reef Stakes at two and the St James’s Palace Stakes a year later, and the filly’s dam, the dual Group Three winner Majestic Desert, by Fraam.

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First winner for Zafeen (13/04/09)

Zafeereli became his sire’s first ever winner when scoring by two lengths in the 900m Prix Illinois II at Saint-Cloud on Easter Monday.

Clearly a precocious and speedy type, Zafeereli was also Zafeen’s first runner when making his racecourse debut on 26 March. British-bred by Vidin Gate Stud, the colt is out of Tamesis (Fasliyev) and races in the colours of his trainer Philippe Lacroix.

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Flying start for Bertolini’s juveniles (06/04/09)

Bertolini’s two-year-olds have never hung around and this season looks to be no exception as he already has two winners on the board courtesy of This Is Real and Monalini.

Both two-year-olds recorded their first win on Friday. Monalini, a colt out of Deauville Listed winner Mona Em (Catrail) won the five-furlong maiden at Mussleburgh. He was bred in Ireland by Dermot Cantillon and Forenaghts Stud and is now in training with Bryan Smart in Yorkshire. Monalini is a half-brother to Nice Applause, who was, like his dam, a Listed winner in France. This Is Real made a winning debut in the colours of her trainer Brian Nolan on the all-weather at Dundalk. Out of the dual-winning Docksider mare Banba, she was bred by Jim Halligan. A consistent source of two-year-old winners, Bertolini’s 2009 juveniles represent his fifth crop. From his first four crops to race he produced 93 winning two-year-olds. On the opening day of the flat turf season, his five-year-old son Prime Defender won the Listed Cammidge Trophy and is entered for the G2 Duke Of York Stakes at York’s May meeting.

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Primed for victory (updated 02/04/09)

Bertolini’s five-year-old son Prime Defender marked the start of the official flat turf season in fine style with victory in the Listed Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday.

The Barry Hills-trained entire won twice as a two-year-old and followed this up with his first Stakes win in the Listed European Free Handicap at Newmarket. That same season, he also won the Listed Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock and was placed in the G3 Renaissance Stakes in Ireland.  Despite remaining winless last season, Prime Defender recorded yet more black type, being placed in a Listed race at Windsor and finishing a neck second to Ancien Regime in the G3 Champagne Lanson Sprint Stakes at Sandown.

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Kayf Aramis marks Cheltenham firsts all round 13/3/09

Kayf Aramis’ bold front-running victory in the Listed Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle marked the first winner at the Cheltenham Festival for his sire Kayf Tara and also for owner/breeder Isobel Phipps Coltman and jockey Aidan Coleman.

The seven-year-old, who is also a three-time winner on the flat, has now notched the same number of hurdle victories following wins at Chepstow and Warwick in February.

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Dams of Donna Blini and Prime Defender return to Bertolini 09/03/09

It was on Guineas weekend in May 2005 that Donna Blini dropped the first hint of her talents. From the first crop of Bertolini, the two-year-old filly won a five-furlong Newmarket maiden on her racecourse debut and would return to the Rowley Mile twice more that year to add the G2 Cherry Hinton Stakes and the G1 Cheveley Park Stakes to her extremely impressive résumé.

In rounding off her juvenile season with her triumph in the Cheveley Park, Donna Blini also became her sire’s first Group One winner, so we’re naturally delighted that her dam, the Lyphard’s Special mare Cal Norma’s Lady, who is owned by Gordon Thom, has returned to Overbury Stud to be covered by Bertolini again this season. She visited the stallion on Friday, the same day that the dam of another of Bertolini’s most notable performers was also booked in to return to him. Arian Da was originally sent to Bertolini in his second season at stud, the mating producing the dual Listed winner Prime Defender.

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Clan gathers another G2 win for Kayf Tara 26/02/09

Kayf Tara seven-year-old Clan Tara made all when securing a brave victory in the G2 Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle at Thurles on Thursday.

Wearing the Gigginstown House Stud colours made famous by Gold Cup hero War Of Attrition, the Paul Nolan-trained gelding posted an impeccable round of jumping en route to his third win under rules. Since scoring in a point-to-point for his breeder Don Cantillon, who trains in Newmarket, Clan Tara has made six starts, finishing placed on each other occasion.

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When Kayf Tara met Material World 24/02/09

Suzy Smith won last year’s Ascot Stakes at the Royal meeting with Missoula and is represented this jumps season by the admirably tough Amigayle but if there is one mare that has put the young Sussex trainer firmly on the map it has to be Material World. The 11-year-old retired last year with nearly £100,000 in career earnings accumulated through five wins and ten places – including missing out at the Cheltenham Festival by the narrowest of margins – from her 19 races. Her achievements are made all the more remarkable by the fact that Material World had only one eye, after injuring her left eye in a gallops accident as a four-year-old and eventually having to have it removed.

Happily for Suzy, her association with her star performer did not end when the mare left her Lewes yard. Material World, who retired on a mark of 149, was bred to Kayf Tara last season and her first foal is due in May. Co-owned in her racing career by Southern Bloodstock, a syndicate consisting of Suzy’s father and two friends, the Smiths have come up with a novel way of keeping her name very much in the limelight and allowing others to share in the fun by starting the Material World Racing Club, which has shares available in her resultant Kayf Tara foal.

