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Kayf Tara’s great season continues

Five winners so far in January give the Overbury resident the best strike-rate of leading quintet in Britain and Ireland 14 January 2014


Lieutenant Colonel, Carole’s Destrier, Bold Tara, Planet Of Sound and No Buts have all added their names to Kayf Tara’s winners’ tally for 2014 to give Britain’s champion National Hunt sire an impressive seasonal strike-rate of 29%.

This figure is higher than that posted by Milan, Oscar, Presenting and Flemensfirth, the quartet of stallions above in the jump sires’ table for Britain and Ireland by prize-money, while Kayf Tara once again leads all British-based National Hunt stallions.

Five-year-old Lieutenant Colonel got the ball rolling in Ireland on January 1 when winning the New Year Maiden Hurdle at Fairyhouse for Dessie Hughes, taking his record to two wins and a second from just three starts.

The following day, Carole’s Destrier broke his maiden at Huntingdon for Neil Mulholland and Carole Skipworth to add to his four runner-up finishes in seven outings to date.

Seven-year-old mare Bold Tara got on the scoresheet for her owner/breeder Anne Lee-Warner in the handicap hurdle at Southwell on January 6, and may well tackle fences in the near future, according to trainer Martin Keighley.

Two real old favourites were in action on Saturday, with 12-year-old Planet Of Sound still showing plenty of ability to win the three-mile handicap chase at Kempton. Clifford Lloyd-Baker’s homebred has now won seven of his 27 starts and has been placed on a further 11 occasions.

The same day, Kayf Tara’s Hennessy Gold Cup winner Carruthers, now 11, bounced around Warwick in impressive fashion, eventually finishing runner-up to Shotgun Paddy in the Grade 3 Betfred Classic Chase.

Kayf Tara’s most recent winner came at Plumpton on Monday when six-year-old No Buts romped home the 14-length winner of the 2m4f handicap chase, racing in the colours of his breeder, the Wontcostalot Partnership.