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Kayf Tara half-brothers to Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree play their part in memorable streak for the Bradstock family
30 March 2015

The late mare Plaid Maid has left a terrific legacy at Mark and Sara Bradstock’s Old Manor Stables, the yard which houses her sons Coneygree (Karinga Bay), the sensational winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, as well as Hennessy Gold Cup winner Carruthers (Kayf Tara) and Flintham (Kayf Tara), who won his third race of the season on Thursday.

Plaid Maid, a daughter of Executive Perk who raced for Lord Oaksey and won five times over hurdles and fences, was a proper stayer and she has passed on her prowess to her sons who have now won 21 races between them.

It’s hard to imagine that the extraordinary success of the novice Coneygree in the Gold Cup will ever be surpassed but his older and younger Kayf Tara brothers – the first and last of Plaid Maid’s offspring – have added the icing on the cake to a real purple patch for Lord Oaksey’s daughter and son-in-law with Carruthers’ hard-fought victory at Newbury in the Silver Jubilee Handicap Chase on 21 March followed by Flintham’s seven-length strike at Ffos Las.

Described by his young rider, Paul Nicholls’ conditional jockey Sean Bowen, as “the best jumper I’ve ever sat on”, Flintham will step up to steeplechasing next season after winning three times over hurdles.

Despite the loss of Plaid Maid when foaling Flintham, the family’s association with Kayf Tara does not end there, as her seven-year-old daughter Maid Of Oaksey (Overbury) was covered by Britain’s champion National Hunt sire just ten minutes before Coneygree won the Gold Cup. We look forward to seeing her offspring racing for the Bradstocks in years to come.