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Three weeks and counting… (23/02/09)

On Sunday, Alfie Sherrin romped clear of his rivals at Fontwell to maintain his unbeaten record, his three victories coming in a point-to-point, a bumper and, most recently, a novices’ hurdle. The rangey dark brown gelding, who is named after the former point-to-point commentator, looks every bit a chaser in the making and, as we have seen this season, Kayf Tara’s offspring show just as much talent over the larger obstacles as they have done in bumpers and over hurdles

Four-time winner Kornati Kid became the first to record a Graded steeplechase victory for his sire when landing the G2 Towton Novices’ Chase at Wetherby on 31 January. This success was quickly followed up by the front-running Carruthers, who won the G2 Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase at Ascot on 14 February. Both Kornati Kid and Carruthers, who hold entries for the G1 RSA Chase, are among a clutch of exciting novice chasers by Kayf Tara to be heading to the Cheltenham Festival, which starts in three weeks time.

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Carruthers all heart on Valentine’s Day 16/02/09

Carruthers jumped his way into joint-favouritism for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival with a superlative display in the G2 Sodexho Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase at Ascot on Saturday, 14 February, as Tarablaze made it a G2 double for Kayf Tara and Tarateeno scored at Wincanton.

With his links to the much-loved Lord Oaksey, Carruthers has attracted attention since his racecourse debut in May 2007 but he has proved worthy of his place in the limelight, with five wins and three seconds from nine runs to date. These victories include the G2 Leamington Novices’ Hurdle at Warwick last season but his most recent front-running triumph was arguably his best to date as he made the most of pole position to post an impeccable round of jumping.

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Regally-bred Polly Potter a bumper mare to watch 16/02/09

An article in today’s Racing Post shows Kayf Tara to be the leading British-based sire of bumper winners. From September 2007 he has sired 21 winners and 30 place-getters of National Hunt flat races, among them the highly promising Grade Two winner Mad Max and Cheltenham Champion Bumper hopeful Jau, who is a half-brother to Sergeant Cecil.

Denman’s close relative Polly Potter failed to add her name to the roll of winners on Thursday but judging from her battling run up the long Chepstow straight to take third place, it won’t be long before she has the number one recorded in her form figures. The Alan King-trained mare races for her breeders James and Jean Potter and is out of a Strong Gale half-sister to Denman. Jumping pedigrees don’t get much better than that.

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Stakes win for Suits Me 11/02/09

Bertolini six-year-old Suits Me has carved a reputation for being thoroughly tough and durable and so he proved again on Tuesday when making all to win in the Listed Mill Wood Winter Open Stakes at Lingfield over ten furlongs.

The contest saw him reverse the places with another consistent yardstick, Dansant, who had the edge on Suits Me in the Listed Quebec Stakes at the same track in December. Prior to that, the Tom Tate-trained gelding from Bertolini’s first crop had won four on the bounce in just over a month. In total, he has now won 11 races and been placed on 12 occasions.

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Winning the world over 09/02/09

Whether through snow or excessive heat, a huge amount of racing has been disrupted around the world but this has not stopped the global march of Bertolini’s offspring.

On 1 February he sired winners in Spain and Italy, while six days later in New Zealand, his daughter Puttanesca, who started the year in fine style with a Group Two win on New Year’s Day, again posted a valiant effort, this time finishing third in the G2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic at Te Rapa.

Bertolini’s Spanish winner, Liniberto, was bred in Britain by Brick Kiln Stud and V.A. d’Haens from the Saddlers Hall mare Jasmine Breeze. This was the first win for the four-year-old who has finished runner-up on three occasions and is trained in Seville by up-and-coming young trainer Guillermo Arizkorreta, a former assistant to Luca Cumani.

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Cheltenham entries stacking up 02/02/09

With his first crop of runners now aged seven, Kayf Tara is being represented by more and more highly promising jumpers as evidenced by the raft of entries for his offspring at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

In the hurdling division, Venalmar advertised his sire’s prowess when being beaten a neck in a thrilling finish to the G1 Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle last year. This time around, potential starters for that race include Strokestown, Clan Tara, Tarablaze and, of course, the very exciting duo of Mad Max and Michael Flips, both of whom also hold entries for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the traditional Festival opener. Mad Max looks likely to go straight to Cheltenham and, if so, will arrive with his unbeaten record intact. He has won two bumpers, including a G2 event at Newbury last season, and has impressed in his two hurdle runs to date, beating the subsequent Cheltenham December meeting winner Karabak on the first of these. Michael Flips has also had four runs and has been bettered just once, when second at Kempton in November. Since then, he has returned to the Middlesex track, where he won by seven lengths under A P McCoy on Boxing Day. His trainer Andy Turnell said: “He’s come out of his win at Kempton in good form and we will be going straight to the Festival with him now because he goes well fresh. He made a very bad blunder at the penultimate flight when he was second to Show Winner in November, and cut his knee open.

