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Carruthers - Newbury - 26/11/2011

Carruthers: bred by his owner Lord Oaksey out of the mare Plaid Maid

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One-two for Kayf Tara in Hennessy Gold Cup

NEWBURY: Hennessy Gold Cup (Grade 3)

CARRUTHERS (8yo b g Kayf Tara - Plaid Maid)

CARRUTHERS ran out a game winner after cutting out most of the running, beating Planet Of Sound into second and thus giving his sire Kayf Tara the one-two.

Kayf Tara, a son of Sadler's Wells, is out of Irish Oaks heroine Colorspin and is a brother to the multiple Group 1 winner Opera House. He was a dual winner of the Ascot Gold Cup and stands at Overbury Stud in Gloucestershire at a fee of £4,000 for 2012.

Carruthers is bred and owned by Lord Oaksey. He is out of Plaid Maid, a daughter of Executive Perk who was successful five times during her career, including four chases at up to 3m.

Plaid Maid,a half-sister to the Grade 1-winning hurdler Destriero, is also dam of Coneygree, a son of Karinga Bay and half-brother to Carruthers was successful in a bumper at Uttoxeter only two days ago and is only the second winner produced by the mare.

NEWBURY: Long Distance Hurdle (Grade 2)

BIG BUCK'S (8yo b/br g Cadoudal - Buck's)

THE mighty Big Buck's matched Bula's brilliant record of 13 straight wins when impressively landing his third consecutive Long Distance Hurdle.

He is by the top-class French sire Cadoudal, who died in 2007 at the grand old age of 28 but whose progeny are still a major force to be reckoned with within the National Hunt sphere.

The sire is responsible for last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Long Run and other notable offspring include the useful staying chaser Lacdoudal and, going further back, another high-class Paul Nicholls-trained horse in Fadalko.

Big Buck's was a dual winner in Auteuil before a high-profile switch to Paul Nicholls' yard at Ditcheat, where it was believed chasing would be game. His dam, Buck's, was twice a winner over fences in France and has produced four other winners, none of who have reached the same dizzy heights as Big Buck's.

His full brother, Buck's Boum was a winning hurdler over 2m2f in France before finishing second to Long Run in the Grade 1 Racing Post sponsored Prix Cambaceres Hurdle. He now stands at Haras d'Enki for a fee of €1,500.

For a staying hurdler, Big Buck's shows plenty of toe through his races and speed can be traced in his family. His third dam Thereby produced crack miler Pas De Seul, who was successful in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret at Longchamp.

NEWCASTLE: Fighting Fifth Hurdle (Grade 1)

OVERTURN (7y0 b g Barathea - Kristal Bridge)

FLAT-bred Overturn, successful in last weekend's Grade 2 Coral Hurdle at Ascot, is one ofa number of smart hurdlers by the late Rathbarry stallion Barathea, among them Saturday's Betfair Hurdle runner-up Marsh Warbler and 2004 Triumph Hurdle winner Made In Japan.

A son of Sadler's Wells, Barathea was successful in the 1993 Irish 2,000 Guineas and 1994 Breeders' Cup Mile for Luca Cumani. He sired six Group 1 winners on the Flat, including Tobougg (now an emerging dual-purpose stallion) and died in 2009.

Overturn was bred by Peter Harris' Pendley Farm, which also enjoyed success with Barathea as the breeder of multiple
Group 3 winner Stotsfold.

He hails from one of Harris' most famous families as a grandson of foundation mare Connaught Bridge, also the granddam of the high-class sprint two-year-olds Primo Valentino and Dora Carrington. Overturn descends from Connaught Bridge as a son of the placed Kris mare Kristal Bridge, the dam of four other winners including Listed heroine Arbella and useful hurdler Fisher Bridge.

Kristal Bridge was sold out of the Pendley dispersal for 19,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock at last year's Tattersalls December Sale.






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