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News: 5 February 2011

Recent Winners for Kalanisi & Court Cave

Boardsmill sires were to the fore at the end of January, with both Kalanisi and Court Cave siring noteworthy winners on home soil.

Court Cave’s burgeoning reputation was given a double boost with another success over hurdles for Whodoyouthink on Friday 28th January at Gowran Park and also an impressive point to point win for the mare Brega Queen at Tyrella the following day.

This was a 3rd victory Whodoyouthink over hurdles and he put in an impressive
display of hurdling and showed tremendous guts to prevail in a tight finish carrying top weight. This was always going to be a stopgap year for Whodoyouthink who had a successful year as a novice last season and whilst one would hope he may have another race up his sleeve before the year is out, his future very much lies over fences and he is an exciting novice chase prospect for his sire next season.

Brega Queen further enhanced her sire’s reputation on the point to point circuit with an impressive display in the 5 & 6 yo mares maiden at Tyrella. A first training success for Pat Downey from Slane, Brega Queen runs in the colours of her breeder Ian Downey, a brother of the winning trainer. The dam of Brega Queen is Broken Rein who is by Orchestra (a former Boardsmill sire) and she is a half sister to Chow Mein (Galway Plate winner in the Downey colours) and Light The Wad. A full brother to Brega Queen realised €17,500 at last years Land Rover Sale and was purchased by Kevin Power.

Court Cave has now sired 4 individual point to point winners and a second from just 10 individual runners.

Not to be outdone by his younger Stud mate, Kalanisi also sired a notable winner
on Saturday 29th January. His 5 year old son, Alaivan, recorded his 3rd success over hurdles by landing the ‘Corporate Hospitality at Fairyhouse Hurdle’. Although only two horses lined up, they were both rated 140, so it was a competitive affair. Alaivan ran out a comfortable winner in the end over Carlito Brigante and one suspects that his trainer Edward O’Grady will have a return trip to Cheltenham in mind for the winner who finished a gallant 3rd last year in the Triumph Hurdle.

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