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First Graded chase winner for Kayf Tara 02/02/09

A valiant never-say-die effort from Kornati Kid at Wetherby on Saturday, 31 January saw him become his sire’s first winner of a Graded steeplechase when landing the G2 Towton Novices’ Chase over three miles and a furlong.

The seven-year-old gelding, a member of Kayf Tara’s first crop, has now won two hurdle races and two steeplechases and has been placed a further three times in ten starts. He was bred by S Charlton and B Mayoh and is the first foal of the five-time winning mare Hiltonstown Lass, by Denel. Kornati Kid is owned by Graham and Diana Whateley, also owners of the Kayf Tara-sired duo of Cryptic and Tarablaze. All three are in training with Philip Hobbs.

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Bertolini truly a horse for all seasons 23/01/09

Bertolini finished on top of the all-weather sires’ table in Britain last season and there’s every indication that he will continue in similarly dominant fashion. 2009 has started well for the Overbury resident with five individual winners in the last few weeks. He’s well on the way to beating his tally of wins for last year, which stood at 47. Currently on 46, only the late Danetime is ahead of him (49) while Bertolini’s individual winners’ tally of 32 is second only to Cape Cross on 35.

Smokey Ryder, Desert Strike, Cheap Thrills, Towy Valley and Mogok Ruby have all put their names on the score sheet this new year and between them, they’ve won 12 races in total. But it’s not just in the UK where the offspring of Bertolini excel. On New Year’s Day, his NZ-bred three-year-old daughter Puttanesca won the G2 NZ Bloodstock Royal Stakes at Ellerslie and in Hong Kong, the former British-trained Plan B (who raced in the UK as Cosmic Art) won the HK$850,000 Hong Kong Challenge Club Cup. In setting a time of 57.78 over the 1000m, he beat two Group winners in Kindacross and Dubai Time. During his time in the UK, Plan B won three races for Ed Dunlop during a lucrative juvenile campaign that also saw him finish third in the £300,000 St Leger Yearling Stakes behind subsequent G1 Middle Park Stakes winner Dark Angel.

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Carruthers and co back in winning form 21/01/09

The great form of many of Kayf Tara’s progeny continued throughout the first few weeks of the new year. Despite so much racing being lost to the cold snap, he has had six winners since the start of 2009.

The first of these marked the welcome return of Carruthers, making his first appearance since 31 October in only his second start over fences. Having finished runner-up to the highly regarded What A Friend on his chasing debut at Uttoxeter, Lord Oaksey’s six-year-old gelding strode out confidently from the off to record a 29-length victory in the Weatherbys Beginners’ Chase at Fakenham. Connections are hoping for another run before a possible tilt at the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

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Happy New Year 05/01/09

2009 got off to a flying start for the Overbury stallions when Bertolini recorded his first Group winner on New Year’s Day at Ellerslie in New Zealand. Three-year-old filly Puttanesca won the G2 New Zealand Bloodstock Royal Stakes over 2000m following up on a good third in the G3 Eulogy Stakes in December.

Over the Christmas holidays, Smokey Rye, a full-sister to Bertolini’s four-time juvenile winner Smokey Ryder, extended the family’s excellent recent record when winning over a mile at Lingfield to secure her third victory.

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Dual-hemisphere success for Bertolini 15/12/08

A Bertolini half-brother to Racing Post Trophy runner-up Winged Cupid fetched the equivalent of €155,340 (£139,400) when selling at the Honk Kong International breeze-up sale over the weekend. The British-bred gelding is out of Hiwaayati, who has bred four winners to date and has a yearling colt by Zafeen and a filly foal by Proclamation.

New Zealand-bred three-year-old filly Puttanesca became Bertolini’s latest black type performer on Saturday when running third in the G3 Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni. Out of the Prized mare Tesoro, she races in the colours of her breeder, Seaton Park Limited.

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Tot on top 10/11/08

Tot Of The Knar justified her odds-on favouritism when running out the 18-length winner of a 2m 5.5f novices’ hurdle at Sedgefield on Tuesday, 9 December.

The six-year-old Kayf Tara mare was notching her fourth career success after winning on her first two starts in May and June of this year. She followed up with victory at Stratford in August and her combined winning margin from her four wins to date is a whopping 50 lengths. In a busy campaign, she has also been placed three times and ran a good fourth to Diamond Harry in the G2 Hyde Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in November, with these efforts earning her £26,531 in prize-money.

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Saturday double for Kayf Tara 08/12/08

Duke Of Miskin and Clan Tara, both former winning point-to-pointers, posted an Anglo/Irish double under rules for their sire Kayf Tara on Saturday, 6 December when winning at Chepstow and Navan respectively.

Duke Of Miskin, a five-year-old gelding , bred by Mr and Mrs Robert Chugg, was the three-length winner of a two-and-a-half-mile introductory hurdle after taking the lead with two flights left to jump and running on strongly to the post.

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Mad Max makes winning hurdles debut 24/11/08

He’s already one of the most talked about horses so far this jumps season and Mad Max gave his growing number of fans not one moment of concern throughout a very promising first run over hurdles at Ascot under Barry Geraghty on Friday, 21 November.

