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News: 8 August 2010

Big Flat Race Double for Kalanisi at Galway Festival

The ever versatile Kalanisi sired the winners of the feature flat races on the 1st and 5th days of the 2010 Galway Festival.

First off the mark was his 5 year old son Admiral Barry who recorded a facile win in the 2 mile Amateur Riders Handicap on the Monday. Bred by John O’Connor, Admiral Barry was recording his 2nd win on the flat. He had some decent form as a two year old on the flat including a 3rd place behind subsequent Irish Derby Winner Frozen Fire. Now that connections have found the key to him, hopefully it will be onwards and upwards for the Admiral, both on the flat and over hurdles.

The feature race on the Friday was the 1m 4f Guiness Premier Handicap and Rajik was bidding to make amends for his narrow defeat in the same race 12 months previously. Held up close to the pace by the impressive Joseph O’Brien, Rajik always looked to be travelling well. Rounding the home turn, O’Brien was asking his mount to close on the leaders and once they straightened for home, there was only going to be one winner as Rajik powered up the hill to win going away. Trained by Charlie Swan for the Rathcoffey Racing Syndicate, the 5 year old was bred by His Highness The Aga Khan who sold him as a 3 year old. Rajik seems best suited by a strongly run Mile and a half with a stiff finish and looks an ideal type to make his mark over hurdles. Interestingly, he gained his handicap mark over hurdles before he hit form on the flat, so watch this space, it shouldn’t be too long before his name is added to his sires’ growing list of winners under rules.

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