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Hawkes Point and Tea For Two strike for Kayf Tara

Grade 2 and Listed victories add to super season for Overbury stalwart
10 January 2015

Riding high with more than £800,000 in progeny earnings for the season to date, Britain’s champion jumps sire Kayf Tara enjoyed another memorable Saturday with a Grade 3 chase win for Hawkes Point, a Listed hurdles success for Tea For Two and a first-time-out bumper victory for Copper Kay.

Runner-up last season in the Welsh National, Hawkes Point, a full-brother to Cheltenham Festival winner and fellow black-type earner Alfie Sherrin, demonstrated grit and staying power to land the G3 Betfred Classic Chase for champion trainer Paul Nicholls at Warwick. Bred by Joan Egan, the 10-year-old has also won over hurdles and between the flags, as well as being beaten a head by Mountainous in the 2103 Welsh National and contesting the Grand National itself at Aintree last year.

Hawkes Point's success came just half an hour after the progressive Tea For Two romped to glory in the Listed Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton. Foot-perfect in jumping and galloping to a 16-length victory, he was aided by talented young conditional jockey Lizzie Kelly, riding in the colours of her mother Jane Williams. The six-year-old gelding is out of the Tragic Role mare One For Me and was bred by Mrs P G Lewin.

The final star performance of the day went to Copper Kay, who made a winning debut in the bumper at Warwick for owner/breeders Aiden Murphy and Alan Peterson. Now five, the Philip Hobbs-trained mare is the first foal of talented six-time hurdles and chase winner Presenting Copper, who also raced for the Hobbs stables in the Peterson colours.

From 51 runners in Britain and Ireland since the start of 2015, Kayf Tara has been represented by 10 winners, with his tally for the season to date standing at 61 winners from 221 runners – a strike-rate of 27 per cent.

Having become the first British-based National Hunt stallion to pass the £1 million mark for progeny earnings last season with a total of £1,034,398, Kayf Tara is well on his way to beating that tally this time around, with his runners in 2014/15 having already earned £808,522 with more than three months to go to the end of the season.