A Grade Two bumper winner last season, the statuesque Kayf Tara gelding is now unbeaten in three starts. Much has been made of his size – he stands at 18hh – but the Nicky Henderson-trained six-year-old is appeared to be incredibly nimble when posting a faultless round of jumping in the Nicholas Cunningham Memorial Novices’ Hurdle.

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Proclamation’s first foals to sell at Newmarket 18/11/08

A number of Proclamation’s first crop are set to go under the hammer next week, with 23 weanlings catalogued to sell at Tattersalls December Foal Sale, which starts on Tuesday, 25th November and runs until Saturday (29th).

Lot 1437 will not appear to the final day of the sale but when she does, she’s bound to attract attention as the Trickledown Stud-consigned filly is a half-sister to Forunately, the winner of seven races, including two Listed contests. Their winning dam Lucky Dip, by Tirol, has produced four winners to date.

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Kayf Tara to parade at Cheltenham 13/11/08

The three-day Open Meeting at Cheltenham kicks off on Friday with the annual TBA National Hunt stallion parade before racing at 11am.

Kayf Tara joins the 12 stallions on  parade as usual, which include Conduit Farm Stud’s Kirkwall. Dan Matty has been hard at work preparing Kayf Tara for his annual public appearance and we’re thrilled with how well he looks and really looking forward to showing him off on Friday.

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Classic runner-up for Bertolini in NZ 10/11/08

Juice, already a Group winner in New Zealand this season, ran a decent second in the G1 NZ Bloodstock 1,000 Guineas, when beaten just a length by Daffodil at Riccarton on Saturday, 8 November

The Bertolini filly has won three races in nine starts to date, including the G3 Gold Trail Stakes in September and the Listed NZ Bloodstock 2YO Fillies Stakes last season.

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BERTOLINI RETURNS TO OVERBURY STUD FOR 2009 5/11/08

Bertolini, the sire of a Group One-winning juvenile from his first crop, will return to Overbury Stud, where he started his stud career in 2002. The son of Danzig will stand at a fee of £4,000 (October 1, Special Live Foal) for the 2009 breeding season

Cheveley Park Stakes winner Donna Blini was the star of his first crop, which also includes dual Group Three winner Moorhouse Lad, whose superb efforts, which include finishing runner-up to Marchand d’Or in the G1 Prix de l’Abbaye, have earned him a Timeform rating of 123. From Bertolini's first three European crops, he sired 77 two-year-old winners – a feat bettered by only one other stallion. He is also the sire of Group winners Solvini, Medic Power and Juice from his time spent in New Zealand. Overbury Stud manager Simon Sweeting said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted to have Bertolini back here at Overbury where it all began. He’s a super horse with plenty of fans and he has a crop of very nice juveniles set to run for him next year.’ Bertolini will stand alongside two Champion milers, the Sussex Stakes winner Proclamation and Zafeen, who has his first runners in 2009. Proclamation has had his fee reduced for the forthcoming season, so both will stand at £3,000 (October 1, Special Live Foal). Also at Overbury Stud is Britain’s most exciting National Hunt stallion prospect Kayf Tara. His eldest runners are still only six but he has enjoyed a wonderful year with seven black-type performers to his name, including the highly promising Carruthers, Venalmar, Give It Time and Mad Max. Kayf Tara's fee for 2009 is £4,500 (October 1, Special Live Foal).

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Welcoming back an old friend 3/11/08

Bertolini’s story began here at Overbury Stud and we’re delighted that he has returned for the 2009 breeding season.

His first foals, conceived here in Gloucestershire, led to him becoming Europe’s leading first-season sire of 2005. The star of his first crop was G1 Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Donna Blini. But she was merely one of a whole host of juvenile winners he sired that year, and it was a similar story in both 2006 and 2007. In fact, his total of individual two-year-old winners from his first three crops was 77. Only one stallion anywhere else in the world has managed to beat this huge tally from three crops of racing age. Last year, was his third year with two-year-olds running and he celebrated it by becoming the leading sire of juveniles in Britain and Ireland by number of winners. He was also the top all-weather sire in 2007. His two-year-olds this year include the highly-rated Uvinza and King’s Troop. He is not, however, just a source of precocious talent. Among his older horses are the talented pair Moorhouse Lad and Prime Defender. Bertolini is also the sire of Medic Power, a record-breaking sprinter in Hong Kong, and Juice and All In Brawl have both won Stakes races for him in New Zealand this year. Right from the start, Bertolini’s stock in trade has been to throw winners and there are some really exciting prospects to look forward to. In 2006, on the back of his tremendous first-crop results, he was sent a really good book of mares, including the dams of Cockney Rebel, Le Vie Dei Colorei and Fast Company. In total, 28 black type mares visited him that year and the offspring of these mares will be two-year-olds in 2009. Bertolini is an exciting addition to our line-up here at Overbury and, at £4,000 (Oct 1 SLF), he’s great value, too. We look forward to re-introducing you to him over the next few months.

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Flipping good 27/10/08

Michael Flips, a winning point-to-pointer who was bought for 200,000gns at Brightwells’ Cheltenham sale in April, made a winning debut under rules when scoring by six lengths in a maiden hurdle at Stratford on Saturday, 25 October.

