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News: 12 March 2008

Kalanisi sires Champion Hurdle Winner

KatchitA new champion was crowned at Cheltenham yesterday as Katchit put in a gusty and determined performance to land the Grade 1 Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle.

From the 1st crop of Boardsmill Sire KALANISI, Katchit became the 1st 5 year old to win the two mile hurdle showpiece since See You Then in 1985.

Sent off a relatively unfancied 10/1 shot, KATCHIT kept pacemaker Osana firmly in his sights throughout. He pounced in typical Katchit style around the home turn and battled gamely up the stiff Cheltenham hill to fend off all challengers. He became the 1st horse since Persian War in 1968 to land the Triumph Hurdle and Champion Hurdle in consecutive years.

Everyone at Boardsmill Stud would like to congratulate winning connections, Alan King (Trainer), Robert Thornton (Jockey), DSJP Syndicate (Owners) and Dominic Burke of Whitley Stud (Breeder).

Kalanisi is covering a limited book of approved mares in 2008. There is still some limited availability so immediate booking is advisable.

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