Kayf Adventure at Micky Hammonds'
Why we bought Kayf Adventure
He is well named; our adventure starts here!
Our first Club horse is Kayf Adventure who was bought at the Doncaster Horses in Training sales (for Andy's sales report click here) out of the Phillip Hobbs yard. He is a 9-y-o gelding out of the leading NH sire Kayf Tara.
His current official rating is 132 and the highest rating he has achieved is 139... his current Timeform rating is 130.
Timeform comment: tall gelding: winning hurdler: useful handicap chaser: best recent effort when 5 lengths third of 8 to Domaine de L'Isle in bet365 Handicap Chase at Ascot in January: in first-time cheekpieces, 9/4, shaped as if still in good form when 7¾ lengths third of 4 to Admiral's Secret at Wincanton last time, every chance 3 out: stays 2¾m: acts on heavy going: sold £20,000 in July: not a fluent jumper.
His career details to date are...
- 2 NH Flat runs - 1 win, 1 unpl.
- 4 Hurdles runs- 1 wins, 3 places, 0 falls
- 15 Chase runs- 1 win, 7 places, 6 unpl.,1 UR
- career 21 runs, 3 wins, 10 places, 8 unpl., 1 UR
- win/place strike rate 62%
His career record has been stamped by consistency as is demonstrated by his official rating only having varied by 7 lbs in his entire chase career. He is a genuine Class 2 performer.
As a result of his consistency, he appears to be somewhat in the handicapper's grip, his last win came back in 2018 but there are several compelling reasons to believe that his class will get a better reward for his performances by switching to the Northern circuit.
1. Firstly there is the obvious factor that the Northern circuit is not quite as competitive as the Southern circuit and this is clearly borne out by the data as southern trainers dominate the jumps trainers championship so he will find the competition a bit easier than he has done.
2. A change of scenery and routine might well see him improve a few pounds.
3. He has proved to be effective on most ground (apart from fast) but his optimum conditions beyond doubt are soft and heavy ground, conditions that he will get plenty of in the North.
4. When he turns 10 on January 1st 2021 he will qualify for the lucrative veteran's chase series which consist of qualifiers and a place in the final for every horse that has run in a qualifier. The prize money in 2019 was £18,000 for the winner of a qualifier, the final run at Sandown is worth £100k in total.
5. The BHA has also recently announced a new series for horses officially rated up to 125 which offers us another option.
6. Until then he will be aimed at handicap chases run under his optimal conditions. We are aiming for his first run to come in a listed chase at Wetherby's Charlie Hall meeting at the end of October.