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News: 1 November 2014

KALANISI - A Sire for all seasons

Kalanisi has enjoyed a fruitful Summer and Autumn with his progeny since our last update as representatives from his first Boardsmill crops continue to impress under both codes.

A host of bumper winners have emerged from leading yards as well as some exciting novice hurdlers. On the level, a daughter of Kalanisi’s first Boardsmill crop of 5yo’s landed one of the most prestigious Premier Handicap’s in Ireland whilst he also sired 2yo, 3yo and 4yo winners from just a handful of flat runners.

Amongst his bumper winners is Alphabet Bay from the Warren Greatrex yard. This 4 year old gelding bred by Sean Staunton was an impressive winner on his debut at Worcester. Such was the impression he made, he was snapped up soon after by leading owner JP McManus, who has enjoyed success with Kalanisi stock in recent years including multiple winners Tarvini and Another Hero.

The next Bumper winner was at Perth in July where the Gordon Elliott trained 4yo filly Callaghy Beauty took on the geldings on her debut, but defeated them in fine style. Bred locally to Boardsmill by Patsy and Margaret McGearty, Callaghy Beauty comes from a family that Elliott knows well, being a close relation to Elliott’s Grade 1 winning chaser Mount Benbulben (also bred by McGeartys).

Elliott trained another member of Kalanisi’s 4yo crop to win a bumper in the shape of Mr Steadfast. Bred here at Boardsmill, Mr Steadfast is a progressive type and having performed with promise at Navan and Roscommon, he travelled to Carlisle and duly obliged in the hands of Jason Maguire. Defeating a number of fancied horses that day Mr Steadfast looks like the type who will improve even further for his next run.

Willie Mullins also landed a bumper recently with a daughter of Kalanisi in the shape of five year old Run Fly Run. Winning at Ballinrobe in the colours of the Supreme Racing Club, this half-sister to Salubrious, is another progressive type that has improved with each run.

Run Fly Run was winning in the hands of Patrick Mullins and he also rode the impressive Black Zambezi to win on his debut at Gowran Park in early October. Another bred here at Boardsmill, Black Zambezi is trained by Colm Murphy for the Winning Ways ‘Iontach’ Syndicate and he is a half -brother to Irish Grand National Winner Niche Market and is closely related to the above mentioned Mr Steadfast. This towering 5 year old has been brought along very patiently by Murphy and typical of most of his family, his true potential won’t be seen until he has a fence in front of him.

Kalanisi’s most recent bumper winner is the Rose Dobbin trained 4 year old Professor Plum, who belied his inexperience by landing a bumper at Sedgefield on his debut on October 30th. Purchased for the Dobbins by Gerry Hogan at Brightwell’s Breeze Up Sale last January for £28,000, Professor Plum was bred by County Roscommon based breeder Christy McCann. The Dobbins have another promising son of Kalanisi in their yard in the form of Attention Please, an eye-catcher when finishing 4th in a competitive Ayr bumper on October 27th.

Kalanisi has had a number of winners over hurdles and fences recently and none was more impressive than his 5 year old daughter Kalane, winner on her UK debut at Southwell on October 23rd. Kalane was purchased as a foal for €32,000 at Tatts Ireland November Sale by Paul & Amy Murphy of Wychnor Park Stud and sent to race in France as a 3 year old in order to take advantage of the attractive programme of races for 3 and 4 year old fillies over there. She made her debut in April 2013 as a four year old and finished a promising 3rd but unfortunately suffered a leg injury during the race and spent a long time on the sidelines.

Repatriated to the UK and patiently nursed back to full health, Kalane made her debut for Charlie Longsdon at Southwell and duly obliged in a Novice Hurdle against the geldings and will now be aimed at a Mares LISTED Novice hurdle.

Another good mare in action over hurdles recently has been the Pat Flynn trained Storm Away. The Christy Maye bred 5 year old added to her Bumper and Flat wins by landing a maiden hurdle at Down Royal in September and followed this up with an excellent 3rd place in a Grade 3 Novice Hurdle at Tipperary.

On the flat, the highlight in recent months was the victory of Sretaw in the Irish Cambridgeshire at The Curragh. Having finished runner-up on her previous six starts (including twice at the Galway festival), the five year old filly was creeping up the weights without getting a deserved win. But accordingly she was able to sneak in at the bottom of the weights of this prestigious handicap and with her customary late run she was produced right on the line by Wayne Lordan to claim the first prize of €60,000. Trained by Gavin Cromwell for owner/breeder Eamon Waters, Sretaw’s successes over a mile have had a lot of pedigree guru’s scratching their heads in disbelief. She is out of a mare by Flemensfirth who is out of a mare by Strong Gale and there isn’t a single horse in her first three dams that has any form over less than 2 miles!

Other winners on the flat for Kalanisi lately have been the full brothers Mushrae and Polyszynel. Bred here at Boardsmill, the 2 and 3yo brothers won over 6 and 7 furlongs respectively and are both graduates of Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling where they were purchased by Bobby O’Ryan. Their yearling full brother was offered at the same sale recently and he was bought as a dual purpose prospect by Kevin & Anna Ross Bloodstock on behalf of Anna’s father Arthur Moore.

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