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Fourth British championship for Kayf Tara

Overbury resident is leading domestic National Hunt sire for 2012/13 season and fifth in Britain and Ireland among active jump sires 30 April 2012

 

On Saturday Kayf Tara gained his fourth British Champion National Hunt sire title after finishing the 2012/13 season on a winning strike rate of 32 per cent.

Aintree Grade 1 winner Special Tiara headed a magnificent season for Kayf Tara, who successfully defended his title by siring 53 winners of 75 races with prize-money earnings by his progeny reaching £694,854.

Old favourites such as former Hennessy Gold Cup winner Carruthers also added to a memorable season, with the ten-year-old adding another two victories to his tally which now stands at nine wins and six places from 31 starts. His four-year-old brother is also in training with Mark Bradstock and will be one to follow in coming seasons.

In Ireland, the Willie Mullins-trained Mozoltov won the Grade 2 Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown in February to remain unbeaten over hurdles. He was recently sold at the Goffs Punchestown sale for €170,000. Though in new ownership, the seven-year-old remains in training with Mullins, who describes him as “top drawer”.

Yet another black-type winner for Kayf Tara this year was Tara Rose, who won the Listed EBF/TBA Mares’ Novices’ Chase Finale at Cheltenham in April. She too is highly regarded by her trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies and is certain to be competitive in the expanding black-type programme for National Hunt mares during the coming year.