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Strong store market for Kayf Tara

30/06/10 - Seven lots sold for an average of €45,250 at Derby Sale

Colm Murphy, the trainer of Brave Inca and Big Zeb, took home the highest priced Kayf Tara store from Tattersalls Ireland’s Derby sale when buying a three-year-old out of the five-time winner Pousettiere Deux for €85,000.

Consigned by Mr and Mrs A S O’Brien, the unbroken gelding is a full-brother to Tara Royal, who has won twice over hurdles and once between the flags.

Ben Case and Kevin Ross signed the ticket for a €55,000 gelding, also three, out of One Of Those Days, whose winners include Carnival Town. One Of Those Days is a Soviet Lad half-sister to the Stayers’ Hurdle winner Anzum and multiple winners Jazilah and Sh Boom.

Glasscorn Stables paid €42,000 to secure a half-brother to the multiple hurdles winner Timeless Chick from the Shanaville Stables draft. The gelding’s dam Be My Bird has visited Kayf Tara three times and has a bumper-placed six-year-old and a yearling colt.

Ballybin Stud consigned a gelding from the black type flat mare Squaw Talk, by Gulch, who has already produced a bumper winner by Kayf Tara named Westmeath. Her three-year-old sold for €40,000 to James Nolan.

A shrewd selector of jumping stock, trainer Nick Williams, who does so well with young French-breds, opted to add a son of Kayf Tara to his string when going to €38,000 for an unbroken gelding out of Smart Topsy, dam of the dual steeplechase winner Smart Cavalier.

The seven lots by Kayf Tara sold at Fairyhouse resulted in an encouraging average of €45,250 during a testing period for store sales.

As well as being highly sought after in Ireland, Kayf Tara was honoured at the TBA Awards dinner in Newmarket on Monday evening, when Simon Sweeting was presented with the Whitbread Silver Salver for Kayf Tara having been the leading active British-based National Hunt stallion for the 2008/09 jumping season.