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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.

Fiona Magee went to €48,000 for a Mill House-stud consigned colt (lot 908) out of a half-sister to G2-winning hurdler Champagne Harry. Aiden Murphy secured his yearling full-brother (lot 187) for €46,000 earlier in the sale and also signed the ticket for lot 570, a Kayf Tara half-brother to Watson Lake, at €43,000.

Kennycourt Stud took a fancy to another Kayf Tara colt from Cleaboy Stud & Coppice Farm’s consignment and were successful in their bid of €44,000 for the son of Glenmoss Tara (lot 895), who is a full-sister to the good chasing mare Heltornic.

Former leading jump jockey-turned-bloodstock agent Norman Williamson, who operates under the Oak Tree Farm banner, went to €34,000 for a Kayf Tara colt (lot 979) out of the Grade 3-placed steeplechaser Corrieann. The Goldford Stud draft enjoyed another good return when Ben Case paid €32,000 for the first foal of the Trempolino mare Mille Et Une (lot 710).

On the racecourse, Kayf Tara seven-year-old Earth Planet made a highly promising comeback after a year’s break to finish just three-quarters of a length behind Lie Forrit when second in the Listed Jardine Lloyd Thompson Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham’s Open Meeting.