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Solid returns for Kayf Tara at Derby Sale

Winning pointer sells for €130,000 while 13 geldings set an average price of €54,846
27 June 2014

Europe’s flagship store horse auction, the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale, saw some excellent results for Kayf Tara, with 16 of his offspring sold for an average price of €46,813. The 13 geldings sold returned an average of €54,846.

Kayf Tara’s most expensive horse from the sale hailed from the select horses-in-training section, a new initiative at the Derby Sale which proved popular with buyers. The five-year-old gelding How About It will head into training with Rebecca Curtis having been bought by Gearoid Costello for €130,000 after winning a point-to-point in Ireland.

Top of the stores was a three-year-old brother to the eight-time winner Rathlin, who landed the Grade 2 Nas Na Riogh Novices’ Chase for Mouse Morris in the Gigginstown House Stud colours. Unsurprisingly it was the same trainer who stepped up to pay €85,000 for the gelding offered by Liss House, who sold another three-year-old gelding to Mouse Morris for €60,000. The April-born son of Maiden Voyage is also from a family well known to Morris as his dam is a half-sister to Kayf Tara’s classy son Venalmar.

JP McManus’s racing manager Frank Berry went to €65,000 to secure another three-year-old, the first foal of the multiple-winning French-bred mare Dame d’Asie, offered by Stow Stud.

Tim Vaughan, Gordon Elliott, Colin Tizzard and Seamus Mullins were among the trainers who bought Kayf Tara’s progeny at Fairyhouse, while Highflyer Bloodstock went to €46,000 for a three-year-old gelding out of the Listed-winning hurdler Georgia On My Mind.