Category: Unraced horses
Date of Birth: 18 Feb 2016
Sire: Califet (FR)
Dam: Our Pollyanna (IRE)
Dam Sire: Flemensfirth (USA)
A fine looking gelded son of Califet is offered for sale by Apple Tree Stud, as they seek to pursue a new direction with their stock.
Califet was a high-class performer in his racing days, winning a Grp-2 over a mile-and-a-half in France. His most notable performance came when he finished a close-up fourth to Marienbard in the 2002 Arc.
Given his proven stamina and durability over a long and successful racing career, it is little surprise that he has gained a fine reputaton with NH breeders. He is responsible for superstar French hurdler Blue Dragon, who has won thirteen races all told including twice in Grade-1 company. He is familiar to Irish breeders thanks to his son Clarcam, a dual Grade-1 winning novice chaser - whilst another son, Ziga Boy, won the presitiogus Skybet Handicap Chase (Listed) at Doncaster earlier this year.
Meanwhile, the exciting Willie Mullins trained novice chaser Bamako Moriviere has been creating a real buzz with his performances, hacking up in a Grade-3 novice chase at Cork a few days ago.
The dam Our Pollyanna was a bumper winner in Ireland who went on to show good form over hurdles in Britain. She is by leading NH stallion Flemensfirth (sire of Imperial Commander, Tidal Bay and many more) and is out of flat and hurdles winner Polly Anthus. Therefore on the distaff side this young gelding is closely related to formerly 138 rated chaser Dick Dundee and Listed wnning hurdler Whoops A Daisy.
This is a good looking young store, with a pedigree to recommend on either side. He will surely make up into an exciting prospect in the years to come.