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Kayf Tara one-two in the Hennessy Gold Cup

26/11/11 - Carruthers and Planet of Sound storm to success at Newbury

Carruthers, one of the most popular jumpers in training, led from the off to record a famous and emotional victory in the G3 Hennessy Gold Cup Chase at Newbury, beating his paternal half-brother Planet Of Sound by three and three-quarter lengths.

Sent off at 10/1, Carruthers, a member of Kayf Tara’s second crop, was bred by Lord Oaksey and races for The Oaksey Partnership, a syndicate put together by the former amateur jockey and racing journalist. He is trained by Lord Oaksey’s son-in-law Mark Bradstock and has now won seven of his 21 starts and more than £250,000 in prize-money, with his victories including the G2 Reynoldstown Chase at Ascot in 2009.

A year older, Planet Of Sound has made a tremendous return from injury, getting his head in front of Carruthers two from home but ultimately having to admit defeat after a mighty leap from the winner at the last sealed his fate.

The nine-year-old won the G1 Guinness Gold Cup at Punchestown in April 2010 and has been absent from the racecourse since finishing fifth to Long Run in the rescheduled King George VI Chase on 15 January this year.

He holds an entry for that same race on Boxing Day, while Carruthers is likely to be seen next in the Welsh National, which is also just after Christmas.

Kayf Tara is currently the leading British-based National Hunt sire by number of winners and with a superb strike rate of 30 per cent winners to runners.