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News: 22 April 2013

Bumper to Bumper successes for Kalanisi

Kalanisi has been enjoying a fruitful month of April since our last update at the start of the month. Following on from Davy Doubt’s impressive 4yo point to Point success at Loughanmore on April 1st, another member of Kalanisi’s 1st Boardsmill Crop proved victorious the following week.

Storm Away, a filly out of Dance Up A Storm, was the ready winner on her debut of the Mares Bumper at Tramore on April 13th. Trained by Pat Flynn, this half sister to Galway Hurdle winner Bahrain Storm was bred in County Westmeath by Christy Maye and looks a nice dual purpose prospect for her connections.

Storm Away enchanced her sires’ impressive record with his first bumper runners of his 4 year old crop. He has sired 2 winners and 2 placed horses from his first 5 runners.

Further Bumper successes were to follow, this time from members of Kalanisi’s 5 year old crop. Garron Crest put in a gutsy display to lead from start to finish in the Mares Bumper at Wexford on April 19th. Trained by Mark Cahill for Frank McNulty, Garron Crest is an exciting prospect for mares’ novice hurdles next year as according to connections she is still a bit weak and measures over 16.2 hh.

Hot on the heels of Garron Crest’s victory was the win of Mister Nibbles at Newcastle on April 21st. This was the son of Kalanisi’s 2nd bumper win and he showed an impressive turn of foot when needed to stride clear of his rivals in the hands of Stephen Crawford, brother of trainer, the very shrewd Stuart Crawford.

As well as these winners, there were some equally pleasing performances in defeat. Valmari gained some valuable black type by running a gallant race in defeat in the rescheduled EBF Mares LISTED Novice Chase Final at Cheltenham on April 22nd. Having jumped for fun and racing prominently throughout, Valmari was just headed up the run in by Tara Rose and was beaten just ¾ length at the line. Excellently handled by young trainer Tom Symonds (the Ladies Man), Valmari has earned herself a worthy place in the breeding sheds now and we wish her connections all the best with her.

Another noteworthy run in defeat came from 5 year old Boardsmill bred gelding It’s High Time in a Gowran Park bumper on April 9th. He was only beaten a head by the highly regarded Willie Mullins trained Indevan and looks an exciting prospect. He holds an entry in the Goffs Invitational Sale at Punchestown after racing on April 25th.

Speaking of the sales ring, two of Kalanisi’s 4 year old point to pointers sold well at Brightwells Sale at Cheltenham on April 17th. The above mentioned Davy Doubt realised £55,000 when selling to Roger Brookhouse whilst Monksgrange runner-up Mister Kalanisi was bought to fledgling trainer Dan Skelton for £32,000.

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