Boardsmill Stud recently announced that the Multiple Gr.1 winner POET’S WORD will stand for €5,000 in 2020, his first season at Boardsmill. The 2nd highest rated colt in training in Europe in 2018, Poet’s Word was the winner of 7 races and amassed almost £3m in prize money. He took some major scalps during his 17 race career, defeating no fewer than 23 individual Group 1 winners. He was the only horse to defeat Cracksman in 2018, when he won The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes over 10 furlongs at Royal Ascot. In the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 12 furlongs he defeated his stable mate Crystal Ocean in a thrilling finish on the only occasion they met.
POET’S WORD has been really well received by all breeders who have viewed him to date and he has some high class performers and producers booked into him by breeders from both sides of the Irish Sea.
All the other sires on the Boardsmill roster have enjoyed a successful 2019 and have all enjoyed Grade 1 success during the past year. Their 2020 fees remain unchanged.
CALIFET (€6,000) enjoyed the biggest success of his stallion career in May with the victory of Carriacou in the €800,000 Gr.1 Grand Steeple Chase de Paris at Auteuil. It looks as if he has unearthed another star chaser in the shape of Cilaos Emery who is unbeaten in 3 chase starts following his recent victory in the Gr.2 Hilly Way Chase at Cork and is now rated 165 over fences. Califet’s 1st Irish bred crop of 4 year olds are impressing and his most recent winner was novice hurdle victor Pull Green, trained by Donald McCain. Others include 4yo Point to Point winners Calthor (now with Gavin Cromwell for JP McManus) and Tango Charlie (now with Mags Mullins).
For the 3rd consecutive year COURT CAVE (€4,000) sired a Cheltenham Festival winner, this time in the shape of Gr.1 winner City Island. He continues to churn out the winners on the track and between the flags. Amongst his recent track winners is the Jeremy Scott trained Champagne Court, who is two from two over fences and looks an exciting prospect. His most recent winner between the flags was the impressive 4 year old debutante Clondaw Secret from the Mick Goff stable, a winner at Boulta in December.
KALANISI (€4,000) is still in great order and turns 24 years old in January. He continues to produce high class performers and added a further Grade 1 winner to his CV in April with the victory of Kalashnikov in the Maghull Novices Chase at Aintree. Another new Grade 1 performer emerged in December in the shape of the rapidly improving Darver Star, who chased home smart pair Envoi d’Allen and Abacadabras in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle whilst The Conditional looks a young chaser with a bright future after finishing a gallant runner-up in the £250,000 Ladbrokes Trophy Chase in Newbury in November.
Filly concesssions are available for all Boardsmill Sires.