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Kayf Tara bandwagon rolls on to Thurles

CLAN TARA provided his sire Kayf Tara withanother feather in the cap when battling to victory in the Grade 2 Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle at Thurles today.

It was a first victory in a Graded race for Clan Tara, who is trained by Paul Nolan for Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary.

The seven-year-old paid a form compliment to Mikael D'Haguenet, whom he finished third behind in the Slaney Novices' Hurdle at Naas last month, by making all the running and holding off challenges from the second, The Bishop Looney (Oscar), and the third, Healy's Bar (Beneficial).

Clan Tara was purchased at the 2007 Brightwells Cheltenham April sale for £50,000. His dam, Alpine Gale, was an eight-time chase winner under Rules.

Dual Ascot Gold Cup winner Kayf Tara's profile as a jumps sire has risen sharply in recent years, and he is currently enjoying a hot streak with his young runners.

Clan Tara is the fourth to capture a Grade 2 novice event so far this year, following Kornati Kid, Tarablaze and Carruthers.

Overbury Stud, which has been Kayf Tara's home since his retirement in 2001, raised his fee from £2,500 to £4,500 this year.

 

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