|News: 23 August 2010
CURRAGH LISTED WINNER FOR KALANISI
Kalanisi registered another stakes success on the flat at the Curragh
on Saturday last (21st August). The rapidly improving Rajik ran
out a comfortable 3 length winner of the LISTED Ballycullen Stakes,
emulating Hasanka (also Aga Khan bred and by Kalanisi) who won this
race in 2008.
Ridden by Declan McDonagh, Rajik was kept close to the pace throughout
and was under pressure as the leaders quickened at the top of the
straight. Like most of his sires stock, Rajik is laden with
stamina and tenacity and soon found his stride as he loomed up on
the outside of the leading pair inside the final 2 furlongs. From
here on there was only going to be one winner and he won going away
by three lengths.
Trained by Charlie Swan, Rajik was bought by Ronan McNally as a
two year old in training at the Goffs HIT sale in October 2007 for
€30,000. Previously trained by Michael Halford for His Highness
the Aga Khan, he had raced just once before being offered for sale.
He is proving to be quite a shrewd purchase by McNally on behalf
of the Rathcoffey Racing Syndicate and has now won 5 races on the
level and amassed prize money of approx €135,000. Whilst connections
are now aiming Rajik at the Cesarewitch, they must also be looking
forward to exploiting his hurdle handicap mark of 96 which was attained
early in 2009.
Rajik is out of the Kahyasi mare Ridaiyma, who was a 3 time winner
at 3 and was listed placed. Her Kalanisi son is her first black
type performer and therefore a good advertisement for Kalanisi given
that her other racing offspring were by Group 1 sires of the calibre
of Darshaan, Indian Ridge and Soviet Star. The Kalanisi/Kahyasi
cross has proved quite successful and has produced 6 individual
winners from 6 runners in Ire/GB, including dual purpose winners
Sheshali, Zafar and Zanderi.
Kalanisi is consistently proving himself as one of the leading
dual purpose sires around, with a lot of his older progeny on the
flat excelling at around 1m4f to 2m. They are ideal trainers
horses who can mix it on the level and over jumps and are tough
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