Ara

 

Goodbye to a Grand Dam!

The co-founder of the Aramis dynasty has sadly passed away at the age of 29. Ara, a chestnut mare, was bought when a three-year-old for £1000 and for a while was Isobel's riding companion around North London before she was moved to Gloucestershire, where she eventually became a champion broodmare. Ara came from good racing stock but had not raced. The other half of the partnership was provided by Kayf Tara, winner of the Ascot Gold Cup (twice), the Irish St Leger (twice), the Goodwood Cup and the Yorkshire Cup. The recurrence of an old injury, however, brought Kayf Tara's racing career to an end. That's where Isobel got lucky. She found out that Kayf Tara was standing for his first year in retirement at the Overbury Stud in Gloucestershire, just a few miles away. An assignation was duly arranged and the rest, as they say, is history. The first of the new Aramis dynasty was born in April 2002 - Kayf Aramis (Kayf from his Sire, Ara from his Dam and Mis from Misty (the pony stabled in the back garden of a house in North London) – who went on to win four races on the flat, including three at the York Dante Festival and three over jumps, including the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham Festival in 2009. In 2005 the next addition to the Aramis family was Kaylifa, who sadly never raced, due to a throat problem. In 2007 the dynasty was increased by the arrival of the exciting Kaylif, who sadly met his death in a training yard accident before he could reach his full potential. The last of the 'Kayfs' is Kaylina. When she was born the vet said Ara had "saved her best till last!” Unfortunately it has not been possible to find out whether that is true as there has been no opportunity to put Kaylina into training. Kaylifa provided two 'grandchildren' for Ara - Zayfire Aramis who has already proved himself a winner, worthy of his sire, Zafeen and Berlief Aramis, a Bertolini colt, who started to make hs mark in the racing world but then had to retire due to an inoperable throat problem.

What a tremendous achievement for a mare who came from humble beginnings to produce such a marvellous family. Ara is already greatly missed by her offspring in the field.

 

Straight from the horse's mouth

by Racing News Blogger

Derek Coltman

 

14 August 2020

 

A Long Shot!

Up to yesterday the longest-priced winner in Ireland was Killahara Castle at 200/1 in December 2017. The Luke Comer-trained He Knows No Fear, who only managed to come 12th out of 14 on his debut at Limerick last month, made history at Leopardstown when winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at 300/1. Ridden by Chris Hayes, the three-year-old was closer to the pace on this occasion but it still looked like a place would be the best he could achieve when Jim Bolger’s evens favourite, Agitare, galloped clear. When, however, the latter began to get tired out in front, He Knows No Fear suddenly found that little bit extra and claimed victory in the final strides of the contest. The longest-priced winner in Britain is 250/1 shot Equinoctial at Kelso, in November 1990.

 

 

 

 

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Join Isobel on a magical ride to the top of the Malvern Hills with Kayf Aramis and find out how a diminutive horse, born in a cowshed, wins at the pinnacle of jump racing, the Cheltenham Festival. 

Kayf Aramis

raced 85 times, including 7 wins and 31 places and won over £153,000 in prize money

A Cheltenham Festival winner and 3x winner on the flat at the York Dante Festival.

Kayf Aramis now lives at home with his family.

 

 

 

The farmer, his family and proud owner regard the newly-born colt

The Story of Kayf Aramis

Kayf Aramis ridden by Aidan Coleman trained by Venetia Williams, led in by Haggis and Isobel, Ross & Gary. Winner Pertemps Final Cheltenham Festival 2009 Photos courtesy Grossick Photography

 

  

The Aramis Collection 

 

Homebred Aramis horses.

 

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The Aramis Family