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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.

Sent off as favourite, the six-year-old gelding posted an admirable display of jumping as he forged on strongly through the heavy conditions in his customary position at the head of affairs.

Bred by Lord Oaksey and trained by his son-in-law Mark Bradstock, Carruthers has now triumphed six times in the colours of the Oaksey Partnership, including in the G2 Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase at Ascot in February.

During Lord Oaksey’s tenure as Audax, the racing correspondent for Horse & Hound, he will almost certainly be best remembered for his superb report on the success of Mandarin, after whom the Newbury race is named, in the Grand Steeplechase de Paris. The great chaser’s bit broke in the early stages of the race leaving his jockey Fred Winter without steering and brakes. Staggeringly, the duo still managed to gallop home to victory, a performance on which Oaksey remarked: 'I have never seen a comparable feat, never expect to - and can only thank God I was there.'

29 December 2009