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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 €243,000.

On the home front, Kalanisi’s 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.

KALANISI’s 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 year’s Derby Sale.

We are really looking forward to the next couple of months, with many more of Kalanisi’s 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 date.

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.

Califet’s 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 d’AUTHIE- a winner on the flat at Saint Cloud over 1m4f.

CALIFET’s 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 140’s. 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 isn’t 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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