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News: 20 September 2010

Recent run of Flat success continues for Kalanisi

Kalanisi is enjoying a tremendous recent purple patch as a flat sire. His recent run of success continued on Saturday (18th Sept) at Newmarket with the impressive victory of his 4 year old daughter, Theola, who ran out the convincing winner of the Investec Cesarewitch Trial over 2 ¼ miles.

This was Theola’s 4th career success on the level and brought her earnings to over £42,000. Trained by Mark Tompkins, Theola holds an entry in the Cesarewitch itself in October and her trainer is hoping that the mandatory 4lb penalty for this win will increase her chance of getting into this prestigious race at the bottom of the handicap.

On the evidence of her win in this trial over course and distance and the manner in which she finished her race, she fully deserves to take her place in October.

Theola was following up some other recent high class staying performances by offspring of Kalanisi. A week previously at the Curragh on Irish St Leger day, the rapidly improving Admiral Barry trounced his rivals in the 1 ¾ mile Curragh Amateur Derby. Racing off a mark of 90, the Eoin Griffin trained 5 year old won going away by 4 ½ lengths and is now up to a mark of 99 which surely leaves him not far off Listed if not Group 3 class. Coincidentally, Admiral Barry is also being aimed at the English Cesarewitch and being 5lbs ‘well in’, bookmakers now make him the ante post favourite. Given his abundance of stamina along with his tactical speed, he goes there with a real good chance to add to his high profile Curragh victory and also his Galway Festival victory.

Also at the Curragh on the same day, the recent dual LISTED race scorer Rajik lined up in the Group 1 Irish Field St Leger. This was a huge step up in class for the 5 year old son of Kalanisi and connections paid €24,000 to supplement him for the race. With an official rating of 107 (up from 91 at the start of this season), Rajik need to find at least 10lbs further improvement to be involved in the final Classic of the season. To his credit, he ran a brilliant race and finished in 4th place, beaten only 4 lengths. The moderate early to mid race gallop didn’t play to his strengths but he ran his heart out and the handicapper reacted by increasing his rating to 113. He has been a terrific servant to his owners and they have a lot to forward to on the flat next year as well as exploiting his very lenient handicap mark over hurdles!

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