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News: 1 May 2010

BARIZAN rounds off great season for KALANISI

Barizan was the hugely impressive winner of the Grade 1 Four Year Old at Punchestown on the final day of the 2009/10 National Hunt Season.

The son of Kalanisi put up another magnificent display of front running following his brave efforts in defeat at Cheltenham and Aintree.

Running in his 3rd Grade 1 in the space of 5 weeks, Barizan set off in front from flag fall and jumping fluently he gradually stretched his lead with the favourite Carlito Brigante the nearest pursuer. Ridden for the 1st time by Jason Maguire, the Evan Williams trained winner was given a breather about a mile from home before kicking on again before the home straight. At this stage there was only going to be one winner as Barizan showed an amazing turn of foot to skip clear and wing the last hurdle to run out a 13 length winner.

This was one of the best performances of the Punchestown Festival by both horse and trainer. To put the training performance in perspective, Barizan made his hurdling debut in June 2009 at Newton Abbot, he raced every month from then until November notching up 5 wins in the process and finishing with a defeat at Cheltenham at the Open meeting on unsuitably heavy ground. He was then given a winter break before reappearing at Cheltenham in the Triumph Hurdle where he was backed from 40 to 1 into 14s and ran an incredibly brave race to make all and just get collared up the hill by Soldatino. 3 weeks later he re-appeared at Aintree in the Grade 1 Anniversary Hurdle and again made all the running with a similar gutsy display in defeat. To get the horse back for another Grade 1 after those two tremendous efforts deserves a lot credit.

Speaking to Williams before the Punchestown race, he appeared very apprehensive about the horse’s chance given his 2 recent hard races in defeat, but the Welsh Wizard need not have had any worries as he produced his stable star in tip top shape and has lots to look forward to next season.

Evan Williams is a huge fan of Kalanisi’s stock describing them as ‘very tough and consistent’ and he has had 5 of his sons in training and has won with all 5 including Grade 2 winner Simarian, who Williams is looking forward to sending chasing this season. Williams purchased Barizan in October 2008 for just £26,000.

Barizan’s Punchestown win rounded off another exceptional National Hunt Season for Kalanisi. With one of the highest winners to runners strike rate (48%), Kalanisi proved yet again why he is proving so popular with astute breeders. Amongst his impressive performers during the season were Grade 2 winning hurdler Alaivan, who also finished 3rd in Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle behind Barizan, his 2008 Champion Hurdle winner Katchit who finished 3rd in the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle, the ultra tough mare Sure Josie Sure (4 wins for David Pipe) and exciting young horses Kind Of Easy (bumper winner for Emma Lavelle), Zakatal (P Hobbs) and dual winner Tarvini (JJ O’Neill).

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