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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.

Speaking after the race, his trainer Gary Moore said: “We might go hurdling sooner rather than later because he's schooled well at home and he's built to jump obstacles, he's a monster. He's the best I've got and we've worked him with Mourilyan (placed in last year’s Melbourne Cup) at home, which tells you how much of an engine this fellow has. He could be anything.”

Prior to Aintree, Megastar was last seen in action running a game fifth in the bumper at Cheltenham and, having won first time out at Sandown in November, he has already shown some early promise that he will live up to his name. His full-sister Megasue is also a multiple winner over hurdles and in bumpers and both were bred by Jeremy Hinds’ Pleasure Palace Racing, out of the Karinga Bay mare Megalex.

Megastar’s victory rounded off a great Aintree for Kayf Tara, whose son Mad Max romped to a memorable win in the G2 Manifesto Novices’ Chase on the opening day and Carruthers did his best to peg back What A Friend when finishing runner-up in the G1 Totesport Bowl.

There’s no let-up even after the Grand National and racing continued at Southwell on Sunday where the Martin Keighley-trained Total Submission made much of the running when winning the two-mile bumper. By Kayf Tara out of Ardentinny (Ardross), the five-year-old grey gelding was bred by Steve Hadley, who has booked Ardentinny back in to Kayf Tara again this year.