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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.

“I’m chuffed to bits,” said Planet Of Sound’s trainer Phillip Hobbs. “He’s always been a very nice horse. It was his first start over three miles but he stayed on very well today. He made one mistake down the far side, but apart from that jumped very well.

“He’s a very genuine horse and when I saw 25/1 in today’s paper I couldn’t believe it! We knew he’d get the trip and he stayed on well. We can dream all summer now. He has plenty of pace and the King George would probably be the aim and we can dream on after that. He could start off in something like the Betfair Chase at Haydock.”

Planet Of Sound is out of Herald The Dawn, by Dubasoff, and has now won six races, including the G2 Haldon Gold Cup, and has been placed on a further seven occasions, amassing earnings of £227,339.

It has been a memorable month for the Lloyd-Bakers, who also own Planet Of Sound’s half-brother From Dawn To Dusk, winner of the Listed John Smith’s Handicap Chase at the Grand National meeting and subsequently G2-placed at Cheltenham.

Kayf Tara, the leading British-based National Hunt sire, is now in ninth position overall on the jumps sires’ table with an impressive 30 per cent winners to runners strike rate.