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News: 31 March 2011

Nice young prospects for Kalanisi & Court Cave

Since our last results update, there have been some very encouraging performances from offspring of both Kalanisi and Court Cave.

As highlighted before, not all sires prove themselves as sires of good fillies as well as colts/geldings. Since retiring to stud, Kalanisi has proved that his female offspring are every bit as useful as their male counterparts. 3 of his 5 stakes winners on the flat are fillies and his Royal Ascot winner was also a filly. Whilst he hasn’t had too many fillies represent him in the national hunt sphere to date, he has a very healthy winners to runners strike rate.

His most recent National Hunt winning filly is the Donald McCain trained Bahira, who made a winning debut in a bumper at Catterick on March 9th. Racing against older mares, this 4 year old showed great maturity to fight off Sparkling Hand in a close finish. She looks a nice prospect for the future and should be able to mix it on the flat and over jumps.

Another exciting winner by Kalanisi since our last update was Act Of Kalanisi, winner of a competitive £40k Handicap Hurdle at Ascot in February. Competing in his first handicap on only his 4th outing over hurdles, Act Of Kalanisi led from 4 out and fought off all challengers up the home straight to run out a gutsy winner from some very experienced rivals. There is surely a lot of improvement to come from this fella and he looks another most exciting prospect who should mix it over both codes in the months ahead.

Court Cave’s offspring are continuing to raise their sire’s profile with some encouraging displays on the track and between the flags.

First mention must go to Champion Court who ran a tremendous race at the Cheltenham Festival, finishing 4th in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle. He proved that his Grade 2 win at the track in November was no fluke and having failed to settle for much of the early part of the race, it was incredible to see him finish out his race so well. His trainer, Martin Keighley, reported him to be well and fresh after his race and connections have a lot to forward from this 17hh youngster who was having only his 5th career start.

Another trainer going places in the UK is Evan Williams and he is a big fan of both Court Cave and Kalanisi. He took the wraps off a Boardsmill bred son of Court Cave on the Saturday after Cheltenham at Ffos Las. Court Minstrel, a 4 year old, was sold to Williams at Goffs Land Rover Sale last June and he was making his debut in a winners open aged bumper. There was reportedly plenty of pre race talk about most of the runners and it looked a very competitive affair. Court Minstrel travelled well throughout and turning for home he was full of running and disputing 2nd place. He ran a little green up the straight and wasn’t knocked around but finished a very promising third. Williams describes him as a horse for next year, so we may not see him again this season but there is a lot to look forward to.

On the same day, Eirland made his hurdling debut for Noel Meade and finished a creditable third. He also looks a future winner.

On the Point to Point circuit, there have been some nice performances. Settledoutofcourt made his debut at Lingstown in the 5yo Maiden and put in a lovely round of jumping to finish a staying on 2 lengths second. It was a run that caught the eye of a lot of judges and he looks a nice prospect and well bought by Sean Doyle at €10,000 at Goffs Land Rover Sale last year. Finish The Story and In The Way were 2 more recent runners up for Court Cave, whilst over in the UK two ex Irish trained horses were victorious. Louisthenineteenth notched up his second victory whilst Bavard Court landed his maiden win.

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