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 Kalanisis first Boardsmill crop
of 5yos landed one of the most prestigious Premier Handicaps
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 Elliotts Grade 1 winning chaser
Mount Benbulben (also bred by McGeartys).
Elliott trained another member
of Kalanisis 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 wont be seen until
he has a fence in front of him.
Kalanisis 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 Brightwells 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
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
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, Sretaws successes over a mile have had a lot
of pedigree gurus scratching their heads in disbelief. She
is out of a mare by Flemensfirth who is out of a mare by Strong
Gale and there isnt 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 ORyan.
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 Annas father Arthur Moore.
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