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News: 13 May 2013

KALANISI 4 year olds get straight to the Point

Kalanisi’s 1st National Hunt Crop of 4 year olds are making quite an impression. The latest member of his 1st crop conceived at Boardsmill to make the headlines is the Sam Curling trained Easter Hunt.

Making his debut in a competitive 4 year old maiden at Dawstown Point to Point on Monday 6th May, Easter Hunt was partnered by Derek O’Connor and disputed the lead from the outset before taking up the running outright from three out. A super jump at the second last left him in command heading to the final fence which unfortunately he over jumped, crumpled on landing and parted company with O’Connor.

Without a doubt he would have proved an easy winner and he earned rave reviews for his performance. Earning one of the highest four year old ratings of the year (92+) from, Easter Hunt is sure to be in demand should he take up his engagement at the upcoming Brightwell Sales on May 29th. It would be no surprise though, if one of the leading owners were to snap him up prior to this.

Easter Hunt was bred by longstanding Boardsmill patron Captain Simon Walford of Knightsbrook out of his homebred mare Easter Day. He failed to meet his reserve at the foal sales and was subsequently sold privately. Easter Day has a three year old full sister to Easter Hunt and has a Court Cave filly foal at foot.

Other members of Kalanisi’s 4 year old crop to impress between the flags this year are the previously featured Davy Doubt (Loughanmore winner and subsequently sold for £55,000 to Roger Brookhouse) and Monkstown runner-up Mister Kalanisi (subsequently sold for £32,000 to Dan Skelton). Also catching the eye recently were the Stuart Crawford trained Double Scores and the Kieran Purcell trained Didyouno, both finishing fourth on their debuts and look sure to improve significantly for the experience.

On the racecourse, Kalanisi has had two winners and two placed horses from his first five 4yo bumper runners this year including the Pat Flynn trained filly Storm Away who followed up her debut success with a gallant 3rd place finish in the lucrative ITBA Fillies Bumper at the Punchestown Festival.

Media Quotes following Easter Hunt’s debut:

The Irish Field ‘The Point- by Michael Moore’

One of the best 4yo maidens seen this season was at Dawstown

The most interesting horse to take out of the race is Sam Curlings Easter Hunt, a lovely individual by Kalanisi….earned one of the highest ratings of the season

The Irish Racing Post ‘Derek O’Connor- Straight to the Point’

He put up a lovely performance, made all the running and jumped brilliantly from start to finish

He’s a nice son of Kalanisi, a slick jumper with plenty of speed and it is easy to imagine he’ll be very popular at the upcoming Brightwells sale ratings- Richard Pugh
This was a high class maiden with plenty of future track winners in the field. The winner and last-fence faller look high class

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