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News: 24 June 2012

Bumper Weekend For Kalanisi ahead of this week’s Derby Sale…

Kalanisi sired two very impressive winners over the weekend at Down Royal.

Mister Nibbles set the ball rolling on Friday with a hugely impressive winning debut in the Winners Bumper. Trained by Stuart Crawford, the handsome 4yo travelled well throughout and stayed out of trouble on the wide outside. When his rider Stephen Crawford asked him to quicken at the top of the hill the response was immediate and he quickly brushed aside his rivals, including two previous winners.

In the week that Kalanisi will be represented at the Derby Sale by members of his first National Hunt Crop, this win is significant in that Mister Nibbles is a graduate of last year’s Derby Sale and is from the last crop conceived at Giltown Stud where Kalanisi previously stood, covering predominately flat mares. Out of the French Bred mare Miss Best, the winner was bred by the Morgans Of Limetree Stud in Kilkenny and he was shrewdly purchased at Tattersalls last year by Crawford from Castledillon Stud for €14,500. Castledillon Stud will be offering another Kalanisi 3yo this week- a half brother to this year’s black type novice hurdler Dylan Ross.

On Saturday at Down Royal, the towering Alhellal was a gutsy winner of the €65,000 Ulster Harp Derby. Having Won his Bumper and Hurdle last year, Alhellal has been making hay on the level this campaign with 3 wins from 5 starts. Well campaigned by trainer Maurice Phelan, Alhellal was running on ground softer than ideal and who knows where this progressive gelding will end up by the end of this season. Like most Kalanisi’s he seems to improve with every run and connections can look forward to many more days in the sun under both codes. The winner was Bred by HH Agan Khan and bought privately out of Giltown Stud as a 3 year old.

Lots to look forward to indeed…

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