The four-year-old Kayf Tara gelding is the second foal of Pianissimo (Shernazar), herself a two-mile hurdle winner, and was bred in Ireland by Joan Sweeney. Having won between the flags in March at Lismore in the colours of his breeder, he now runs for Andy Turnell’s stable and looks to be another decent prospect for his sire.

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Zafeen colts sell profitably in Book 2 17/10/08

After an extraordinarily buoyant Book 1 at Tattersalls October Sale, trade was patchy during the three days of Book 2 (13-15 October) but Zafeen, whose first crop yearlings are selling this year, fared extremely well in the circumstances, returning an average of 35,000gns.

Three yearlings sold in Book 2, the highlight being a colt out of Lindfield Belle, which fetched 55,000gns. The half-brother to black type winners Domingues and Baltic King was consigned by Hawthorn Villa Stud in Ireland and was bought by Suzanne Roberts.

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‘A seriously good performance’ 17/10/08

Give It Time notched her third victory and second at Listed level when scoring by nine lengths in the Mares’ Hurdle at Punchestown on Thursday, 16 October.

Still only five, the Kayf Tara mare started her career on the flat in the UKwith James Given and was placed twice at two miles before being sold as a three-year-old at the December Sales for 18,000gns. Now owned by John Harrington, husband of her Irish trainer Jessica, Give It Time has been a consistent performer for her new stable.

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Two is the magic number 13/10/08

Five year-old Kayf Tara mare Tara Two Hills made it two wins from two starts with an eight-length victory at Bangor-on-Dee on Saturday, 11 October.

Her debut triumph had been recorded in similar fashion when she strolled home ten lengths clear of her rivals at Worcester in July. Two such pleasing performances have left owner Bill Walker and trainer Anthony Honeyball contemplating stepping their talented mare up to Listed class for her next racecourse outing.

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Super six for Katies Tuitor 01/10/08

Katies Tuitor landed another valuable hurdling prize on 27 September when winning the feature race on Market Rasen’s card and earning himself another £25,000 in prize-money.

The five-year-old clearly has a liking for the Lincolnshire track, having also won the Listed Summer Handicap Hurdle there in July. Six victories and four placings in 20 career starts have accrued more than £80,000 for his prize-money pot to date.

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Three out of three ain’t bad! 19/09/08

Not many breeders can claim a clean sweep of winners to runners but Jeremy Hinds currently finds himself in that enviable position.

Smokey Rye, by former Overbury resident Bertolini, set the ball rolling when winning at Kempton last November. She was the first foal of Hinds’ Efisio mare Another Secret and the family has been given a further boost with the victory of her two-year-old full-sister, Smokey Ryder, on her third start at Folkestone in August.

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Under the hammer 06/09/08

As the yearling sales season progresses, another 17 yearlings from the first crop of Zafeen are set to pass through the ring in September and October.

The St Leger Festival Sale (10-11 September) includes the first foal from the Victory Note mare Sambarina (lot 89), whose family has received a massive boost since the catalogue was printed courtesy of the G2 July Stakes victory of Classic Blade. His dam Queen Bodicea is a half-sister to Sambarina, as is the Listed winner Meanya.

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Ragdollianna triumphs at Bath 04/08/08

It’s no secret that Kayf Tara can produce decent flat horses: his first-crop daughter Ruby Wine showed us that when winning a Listed race at Newbury as a three-year-old.

Now another of his daughters, Ragdollianna, has reminded us of her sire’s versatility when winning a maiden at Bath over a mile and three-and-a-half furlongs.

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Speed and precocity the watch-words as Zafeen’s yearlings hit Doncaster 04/08/08

The St Leger Yearling Sale, which takes place from 26 to 28 August, is the first of its kind in the calendar on British soil and has become a notable source of precocious juveniles.

This year’s catalogue features five of Zafeen’s first crop, the first of which to go through the ring is lot 208, a filly whose half-sister Doughnut has been doing much to advertise the family’s talents this season with two wins to her name already, including a Conditions race at Chester in July.

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Katies Tuitor becomes Kayf Tara’s fifth NH Stakes winner 28/07/08

Whether winter or summer, Kayf Tara just keeps siring winners and the latest is Listed victor Katies Tuitor, who won the Summer Hurdle Handicap by four lengths on Market Rasen’s biggest day.

The five-year-old gelding has been a consistent performer right from the start, winning over a mile at two on only his second start for his breeder Brendan Duke, who trained him until the end of last season. It didn’t take long to show his prowess over hurdles, when winning a juvenile novices’ hurdle at Kempton by 20 lengths, swiftly followed up by victory at Sandown. These two performances saw him leap to prominence in the Triumph Hurdle betting market. Swerving Cheltenham, he ran fourth to the talented dual-purpose performer Punjabi in the G1 Ballymore Properties Champion 4-Y-O Hurdle at Punchestown last spring.

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Dancing to success 03/07/08

Legendary dancer and film star Cyd Charisse died last month but her name lives on through a six-year-old Kayf Tara mare who has now notched three wins over hurdles.

“It happened just before Christmas and the vet said it would be hugely expensive to operate,” says Nicole of the first horse she has bred. “It wasn’t negotiable that she should be given a chance; she was shut in over Christmas and amazingly the foot righted itself just with box rest.”

