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high sire Kayf Tara dies aged 28


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  • The 11-time British champion Nationwide Hunt sire Kayf Tara died “peacefully in his paddock” this morning aged 28.

    The eight-time winner of the Horse & Hound Cup, introduced by the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Affiliation for the main energetic Nationwide Hunt British-based stallion (chase winners), retired from stallion duties in 2020.

    He spent his final two years in joyful retirement at Overbury Stud, the place he moved after profitable the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot for a second time in 2000. At this time, he died following “the routine he’d had since arriving” on the stud all these years in the past.

    Supervisor Simon Sweeting paid tribute to Kayf Tara, who was the primary stallion to retire to Overbury Stud below his tenure.

    “This can be a very unhappy day for all of us at Overbury,” he stated. “Kayf Tara actually put us on the map and I really feel extremely lucky to have been with him by means of each step of what transpired to be a unprecedented profession as a bounce stallion, during which he gained extra championships than every other British Nationwide Hunt sire in historical past.

    “I stay immensely grateful to Sheikh Mohammed and the Darley crew for entrusting him to us. He’s been such an incredible servant to the Nationwide Hunt recreation and to Overbury Stud, the place he was taken care of for many of his time by Dan Matty. We’ll miss him terribly.”

    Kayf Tara, pictured winning the Prix Kergorlay at Deauville in 1999.

    Kayf Tara, pictured profitable the Prix Kergorlay at Deauville in 1999.

    Kayf Tara, bred by Meon Valley Stud, loved high success in his four-year profession on the racecourse.

    Educated by Sir Michael Stoute and laterly Saeed bin Suroor for Godolphin, the Sadler’s Wells son, out of high broodmare Colorspin, gained 10 of his 15 begins. These included the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 1998 and 2000, which was his closing race. He additionally scored two Irish St Legers, the Goodwood Cup and the Yorkshire Cup.

    He went on to spend 20 seasons at stud, leaving an infinite legacy in Nationwide Hunt racing.

    His progeny embody Edwardstone, who landed his third Grade One victory within the Tingle Creek Chase on Saturday, in addition to Thistlecrack, Particular Tiara, Edwulf and Carruthers.

    Time was referred to as on his profession at stud in 2020, owing to declining fertility, which was the yr his closing crop of foals was born.

    “We’re all very grateful to Simon Sweeting and his crew at Overbury for taking such nice care of Kayf Tara for all these years, and we’re very pleased with the large contribution he has made to Nationwide Hunt racing and breeding in Britain and past throughout that point,” stated Sam Bullard, Darley’s director of stallions.

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