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Kayf Tara has leading average at Derby sale 3/7/09

Jumping may be taking a back seat to the flat at this time of the year but the sales season never ends and Kayf Tara has once again been making headlines at Tattersalls Ireland’s Derby Sale.

His four lots sold set the highest average of the sale at 73,000 Euros, ahead of Presenting on 39,000 Euros, Oscar (31,000 Euros) and Flemensfirth (26,500 Euros). Lot 246, a three-year-old gelding out of Fairmead Princess brought Kayf Tara’s top price of the sale, and third-highest overall, when knocked down for 130,000 Euros to John Hussey. Fairmead Princess emanates from an Aga Khan family that has thrown up a number of good jumps winners, including the Grade One winner Behrajan. The Walshtown Stables-consigned gelding is her first foal and, while she was unplaced on the racecourse, Fairmead Princess is out of a four-time hurdles winner and is a half-sister to four National Hunt winners.

Lily The Lark, winner of 15 point-to-points, is the dam of another three-year-old by Kayf Tara, who fetched 75,000 Euros. Owned and consigned by David and John Bamber, the gelding, who had previously been sold as a foal for 17,000 Euros, caught the eye of one of the stallion’s greatest supporters, agent Aiden Murphy. Lily The Lark is also the dam of bumper winner Silly Wupple and has a Kayf Tara four-year-old and yearling colt.

Kayf Tara and Far Cry will forever be locked together in the memories of racing fans after their epic battle in the Ascot Gold Cup of 2000, the final race of Kayf Tara’s career, in which he held off Martin Pipe’s runner by a head. A Kayf Tara half-brother to Far Cry, out of another mare who hails from one of the Aga Khan’s great families, Darabaka, was snapped up by Russell McNabb for 65,000 Euros having been consigned by Summerhill Stud.