News: 30 March 2014
Sire update: Kalanisi, Califet
and Court Cave
2014 started in the best possible way for Boardsmill Sires with
the winner of the first graded chase of the French Season. The sire
in question was not Califet as you might assume but KALANISI. His
son Kalmonto won the Grade 3 Grand Prix de Pau on January 19th to
bring his winning tally to 8 wins and his career earnings to over
On the home front, Kalanisis first Boardsmill crop of 5 year
olds are continuing to catch the eye. Recent point to point winners
include the Stuart Crawford trained Double Scores (subsequently
sold privately to a leading Irish Owner
.), winning Kenilworth
House Stud owned and bred mare Blodge, dual winner Kalastar
and also Skip A Beat Kid. On the racecourse there have been encouraging
debut bumper runs from the David Pipe trained Davy Doubt and Paul
Nicholls trained Rainy City. They both look very nice prospects
for next season.
KALANISIs 4 year olds are now starting to hit the track and
he sired a very impressive debut winner in MOLO, winner of the Mares
Bumper at Uttoxeter in March 29th. Trained by David Pipe and owned
by Robin Geffen, this daughter of Belle Magello looks to have a
bright future ahead. Bred in partnership by Chich Fowler of Rahinstown
Farm and Robert and Jackie Chugg of Little Lodge Farm, Molo was
purchased by Charlie Liverton on behalf of Geffen at last years
We are really looking forward to the next couple of months, with
many more of Kalanisis 4 and 5 year olds due to make their
racecourse and point to point debuts.
Since his arrival at the end of January, CALIFET has settled in
well to his new surroundings. He is proving very popular with Irish
and English breeders alike and has excellent fertility results to
Progeny by CALIFET have been impressing on both sides of the Irish
Channel in recent weeks. It was a case of what might have been at
the Cheltenham Festival with both his representatives having hard
luck stories of their own. The Gordon Elliott trained CLARCAM was
travelling really well and disputing the lead, when coming down
at the second last in the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle. Thankfully
he came away unscathed, unlike his rider Bryan Cooper who suffered
a broken leg. CLARCAM looks a real chaser in the making, so all
that he does over hurdles will be a bonus.
The second what might have been was in the Grade 1
Triumph Hurdle, where the Paul Nicholls trained CALIPTO was travelling
supremely well approaching the second last hurdle only for one of
Daryl Jacobs stirrup leathers to break. Calipto lost all chance
after this and Jacob did really well to keep the partnership together
and finish a close fourth. Like Clarcam, CALIPTO has the physique
of a chaser in the making and this was only his fourth lifetime
start. He too looks an exciting prospect for the future.
Califets runners in France have kept the flag flying for
their sire and his winners in February and March have been headed
by EPICEA, a four year old gelding and winner of a €95,000
LISTED Hurdle at Auteuil. Other winners included Alinea Tresor-
a 4yo Chase winning filly, A LA LUNA- impressive winner of 3yo hurdle
on her debut against the geldings, AMIGO TURCO- a 4yo bumper winner
on debut for owner Simon Munir and most recently VIVE dAUTHIE-
a winner on the flat at Saint Cloud over 1m4f.
CALIFETs biggest crop are now 3 year olds, so he looks set
to have a lot of representatives over the coming months.
COURT CAVE, the junior member of the stallion ranks
at Boardsmill, is continuing to knock in the winners on the track
and between the flags. His most impressive winner this year has
to be CLONDAW COURT who annihilated the opposition in a novice hurdle
at Thurles in January. He beat Giantofaman by 22 lengths and he
went on to win the Grade 2 Michael Purcell hurdle on his next start.
This performance would surely leave CLONDAW COURT with a rating
in the 140s. Unfortunately, a subsequent setback ruled him
out for the rest of the season. He would have been a leading fancy
for the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham should
he have taken up his entry in the race. Hopefully, he will make
a full recovery for next season as this Dorothy De Stacpoole bred
gelding looks another high class prospect for his sire.
Other winners for COURT CAVE in recent weeks have included POWERTAKEOFF
(bred by Niall Kelly in Bagenalstown) and also HELLORBOSTON (bred
by Dan Prenderville in County Meath). Hellorboston is trained by
Donald McCain and he added another son of COURT CAVE to his string
with the purchase of recent 4yo point to Point winner COURT DISMISSED
at the DBS Newbury Sale in March.
Another impressive winner for COURT CAVE since the turn of the
year was CLONDAW BANKER, bred here at Boardsmill Stud. The Nicky
Henderson trained 5 year old won on his bumper debut at Kempton
and almost followed up under a penalty at the same track but was
just beaten in a tight finish. He looks a real bright prospect for
novice hurdles next season.
With all the success COURT CAVE has enjoyed to date on the track
and between the flags, it is hard to believe that the average size
of his racing crops to date is just 43 foals. Although his crop
of 3 year olds isnt massive, it is an increase on previous
crops and we eagerly await the results he will achieve when his
bigger crops reach the racecourse.
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