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Kayf Tara tops first day of Derby Sale 30/06/08

A three-year-old Kayf Tara gelding fetched €160,000 when sharing top billing after the first day’s trade at Tattersalls Ireland’s Derby Sale.

The first foal of the unraced Broadsword mare That’s Minnie, described by purchaser Maragaret O’Toole as ‘a gorgeous invividual who really filled the eye’, was consigned by Abbey Stables.

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Hats off to our Royal Ascot winners 12/06/08

For some people it’s about the fashion, for others it’s the swanky picnics but for those serious about top-class flat racing, no meeting typifies the British flat scene at its very best more perfectly than Royal Ascot.

Over the years, the Overbury stallions have made their own memorable contributions to the world’s most famous meeting, where the two-year-olds do battle for the first Group races of the season and the older horses vie for honours in career-defining clashes.

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Kayf Tara: Britain’s ‘great white hope’ 02/06/08

The 2007/08 jumps season will be remembered by us here at Overbury Stud as the year that Kayf Tara truly made his mark as a stallion to follow on the National Hunt scene. He finished the season as sire of 28 individual winners of 48 races, who amassed £350,462 in prize-money between them and put Kayf Tara in second position in the British jumps sires’ table. Not bad considering his eldest runners are still only six.

With such success on the track, it’s no surprise that good returns in the sales ring have followed. At Brightwells’ Cheltenham Sale in April, six of his offspring sold for an average of £62,500, which equates to 25 times his covering fee. The highest priced of these was Michael Flips, a four-year-old winning point-to-pointer, who made 200,000gns when sold to Aiden Murphy, the man responsible for buying Kayf Tara’s brightest star to date, Venalmar, as a foal.

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Zafeen’s first crop full of juvenile promise 17/05/08

There’s never a quiet time for sales companies – the spring breeze-ups may have concluded but inspection of prospective yearlings for this autumn’s sales is now underway and among those currently under consideration are members of Zafeen’s first crop.

The 99 mares which comprised the young stallion’s first book included 29 two-year-old winners and 25 matrons who have already produced juvenile winners. When one bears in mind what an exceptional two-year-old Zafeen himself was – he won the G2 Mill Reef Stakes and was runner-up in one of the fastest Prix Mornys in the last 20 years – it’s not hard to imagine that he has every chance to be to the forefront of the first-season sires’ table by this time next year.

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Measuring up to success 07/05/08

Mad Max’s eight-length G2 bumper win at Newbury in February marked him out as a horse with a big future. And we mean big.

The six-year-old Kayf Tara gelding stands at a whopping 18hh and his size was the main reason for him not appearing at the racecourse until this year.

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Inghwung upholds great jumping family record - 25/04/08

Six-year-old Kayf Tara mare Inghwung has been in wonderful form all season and recorded her third win of the year at Fontwell on 24 April.

Bred and owned by Pink Floyd guitarist Roger Waters of Kimbridge Stud, she hails from a family of winning jumpers. Inghwung races in the same colours as her steeplechasing dam Mossy Fern (Le Moss), who won eight races in the early 1990s for Oliver Sherwood’s stable. Her sons Samby, Mossy Bay and Little Al have all, like Inghwung, also been trained by Sherwood and have won seven races between them in addition to their half-sister’s hat-trick.

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Black Type for Touch Of Irish 08/04/08

Touch Of Irish came close to being Kayf Tara’s fifth stakes winner of the season when finishing runner-up in Aintree’s G2 Champion Bumper on Grand National day.

The six-year-old has already claimed two wide-margin victories in bumpers this season and posted a superb effort, showing a good turn of foot to lead in the straight until being just out-pointed by the fast-finishing Honest John.

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Late foaling no barrier to success 31/03/08

Breeders with mares due to foal in April or later still have time to book in to any of the stallions we have standing here at Overbury Stud.

As you may have noticed, Kayf Tara has had a marvellous season in the jumping division, despite that the fact that members of his first crop are still only six-year-olds. He is the sire of G1 runner-up and G2 winner Venalmar and Stakes winners Mad Max, Carruthers and Give It Time. While we have had plenty of interest in him, both in the UK and in Ireland, he’s  a very fertile horse and we hope to be in a position to consider late additions to his book.

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‘He’s as good as any horse I’ve brought to Cheltenham’ 17/03/08

That was the opinion of trainer Mouse Morris directly after Venalmar’s agonisingly narrow defeat in the G1 Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last Friday.

Clearly holding the first-crop son of Kayf Tara in the highest regard, Morris went on to say: “He might go to Punchestown but he’s 17 hands and crying out for fences. He is going to be a hell of a horse when he goes chasing next season."

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Proclamation fillies are sisters in more ways than one 12/03/08

Two Proclamation fillies born within hours of each other at Ashbrittle Stud are both nursing from the same mare after one lost her dam within minutes of her birth on 18 February.

