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Special day at Aintree

Kayf Tara gelding Special Tiara becomes his sire’s second Grade 1 winner with victory in the Maghull Novices’ Chase 7 April 2013

 

The Henry de Bromhead-trained Special Tiara announced himself as one of the rising stars of the chasing ranks with a hard-fought length and three-quarters victory over the talented Overturn in the Grade 1 Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree on Grand National day.

Bred in Britain by David Young, the Kayf Tara six-year-old has international connections as he is trained in Ireland and raced in the stars-and-stripes colours of American owner Sally Rowley-Williams, for whom he was winning for the first time.

It was not, however, Special Tiara’s first victory. He won a maiden hurdle at Kilbeggan followed by a beginners’ chase at Ballinrobe last year and has finished in the first two on six of his seven career starts.

The imposing gelding is the first foal of the Bob Back mare Special Choice, an unraced half-sister to winning jumper Royal Choice.

Special Tiara is the second winner at the highest level for Kayf Tara following Planet Of Sound, who won the Grade 1 Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup in 2010. There was more black type for Britain’s leading National Hut sire at Aintree when the grey Mac Aeda, bred by his trainer Malcolm Jefferson, finished second to Battle Group in the Listed John Smith’s Handicap Chase.