|News: 22 February 2009
Another Grade 2 Juvenile Hurdle winner for Kalanisi
The Kalanisi sired Kyrie Eleison ran out the game winner of the
Grade 2 Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Saturday 21st
This was Kalanisis 2nd Gr 2 winning juvenile of the season,
adding to the impressive victory of Simarian at Cheltenhams
recent Open Meeting.
Kyrie Eleison was having his 3rd start over hurdles within 4 weeks
and displayed the same toughness associated with most of his sires
stock by proving hard to pass once getting his head in front. Despite
a mistake at the last hurdle, he galloped all the way to the line
to beat Chevalier Country and Donegal.
Considering the Dessie Hughes trained winner only made his debut
4 weeks ago this was an impressive performance. Kyrie Eleison won
two races on the flat in the UK for Richard Hannon and proved his
liking for much better ground than he has encountered over hurdles
to date. With this in mind, one would expect there is a lot more
improvement to come when he gets his favoured ground conditions
over the coming months.
Kyrie Eleison is yet another example of how Kalanisis progeny
improve when switched from the flat to obstacles. The highest rating
he ran off on the level was 73. Similarly, the above mentioned Simarian
has an official rating of just 67 on the flat. Kalanisis champion
hurdle winner Katchit also underlines this fact with his only win
on the level coming off a mark of 75.
A close look at Kyrie Eleisons dam line reveals that he hails
from a family more associated with sprint distances than 2 mile
hurdles. His dam Peratus, who was placed over 5 furlongs and never
raced over further than 6 furlongs, is by Mujadil and is out of
a Petorius mare.
Incidentally, the 9 year old Peratus was recently purchased by
Boardsmill Stud at the Goffs February Sale for just €2,600
in foal to Bertolini. With her first foal now a Grade 2 hurdle winner,
one would imagine Peratus value has increased considerably
and a return visit to Kalanisi is on the cards for 2009.
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