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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 sire’s 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 and consistent.

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