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Kayf Tara successful on track and in the ring

Good week at the DBS Spring Sale with top price of £50,000 for a store horse and £60,000 for a horse in training 21 May 2012


Britain’s champion National Hunt sire Kayf Tara continued in good form last week with another five winners added to his tally – in a bumper, two hurdle races, a hunter chase and on the Flat!

Five-year-old mare Keshi Pearl landed a Uttoxeter bumper for The Wadeley Partnership and Henry Daly the same day that Irene Kennet landed her fourth victory on the Flat, this time at Bath in the 1m5f handicap. Forty-eight hours later, the five-time point-to-point winner What A Laugh won his second hunter chase at Aintree.

On 17 May, six-year-old bumper winner Just Cameron made his first start over hurdles a winning one when landing the maiden hurdle at Bangor for Philip Kirby and owners Mrs and Mrs Paul Chapman. Just Cameron is a full-brother to the Grade 2-placed multiple winner Fentara, their dam being the Phardante mare Miss Fencote.

Nine-year-old gelding Sail And Return recorded his fourth hurdles victory on Sunday with a length-and-a-half win at Stratford for owner/trainer Phil Middleton.

Away from the racecourse action, Britain’s biggest store sale took place at Doncaster, with 14 Kayf Tara youngsters selling for an average of £15,821. The average for the seven geldings sold was £20,285, with the top price of £50,00 being given for a three-year-old gelding out of three-time winner Za Beau (Beneficial) from the family of Grade 2 winner On His Own. Philip Hobbs, who trains Kayf Tara’s top-rated Grade 1 winner Planet Of Sound, bought the New Hall Stud-consigned offering.

As always at National Hunt sales, the fillies’ average came in at lower than that for the geldings but was still more than twice Kayf Tara’s highest ever stud fee at £11,557 for seven sold, with a top price of £24,000. The four-year-old fillies sold would have been conceived at a fee of £2,500, and the three-year-olds at £4,500.

The DBS Spring Sale also featured a horses-in-training section at which three of Kayf Tara’s runners were sold for an average of £25,000. Top of the trio was the consistent performer and six-time winner Micheal Flips, who sold from Andy Turnell’s stable for £60,000 and has joined Enda Bolger’s team in Ireland.