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Relation to Ashkalani stakes Champion claim

Saturday: Kingwell Hurdle (Grade 2), Wincanton

ASHKAZAR(g Sadler's Wells - Asharna)

SADLER'S Wells has long been established as the leading European Flat stallion of his era but he is also a capable jumps stallion, as the likes of Istabraq, Pridwell, Essex and Theatreworld illustrate.

The pensioned son of Northern Dancer looks to have another leading light over jumps in the Aga Khan-bred Ashkazar, who will surely now take his chance in the Champion Hurdle following a gutsy success in the Kingwell Hurdle.

There will be fewer better bred horses in the Champion Hurdle line-up than Ashkazar, who is the first foal out of a winning Darshaan half-sister to Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner Ashkalani.

Ashkazar traces to Prix de la Foret winner Vareta, later the dam of the Aga Khan's Poule d'Essai des Poulains and Prix d'Ispahan winner Zeddaan and ancestress of Group 1 performers such as Zalaiyka, Shafaraz, River Falls and Ajarann.

Asharna has a two-year-old filly by Rock Of Gibraltar.

Treble for Kayf Tara

Overbury Stud's exciting young jumps sire Kayf Tara - a son of Sadler's Wells - had yet another excellent day, siring three winners during the course of the afternoon.

Kayf Tara's treble was kickstarted by the impressive win of Lord Oaksey's homebred Carruthers in the Grade 2 Reynoldstown Novices Chase at Ascot. The six-year-old geldingis the first foal out of Plaid Maid, a multiple-winning daughter of Executive Perk.

His win was followed at Haydock by the success of Tarablaze in the Grade 2 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle. The six-year-old gelding, for whom Summerhill paid €40,000 at the 2006 Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale, is a half-brother to two winning point-to-pointers and out of Princess Hotpot, a winning jumper by King's Ride.

Just underan hour later, they were joined by Tarateeno, who landed the Dorchester Handicap Hurdle at Wincanton.




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