Following a trouble-free foaling for maiden mare Nina Fontenail, tragedy struck at the Somerset farm when Inchalong, owned by Ashbrittle’s stud groom Brendan Boyle, died from a heart attack leaving her young foal orphaned. “Nina Fontenail foaled at 10pm and Inchalong started an hour later but her contractions weren’t strong and I knew we were in trouble,” recalls Brendan. “I worked under a superb stud groom, Bill Cornish at Shadwell, and he taught me everything. I managed to get the foal out and we then rubbed the afterbirth of the other foal, on her which I’d seen Bill do before. Thankfully Nina took to her, which is amazing when you think she’s only just had her first foal but she’s wonderful and she’s been so straightforward.” Despite the sadness of losing Inchalong, Brendan has something to look forward to as his other mare Fine Frenzy is also in foal to Proclamation and is due to deliver next week. He says: “I was a big fan of Proclamation as a racehorse and he has let down so well.” His opinion is clearly shared by David Little, owner of the grey Nina Fontenail, who was a dual winner when trained by Rod Millman, as she will be making a return visit to Proclamation this year. 7 March 2008

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Proclamation a fitting legacy for Ryan

The late Cathal Ryan, who died last December, tasted success as an owner and breeder at the highest level both on the flat and over jumps. Cork All Star, who won the 2007 Champion Bumper, returns to Cheltenham in just under two weeks for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle but it is though Proclamation that Ryan’s name is guaranteed to remain linked with thoroughbred breeding for years to come.

The young stallion, who was bred at Ryan’s Swordlestown Stud and sold to Sheikh Mohammed as a yearling for 84,000gns, currently has his first few foals on the ground. Following appearances at Doncaster’s January Sale and Tattersalls’ February Sale, demand has been strong for the grey son of King’s Best and that’s hardly surprising. Athletically built with plenty of scope and size, once seen he’s a must for any breeder’s shortlist.Looks aren’t everything, however, and we don’t need to cast our minds back too far to the summer of 2005 to remember what a superb individual he was on the racecourse. His Heron Stakes win in May set the ball rolling for a stream of wonderful performances, including victories in the Jersey and Sussex Stakes at the two meetings which are synonymous with British summertime and top-class racing: Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood. Incidentally, that same year saw his Hernando half-brother No Refuge, who was a Listed winner on the flat, record another win for Ryan as breeder at the Cheltenham Festival in the colours of Graham Wylie, an achievement which led to their dam Shamarra being crowned best broodmare at the ITBA Awards.Duty now falls to her best son Proclamation to add to the family’s roll of winners, a task for which he is amply qualified and which would provide a fitting legacy for his breeder.

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Super six primed for Cheltenham

With entries now complete for the novice and handicap hurdle contests at the Cheltenham Festival, Kayf Tara has six runners heading to Prestbury Park with great chances.

The Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (G1) is the traditional curtain-raiser on the Tuesday of the meeting and Space Mission, who holds a number of entries this weekend at Sandown, Kempton and Newcastle, is set to represent Paul Webber’s stable. A winner on his last start at Huntingdon on 23 January, the six-year-old was a €70,000 foal and is a half-brother to multiple jumps winner Bellator. Space Mission is also entered for the following day’s Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle (G1), in which he could face a talented trio in Carruthers, Venalmar and Sigma Digital. While Carruthers will carry the colours of his popular owner/breeder Lord Oaksey, Venalmar and Sigma Digital will be representing the powerful Irish stables of Mouse Morris and Noel Meade. Both have shown consistent form in their short careers thus far with multiple wins and places apiece. That same day, The Package holds an entry for the Coral Cup but also has a potential engagement in the final race of the Festival, The Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle (G3). Hailing as he does from David Pipe’s stable, it would be no surprise to see The Package line up for the Imperial Cup at Sandown on the Saturday before Cheltenham. The Pipe team has thrice been responsible for claiming the lucrative bonus put up by sponsor Sunderlands for any horse who can win the Imperial Cup and a race at Cheltenham during the Festival. The Package, a five-year-old out of the Ardross mare Ardent Bride, is a Bumper and hurdles winner and ran a good second at Sandown on his most recent outing on 15 February. The Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle over three miles is one of two entries for Cryptic, who has notched three wins for owner Diana Whateley this season. Trained by Philip Hobbs, like his dual-winning paternal half-brother Kornati Kid, Cryptic is also a possible for the Albert Bartlett Spa Novices’ Hurdle (G1) on Gold Cup day, a race for which the aforementioned Carruthers, Venalmar and Sigma Digital are also entered.  Whichever race each individual ends up contesting, the growing army of Kayf Tara fans will have plenty to cheer about come Cheltenham week.

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Stravara, Mad Max and Carruthers star in another good weekend for Kayf Tara

Stravara, who first visited the winner’s enclosure as a two-year-old when winning on only his third start, added a hurdles victory to his resumé with success at Warwick on Saturday, 9 February.

