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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.

The eye-catching dark brown seven-year-old (bred by Joan Egan at Lavender Hill Stud) gave owners Paul Barber and Margaret Findlay some compensation on the day Denman’s blunders put paid to his chances in the Aon Chase and it is hoped that Alfie Sherrin’s next outing may be in the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival.

Up at Ayr, Tarabaloo recorded her third victory for owner/breeder Ron Metcalfe with a four-length strike in the Victor Chandler Handicap Hurdle over two miles and six furlongs while six-year-old Tom O’Tara got off the mark in the two-mile novice hurdle at Warwick with Galoshes, also by Kayf Tara, (bred by George Hartigan) finishing third.

Earlier in the week another two of Kayf Tara’s offspring recorded first wins. The grey mare Stick Together, bred and trained by Malcolm Jefferson, landed a novices’ handicap hurdle on 9 February at Market Rasen while five-year-old Gallox Bridge won at the first time of asking when landing a Fontwell bumper by eight lengths for his owner/breeder Robert Tompkins.

With Kayf Tara’s eldest runners now aged eight, he is starting to be better represented in the steeplechasing division and he currently boasts a highly pleasing strike rate of 33 per cent winner to runners. Ten of his 30 chasers to have run this season have won 11 races between them.