|News: 25 May 2009
AROUND THE WORLD IN 14 DAYS
Kalanisi enjoyed a wonderful 14 days of global success recently,
siring 6 winners across the globe.
Down under, it was Grager who kicked off the
fortnight of winners with a victory in an 8 furlong fillies event
at Canterbury Park, Sydney on April 28th. Ridden by Kerrin McEvoy,
the 3 year old was recording her 2nd win of the season and owner
Graeme Spurdle has high hopes for her next season.
On Sunday May 3rd, the John Oxx trained Alaivan
dented some tall equine reputations in the Gowran Park Classic Trial
over 12 furlongs. The only maiden in the 6 runner field, Alaivan
made all the running and was hugely impressive in the way he brushed
aside the opposition that included 3 Irish Derby entrants. The Racing
Post reported afterwards that it would come as no surprise to see
John Oxx aiming Alaivan at Royal Ascot in June.
The 3rd winner of the sextet was over hurdles at Exeter on May
5th, where the Evan Williams trained Sheshali
was the comfortable winner on his seasonal debut. This was Sheshalis
third success over hurdles and he comes from Kalanisis 2nd
The following day in France, Kalanisis 3 year old filly Mafra
registered her 3rd success of the season in a €25,000 Fillies
Handicap at Saint Cloud.
Parlement registered a high profile win for
Kalanisi on French Guineas day in Longchamp on 10th May. The Ecurie
Wildenstein owned colt was the impressive winner of the 11furlong
Prix De Solferino. He defeated 5 previous winners in this 6 runner
field including 3 French Derby entrants. Parlement holds entries
in both the Group 1 French Derby and Group 1 Grand Prix De Paris
and is clearly highly regarded. He is the 1st foal out of the Giants
Causeway mare Plante Rare and is from the wonderful Wildenstein
family of Peintre Celebre, Policy Maker et al.
Last but not least, Rajik completed the sextet
of wins by landing a 12 furlong handicap in Killarney on 11th May.
This Aga Khan bred 4 year old showed great stamina and determination
by wearing down Roll Over Rover in the final strides to land his
first success. The Charlie Swan trained gelding is to mix it on
the flat and over hurdles for the summer and is sure to register
more successes under both codes.
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