Kayf Tara is a rangy horse who has let down into an extremely handsome stallion. His most obvious attraction is his tremendous walk which he seems unfailingly to pass on to his stock. He is a true-breeding bay and at 16.1½HH he gets good-sized foals.’ SIMON SWEETING

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Three 2 1 1
Four 6 3 1 1
Five 5 4 1
Six 2 2
Total 15 10 1 2 1


At 3

Maiden race, 10f, Ascot.

At 4 European Champion Stayer

Ascot Gold Cup (G1), 20f, Ascot.
Irish St Leger (G1), 14f, Curragh.

At 5 European Champion Stayer

Irish St Leger (G1), 14f, Curragh, by 8l.
Goodwood Cup (G2), 16f, Goodwood, by 4l.
Prix Kergorlay (G2), 15f, Deauville, by 5l.
Prix Vicomtesse Vigier (G2), 15½f, Longchamp.
Ascot Gold Cup (G1), 20f, Ascot.

At 5 European Champion Stayer

Ascot Gold Cup (G1), 20f, Ascot.
Yorkshire Cup (G2), 13½f, York, by 4l.

Kayf Tara retired to stud in 2001.

He has sired 163 winners under NH rules (41% of runners) and 11 winners on the flat (32% of runners) to November 2015.

Best horses

SPECIAL TIARA (Bob Back) G1 Maghull Novices’ Chase, G1 AP McCoy Celebration Chase, G2 Desert Orchid Chase, 3rd G1 Ryanair Novice Chase
PLANET OF SOUND (Dubassoff) G1 Punchestown Gold Cup, G2 Haldon Gold Cup, 2nd G3 Hennessy Gold Cup, 3rd G1 Lancashire Chase, G1 Arkle Challenge Trophy
LIEUTENANT COLONEL (Abou Zouz) G1 Christmas Hurdle, G1 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle, G2 Festival Novice Hurdle, 3rd G1 Punchestown Champion Novices Hurdle
THISTLECRACK (Ardross) G1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle, 2nd G1 Irish Daily Mirror Novices’ Hurdle
VENALMAR (Persian Bold) G2 Slaney Novices’ Hurdle, 2nd G1 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle
CARRUTHERS (Executive Perk) G2 Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase, G2 Leamington Novices’ Hurdle, G3 Hennessy Gold Cup, 2nd G1 Bowl Chase
MEGASTAR (Karinga Bay) G2 Champion Open NH Flat Race, 2nd G1 Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle
RATHLIN (Terimon) G2 Nas Na Riogh Novices’ Chase, 2nd G1 Powers Gold Cup Chase
MOZOLTOV (Rudimentary) G2 Nas Na Riogh Novices’ Chase, G2 Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle, 3rd G1 Arkle Novice Chase, G1 Champion INH Flat Race,
BLAKLION (Legend Of France) G2 Persian War Novices’ Hurdle, G2 Bristol Novices’ Hurdle, 3rd G1 Challow Novices’ Hurdle
MAD MAX (Faustus) G2 Totesport Standard Open NH Flat Race, G2 Manifesto Novices’ Chase, 2nd G2 Lightning Novices’ Chase, 3rd G1 Clarence House Chase
TARABLAZE (King’s Ride) G2 Prestige Novices’ Hurdle, 2nd G2 Persian War Novices’ Hurdle
IDENTITY THEIF (Flemensfirth) G2 WKD Hurdle, 2nd G2 Fairyhouse Novice Hurdle
BALLY BOLLEY (Beau Sher) G2 Champion Standard NH Flat Race
KAYF MOSS (Le Moss) G2 National Spirit Hurdle
KORNATI KID (Denel) G2 Towton Novices’ Chase
CLAN TARA (Strong Gale) G2 Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle, 2nd G2 Naas Novice Hurdle
WAR SOUND (Gunner B) G3 Swinton Hurdle
HAWKES POINT (Be My Native) G3 Classic Chase, 3rd G3 Welsh National
ALFIE SHERRIN (Be My Native) G3 Cheltenham Handicap Chase, twice
SIGN OF A VICTORY (Bob Back) Williamhill.com Handicap Hurdle, 2nd G1 Scottish Champion Hurdle
KAYF ARAMIS (Birthright) Pertemps Final, 2nd G2 West Yorkshire Hurdle, G2 Rendlesham Hurdle, 3rd G2 Rendlesham Hurdle
GIVE IT TIME (Bustino) Punchestown Mares Hurdle, EBF Mares Hurdle, EBF Mares Novices Hurdle, 2nd G2 Tara Hurdle, G2 Lismullen Hurdle
THE PACKAGE (Ardross) Badger Ales Trophy, Neptune Chase, 2nd G3 Newbury Gold Cup Handicap Chase, 3rd G3 Cheltenham Handicap Chase
BALLY ANDY (Karinga Bay) Standard Open NH Flat Race
COPPER KAY (Presenting) Standard Open NH Flat Race
RONS DREAM (Emperor Jones) Ultima Handicap Hurdle
THE GOVANESS (Bob’s Return) Mares Handicap Hurdle, Standard Open NH Flat Race
CAROLE’S DESTRIER (Midnight Legend) Hamilton Chase
TEA FOR TWO (Tragic Role) Lanzarote Hurdle
TARA POINT (Terimon) Mares Novices’ Hurdle
LIFEBOAT MONA (Astarabad) Mares Standard Open NH Flat Race
AVISPA (Simon de Desert) Mares Only NH Flat Race, 2nd TBA Mares Novices Hurdle
TARA ROSE (Roselier) EBF/TBA Mares Novices Chase Final
KATIES TUTOR (Millfontaine) Summer Hurdle
RUBY WINE (Robellino) Ballymacoll Stud Stakes, 3rd Virginia Stakes
Cantlow (Oscar Schindler) 2nd G1 Sefton Novices Hurdle, G3 Cheltenham Handicap Gold Cup, 3rd Pertemps Final
Just Cameron (Phardante) 2nd G1 Standard Open NH Flat Race
Michael Flips (Shernazar) 2nd G1 Scilly Isles Novices Chase
Magnifique Etoile (Shernazar) 3rd G1 Tolworth Hurdle
Value At Risk (Orchestra) 2nd Classic Novices’ Hurdle, 3rd G1 Punchestown Champion INH Flat Race
Mickie (Jupiter Island) 2nd G2 Rendlesham Hurdle, G2 Warfield Mares Only Hurdle, G2 Leamington Novices Hurdle
Kaylif Aramis (Birthright) 2nd G2 Aintree Handicap Hurdle
Voramar Two (First Trump) 2nd G2 Worcester Novices’ Chase
Tara Royal (Garde Royale) 2nd G2 Rising Stars Novices’ Chase
Like Minded (Phardante) 2nd G2 Winter Novices’ Hurdle
Ad Idem (Soldier Rose) 2nd G2 Nas Na Riogh Novices’ Chase
Earth Planet (Jamesmead) 2nd Jardine Lloyd Thompson Handicap Hurdle, 3rd G2 Standard Open NH Flat Race
Fentara (Phardante) 3rd G2 Towton Novices Chase
Brother Tedd (Muhtathir) 3rd G2 Ascot Hurdle
Meadowcroft Boy (Good Thyne) 3rd G2 Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle
Taravada (Soldier Rose) 3rd G2 Nas Na Riogh Novices’ Chase
Sigma Digital (Lear Fan) 2nd G3 Limerick Novices Hurdle
Ballyoliver (Buckskin) 3rd G3 Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase, Hamilton Chase
Chocca Wocca (Fourstars Allstar) 2nd Mares Only NH Flat Race
Earth Mother (Eagle Eyed) 2nd EBF Mares Novices Hurdle
Mac Aeda (Step Together) 2nd Aintree Handicap Chase, 3rd Bet365.com Handicap Chase
Kaffie (Sissoo) 2nd Mares Hurdle
Tara Mist (Jupiter Island) 2nd EBF Mares Standard Open NH Flat Race Final, Mares Only NH Flat Race, 3rd Mares Only NH Flat Race
Touch Of Irish (Zaffaran) 2nd Champion Standard NH Flat Race
Princess Tara (Oscar Schindler) 3rd Mares Novices’ Hurdle
Daring Carlotta (Zaffaran) 3rd Mares Only NH Flat Rac
Solstice Star (Presenting) 3rd Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race
Keshi Pearl (Gunner B) 3rd Abram Mares Novices’ Hurdle
Love Of Tara (Idiot’s Delight) 3rd Mares Hurdle
Tot Of The Knar (Relkino) 3rd EBF/TBA Mares Only Novices Chase Final
Polly Potter (Strong Gale) 3rd EBF Mares Standard Open NH Flat Race Final
Like Minded (Phardante) 3rd Lanzarote Hurdle
Porlock Bay (Muhtathir) 3rd Prix Francois de Poncins (Haies)