His win for owner/breeder Eric Bennion came just fifteen minutes after Mad Max kept his unbeaten record intact with a convincing victory in a competitive Grade 2 Bumper at Newbury, where he saw off fancied rivals in The Nightingale and The Old Pretender. The strapping gelding, who races for Carole Skipworth and his breeder Paul Murphy, is the third Graded winner for his sire but is likely to swerve the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham with his trainer Nicky Henderson indicating that his future lies in staying chases. A day earlier, Carruthers, who certainly is Cheltenham-bound, extended his winning record to three with an all-the-way win at Bangor. The five-year-old’s opponents included a pair of smart chasers, A Glass In Thyne and Innox, who filled the minor places but finished 25 lengths adrift of the bold front-runner. The trio of wins takes Kayf Tara’s record for the jumps season to 22 individual winners of 35 races and keeps him at the head of the British-based National Hunt sires’ table as of Sunday, 10 February.

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Proclamation and Zafeen on parade at Tattersalls

For those breeders who have not yet had a chance to visit Overbury Stud to see the stallions, Proclamation and Zafeen will be on show in the ring at Tattersalls on Thursday, 7 February at 10am, prior to the February Sale. For closer inspection, they will be stabled in Further Paddocks at the sales complex.

We’ve been thrilled at how well both Champion milers have been supported since retiring to Overbury. Proclamation, now in his second season at stud, covered more dams of Group winners than any stallion in Britain or Ireland standing at the equivalent of £5,000 or less. Zafeen's first book in 2006 included no fewer than 44 two-year-old winners or dams of two-year-old winners – exactly the kind of mares that can help him off to a flying start. His first foals sold in 2007, making up to £78,000 and averaging almost five times his stud fee. With Proclamation standing at £4,000 and Zafeen at £3,000, we believe both represent outstanding value. Not only are they both beautifully bred individuals but, as you can see from our stallion pages on the website, they have the racecourse form to back it up. And as for conformation, you’ll be able to judge this for yourself on Thursday or give us a call to arrange to visit them at home, here at Overbury.

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Cryptic books Cheltenham place with third win

Kayf Tara six-year-old Cryptic made it three wins from five runs under rules with a convincing victory at Wincanton on 31 January. He will now be aimed at the Cheltenham Festival and holds entries in the Pertemps Final and three-mile novice hurdle. Earth Planet, who won a Bumper on his debut and is also by Kayf Tara, was second and has now been placed five times.

Like Kornati Kid, who was one of Kayf Tara’s trio of winners the previous day, Cryptic runs in the colours of Diana Whateley from the Philip Hobbs yard. It is the second time he has beaten Earth Planet, who was also runner-up to him at Wincanton in November with Kornati Kid, now a dual scorer, in third. Cryptic is out of the Persian Heights mare Persian Symphony, who won over nine and 12 furlongs when trained in Ireland by Noel Meade. Kayf Tara is now the sire of 21 individual winners of 32 races to date this jumps season.

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Kayf Tara "on fire" after thrilling day at the sales and races

‘The sire is on fire at the moment,’ said Frannie Woods, purchaser of the session-topping 35,000gns Kayf Tara two-year-old on day two of Doncaster’s January Sale, and we couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

With a yearling colt and two-year-old gelding both fetching 35,000gns, Kayf Tara was responsible for the top two lots in the Doncaster sales ring on Wednesday, 30 January, while on the track his offspring won at three different racecourses.

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Carruthers a wonderful epilogue for Lord Oaksey’s tale

Mince Pie For Starters, Lord Oaksey’s hugely enjoyable autobiography, concluded with the former amateur rider and racing journalist hoping his future enjoyment from racing would centre on the first foal of his broodmare Plaid Maid.

The resultant colt (now a gelding) is none other than Kayf Tara’s second-crop son Carruthers, 13-length winner of the G2 Leamington Novices’ Hurdle at Warwick on 12 January and currently quoted at 12/1 for the Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

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Kayf Tara on a winning Mission

Space Mission and Mad Max became the latest success stories in what is fast becoming a boom season for his sire Kayf Tara, when both six-year-olds scored with ease this week.

Space Mission landed the Peter Cullis Novices’ Hurdle (Div 1) at Huntingdon on Wednesday, 23 January. Runner-up at the track in the Boxing Day Bumper of 2006, this was his first outing over hurdles and he made light work of the testing conditions under promising young jockey William Kennedy to hold off last-time-out winner I Have Dreamed.

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Trio of winners gets new year off to a flyer

It has been a happy new year for Overbury Stud protégés, with three horses raised at the stud having saluted the judge within a week in early January.

Weet By Far started the ball rolling with her win at Wolverhampton on 12 January. Having just turned three, the Bertolini filly built on several placed efforts as a juvenile to defy top weight in a seven-furlong handicap in the colours of Ed Weetman. Out of the G3-winning Kahyasi mare Shaiybara, Weet By Far is a half-sister to two winners in Shaiyran and Shaiyzima. She was bred by Jocelyn Targett, whose mares are permanent boarders here at Overbury Stud. From the same Aga Khan family as Sendawar, Shaiybara shares her third dam, Shahana, with fellow Overbury resident Proclamation, to whom she is currently in foal.

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Four-timer for Kayf Tara on New Year’s Eve

02/01/12 – Britain’s leading National Hunt sire ended 2011 in style with winners at Warwick, Uttoxeter and Punchestown

Kayf Tara extended his number of winners for the season to 40 and his strike rate to 35 per cent with four winners on New Year’s Eve at three different racecourses in Britain and Ireland.

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