Kayf Tara

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Kayf Tara
SireSadler's Wells
GrandsireNorthern Dancer
DamsireHigh Top
Foaled18 March 1994[1]
CountryGreat Britain
ColourDark Bay/Brown
BreederMeon Valley Stud
OwnerSheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum
Godolphin Stables (1998-)
TrainerMichael Stoute
Saeed bin Suroor (1998-)
Record15: 10-1-2
Major wins
Ascot Gold Cup (1998, 2000)
Irish St. Leger (1998, 1999)
Prix Kergorlay (1999)
Goodwood Cup (1999)
Prix Vicomtesse Vigier (1999)
Yorkshire Cup (2000)
European Champion Stayer (1998, 1999, 2000)
Last updated on 7 September 2007

Kayf Tara (foaled 18 March 1994) is a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire.


Kayf Tara was bred in England by the Meon Valley Stud. His dam Colorspin won the Irish Oaks and had previously produced the multiple Group One winner Opera House.[2]

He was owned by Ahmed Al Maktoum before being transferred to the ownership of Godolphin Racing.

Racing career[edit]

Kayf Tara won the Ascot Gold Cup and the Irish St Leger in 1998. In the following year he won the Prix Kergorlay, Goodwood Cup and Prix Vicomtesse Vigier before taking a second Irish St Leger. In 2000 he won the Yorkshire Cup and a second Ascot Gold Cup.

The recurrence of an old injury brought Kayf Tara's racing career to an end.


Kayf Tara won the Cartier European Top Stayer three years in a row from 1998, through 2000.

Stud record[edit]

Kayf Tara stands stud stallion at Overbury Stud in Overbury, Worcestershire.[3] He has had considerable success as a National Hunt stallion. His most successful offspring have included Planet of Sound (Punchestown Gold Cup), Blaklion (RSA Chase), Thistlecrack, Special Tiara, Tea For Two (Feltham Novices' Chase) and Carruthers (Hennessy Gold Cup).[4]


Pedigree of Kayf Tara, bay stallion 1994[1]
Sadler's Wells
Northern Dancer Nearctic Nearco
Lady Angela
Natalma Native Dancer
Fairy Bridge Bold Reason Hail to Reason
Special Forli
High Top Derring-Do Darius
Sipsey Bridge
Camenae Vimy
Reprocolor Jimmy Reppin Midsummer Night
Sweet Molly
Blue Queen Majority Blue
Hill Queen (family 13-e)[2]


  1. ^ a b "Kayf Tara pedigree". equineline.com. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-07-02.
  2. ^ a b "Rattlewings - Family 13-e". Bloodlines.net. Retrieved 2012-07-02.
  3. ^ http://www.4champions.co.uk/
  4. ^ http://bloodstock.racingpost.com/stallionbook/stallion.sd?horse_id=471066&popup=1