By SADLER’S WELLS (1981) 6 wins at 2 and 3, G1 Eclipse S, etc. Champion sire 22 times. Sire of 1,717 runners, 66% winners, 17% Stakes winners, including KAYF TARA, EL PRADO, GALILEO, HIGH CHAPARRAL, IN THE WINGS, KING’S THEATRE, MILAN, MONTJEU, OLD VIC, POLIGLOTE, YEATS, etc.

1st dam: COLORSPIN by High Top. 3 wins at 2 and 3, G1 Irish Oaks, Newbury Stakes. Dam of 16 foals, 13 runners, 7 winners:

KAYF TARA (c Sadler’s Wells) European Champion stayer 3 times, 10 wins, 3 to 6, £641,111, G1 Gold Cup, twice, G1 Irish St Leger, twice, G2 Goodwood Cup, G2 Yorkshire Cup, G2 Prix Kergorlay, G2 Prix Vicomtesse Vigier. Champion UK National Hunt
sire 9 times.

OPERA HOUSE (c Sadler’s Wells) European Champion older horse, 8 wins, 2 to 5, G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth S,
G1 Eclipse S, G1 Coronation Cup. Sire.
ZEE ZEE TOP (f Zafonic) 3 wins at 3 and 4, G1 Prix de l’Opera. Dam of: IZZI TOP (f Pivotal) G1 Prix Jean Romanet, G1 Pretty Polly Stakes, G2 Middleton S; dam of: Prince Eiji (c Dubawi) 3rd G3 Somerville Tattersall S, 2018. JAZZI TOP (f Danehill Dancer) G2 Prix de la Nonette, 2nd G1 Prix de l’Opera.
Highland Dress (c Lomond) 4 wins, 3 to 5, 3rd G2 Hardwicke S.
Spinning The Yarn (f Barathea) Unplaced. Dam of: NECKLACE (f Darshaan) Irish Champion at 2, G1 Moyglare Stud S; Pivotting (f Pivotal) Unraced; dam of: GOOD OLD BOY LUKEY (c Selkirk) G2 Superlative S; Oakley Girl (f Sir Percy) 2nd Conqueror S. Remarkable Story (f Mark Of Esteem) Unplaced; dam of: GRENDISAR (c Invincible Spirit) G3 Winter Derby, Winter Derby Trial, twice, Quebec S, Floodlit S.
Galaxy Highflyer (f Galileo) Unraced. Dam of:
Oklahoma City (c Oasis Dream) 2nd G2 Beresford S.