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News: 30 October 2014

Califet enjoying a wonderful season

CALIFET has been enjoying a wonderful season to date with his runners in France. With progeny earnings in France this season alone of almost €1,000,000, this has been his most successful season so far. His 3 year olds are really excelling and from a crop of 83 foals (his largest in France) he is already the sire of 13 three year old winners this year. These successes currently see him lying 3rd in the Leading Sires of 3 year olds behind only Saint Des Saints and Martaline.

A common feature of Califet’s achievements at stud to date is his ability to sire Fillies that are as good as his geldings and this feature is quite notable again this year amongst his 3 year olds. Amongst his winning fillies to date is MOMITA HAS, a Listed hurdle winner at Auteuil for Jean Paul Gallorini. Momita Has also attained a Listed placing and was recently placed 2nd on her debut over fences. Another prolific winning 3 year old filly is A LA LUNA, a towering filly trained by Guillaume Macaire. She has won two hurdles and a chase to date and looks a really nice prospect. Other winning fillies have been BENUISCA (winner on her debut for Arnaud Chaille Chaille), the dual bumper winner BROOKDALE (Guy Cherel) and BELLA SUN (Phillipe Journiac) a winner on her only start to date.
Amongst Califet’s winning 3yo geldings is the Guillaume Macaire trained EL CALIFE. Winner on his debut over hurdles in May, El Calife has followed up with 2 wins from 2 starts over fences in August and in September at Enghien and looks a real bright prospect. BERLAIN is another trained by leading trainer Macaire and he has won both his starts to date- first time out in a bumper and then followed up with hurdle win at Strasbourg on October 5th. Another recent hurdle winner at Strasbourg was BEST DES DUNES for Patrice Quinton.

Califet has sired numerous other recent bumper winners including BAMAKO MORIVIERE and BLUE DRAGON, both trained by Guy Cherel whilst the most impressive of his bumper winners to date is dual winner BE MY HOPE, trained by Cherel for leading owner Magalen Bryant. BIVOUAC, a winner earlier in the season for Cherel has since moved to the UK and is now in training with Nicky Henderson for Potensis Ltd.

As well as his winning three year olds, there have been some notable placed efforts from his juvenile crop also. SOLWAY finished 2nd in a Listed Hurdle at Auteuil on his debut for Cherel in the colours of the Papot family, whilst Ellie Lellouche produced BOSS DES MOTTES to finish 3rd on his debut in a competitive bumper at Maison Laffittes at the end of September. He has reportedly since been sold to the UK. Also making a recent pleasing debut was MONYJEAN, a full brother to the Grade 1 placed 4yo CLARCAM (Gordon Elliott). He finished 2nd, beaten just ¾ length, in a hurdle race on October 19th.

Califet’s older crops have also been in good form and LISTED winner and Grade 1 placed EPICEA has been flying the flag for his 4 year old crop on French shores whilst ANALIFET, CLARCAM and CALIPTO were strutting their stuff on this side of the English Channel. Clarcam made a very pleasing return to action this season by landing a 4yo hurdle at Limerick and he is now going chasing. Calipto made a very satisfactory return to action also by finishing runner-up to Triumph Hurdle winner Tiger Roll at Cheltenham on October 18th. He may now return to Cheltenham for the Greatwood Hurdle at the Open meeting in November. By all accounts ANALIFET has made a full recovery from her pelvis injury sustained at Leopardstown last Christmas and fingers crossed we will see her back in action shortly as she really looked an exciting prospect last year.

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