Califet has enjoyed a fruitful past fortnight with three new winners from his 1st Irish Bred Crop.
First off the mark was the Colin Bowe trained Erne River who landed the 5yo Geldings Maiden at Dungarvan on January 26th. In the hands of Barry O’Neill, Erne River made all the running and put in a lovely round of jumping to run out a facile winner. Bred by Brendan and Mary Fitzpatrick from Straffan, the winner now heads to the sales.
The next winner by Califet was the impressive filly Lady Heath, winner of a bumper at Down Royal on her debut on January28th. Sent off at huge odds of 66/1, the Lorna Fowler trained winner quickened up nicely inside the final two furlongs to run out a very impressive winner with better fancied geldings from some of the leading yards filling the four places behind her. Lady Heath is owned and was bred by Tom Bruton from Dunboyne. Tom has been a great supporter of Boardsmill Sires and also bred Captain Tommy (Court Cave) and Steamboat Bill (Kalanisi), both two time winners in recent years. With the winner being trained outside Summerhill at Rahinstown by the Fowlers and ridden by Timmy Love from Rathmolyon, this was a great local success all round.
Last weekend at Kirkistown saw the Warren Ewing owned and trained Will Carver run out an impressive winner of the 5yo Geldings Maiden. The son of Califet fell on his debut and then ran a race full of promise at Dromahane after Christmas, finishing 4th behind some well regarded geldings. Having raced a bit keen at Dromahane, he was let bowl along this time and quickened clear at the finish to win in good style. P2P.ie reported that he ‘quickened away smartly to win in good style and could be one to watch in a bumper under rules’. He now heads to Tattersalls Cheltenham Sale next week.