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Kayf Tara: Britain’s ‘great white hope’ 02/06/08

The 2007/08 jumps season will be remembered by us here at Overbury Stud as the year that Kayf Tara truly made his mark as a stallion to follow on the National Hunt scene. He finished the season as sire of 28 individual winners of 48 races, who amassed £350,462 in prize-money between them and put Kayf Tara in second position in the British jumps sires’ table. Not bad considering his eldest runners are still only six.

With such success on the track, it’s no surprise that good returns in the sales ring have followed. At Brightwells’ Cheltenham Sale in April, six of his offspring sold for an average of £62,500, which equates to 25 times his covering fee. The highest priced of these was Michael Flips, a four-year-old winning point-to-pointer, who made 200,000gns when sold to Aiden Murphy, the man responsible for buying Kayf Tara’s brightest star to date, Venalmar, as a foal.

At Doncaster’s Spring Store Sale last week, nine of his youngsters changed hands for an average of £15,800. These included lot 132, a three-year-old out of the Northfields mare Norska, who has produced nine winners to date. Consigned by Little Lodge Farm Stud, the gelding has joined the stable of Nick Gifford after being purchased by the trainer for 34,000gns.

Lot 251, another three-year-old gelding from the family of top jumpers Gungadu and The Tsarevich and offered by Goldford Stud, fetched 30,000gns while Bobby O’Ryan went to 22,000gns for Wishesonthewind, a three-year-old filly out of hurdles winner Alcalali.

We’re proud of Kayf Tara’s superb record, which has been achieved with the help of all the breeders who supported him in his early years at stud. Not surprisingly, there are now many more breeders on both sides of the Irish Sea eager to use the horse described by Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder magazine as Britain’s “great white hope”.

They went on to say: “Kayf Tara, who had 107 runners compared with 303 for Presenting, is undoubtedly one to watch”.  We couldn’t agree more.