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News: 15 January 2014

CALIFET to Boardsmill Stud

Boardsmill Stud has added a new Stallion to their roster with the acquisition of Califet, one of the leading National Hunt Sires in France. The son of Freedom Cry is the sire of two high profile Juvenile Hurdlers this season- the Willie Mullins trained Grade 3 winning filly Analifet and the impressive Newbury winner Calipto, trained by Paul Nicholls. The deal was brokered by Louisa and Phillip Carberry of French based Carberry Bloodstock and Califet is due to arrive at Boardsmill in the coming days.

A Group 2 winner in France of 9 races ranging from seven to twelve furlongs, Califet split High Chaparral and Islington in the 2002 Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, when beaten only 1 ¾ lengths into fourth place. A model of consistency, Califet only finished out of the first four on one occasion in twenty one starts from two to four years.

As well as the above mentioned Juveniles, Califet is also the sire of the Gordon Elliott trained four year old Clarcam, a winner over hurdles and also placed at Grade 2 and Grade 3 level this season. From a relatively small first book of mares in 2005, Califet was the leading First Crop National Hunt sire of his year in a class that included Martaline, Al Namix and Ballingarry. He has sired Group winners on the flat, over hurdles and over fences including six stakes winners at Autueil and most recently, he finished among the list of Top 10 Leading Active National Hunt Sires in France in 2013. On the back of his early success at stud, his largest crop has just turned three years old in 2014.

Speaking of their new acquisition, William Flood said ‘Califet is a welcome addition at Boardsmill and will complement our existing proven sires Kalanisi and Court Cave. He is an attractive individual with great presence and stands 16.1 ½ h.h. Like Kalanisi and Court Cave, he is a true siring bay’.

Flood added ‘Califet has proved his ability to upgrade his mares and it is clear to see from his progeny performances that his fillies are just as talented as his geldings. His Sire Line, which has produced Grade 1 performers Pont Alexandre, Trifolium and Pittoni to name a few, should be an attractive alternative to breeders and his broodmare sire line (Kenmare) is that of current Champion Hurdler Hurricane Fly’.

Guy Cherel, who trained Califet, is one of the leading Trainers and Breeders in France and has enjoyed a lot of success with his progeny. He stated ‘I have always supported Califet and I intend to continue this support after he leaves France. He has produced good progeny year in year out. I have several very nice 3yo’s this year by Califet, whom I have no doubt will be winning good races at Auteuil in the spring’.

Califet’s fee has been set at €3,000 whilst Court Cave will also stand at €3,000 in 2014 and Kalanisi at €4,000. October terms apply to all sires.



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