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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 Sheshali’s third success over hurdles and he comes from Kalanisi’s 2nd crop.

The following day in France, Kalanisi’s 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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