Potter owned Kayf Grace is National Hunt Flat Racing Mare of the year

Potter owned Kayf Grace is National Hunt Flat Racing Mare of the year

Kayf Grace, the six-year-old owned and bred at Leighton near Welshpool by James and Jean Potter, has been named as the National Hunt Flat Racing Mare of the year.

The couple’s daughters Debbie and Charlotte Potter were at the National Hunt Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association celebration dinner in Doncaster to collect the Mill House Trophy with Mr & Mrs Potter away on holiday.

The event saw nine awards presented to British breeders in recognition of their success during the 2015-16 National Hunt racing season.

The award winners were decided by a secret ballot of the TBA NH Committee, who voted from the three nominees within each category. Committee members were asked to select the horse whose results during the season had, in their opinion, most enhanced the prestige of British NH Breeding.

Debbie Potter said she and sister Charlotte were delighted to receive the award on behalf of their parents. “It was a wonderful occasion and we were really proud to be there alongside some of the biggest names in racing to see Kayf Grace honoured by the Association.”

Kayf Grace won the Goffs Nickel Coin Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race at Aintree earlier this year, leading all the way to spoil a big gamble on the Willie Mullins trained Augusta Kate, owned by a star studded group of owners that includes TV stars Ant & Dec, their big pal Alan Shearer, professional golfer Lee Westwood and sports agent Andrew ‘Chubby’ Chandler.

The 14-1 shot, trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Nico de Boinville, slugged it out in a slow-motion finish with Ruby Walsh’s mount Augusta Kate to delight the watching Potter family.

Jockey De Boinville was impressed by the way the daughter of Kayf Tara kept finding more and more when she was pressured by Augusta Kate in the closing stages.

"Kayf Grace is a very game mare. I knew once she got her head in front that she would be difficult to beat," he said.