At the double: Kalanisi bags two winners on day one of the Cheltenham Festival
Boardsmill Stud veteran was also represented by Champion Hurdle third
Veteran sire Kalanisi surged to the head of the Cheltenham Festival sires' table with a day one double courtesy of The Conditional, winner of the Grade 3 Ultima Handicap Chase, and Imperial Aura, who scored decisively in the Listed Northern Trust Company Novices' Handicap Chase.
The 24-year-old son of Doyoun - who is into his 13th covering season at the Flood family's Boardsmill Stud, having earlier spent six years at the Aga Khan's Gilltown Stud - is no stranger to Festival success.
His stud record includes Champion Hurdle hero Katchit and the ill-fated Fayonagh, who looked a star in the making when claiming the Champion Bumper three years ago.
The Conditional was bred by Brendan Ferris out of Gorrie Vale, an unraced daughter of Saddlers' Hall and Beauvale Pilgrim, in turn an unraced Muhtarram half-sister to Cardinal Hill who was sent off favourite in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle won by Hors La Loi but unseated Paul Carberry when in second at two out.
Cardinal Hill atoned for that mishap by winning a Fairyhouse Grade 2 and the Grade 1 Punchestown Champion Novice Hurdle on his next two outings.
The Conditional's success will give those operating on a budget hope, as he was sourced by his original owner Deirdre Hassett for a mere €9,000 as a three-year-old at the Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale.
Bred by Headfield Farm, Imperial Aura is out of Missindependence, a daughter of Executive Perk who won a Punchestown bumper while in training with Charlie Swan.
Kalanisi's impact was not only felt through the successes of The Conditional and Imperial Aura, as he was also represented by Champion Hurdle third Darver Star. He may not be done at this year's Festival, either, as his son Honest Vic would not be without a chance in the Coral Cup on Wednesday.
Five other stallions supplied a winner on day one, with Sholokhov represented by Shishkin in the Skybet Supreme Novices' Hurdle; Put The Kettle On put Stowaway's name in lights in the Racing Post Arkle; popular young sire No Risk At All landed a first festival winner with Epatante in the Unibet Champion Hurdle; Sulamani struck with Honeysuckle in the Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle; while Winged Love supplied National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase winner Ravenhill.
Cheltenham Festival sire standings: day one
Stallion Sire Location Winners 2nds 3rds
Kalanisi Doyoun Boardsmill Stud, Ire 2 - 1
No Risk At All My Risk Haras de Montaigu, Fr 1 - -
Sholokhov Sadler's Wells Glenview Stud, Ire 1 - -
Stowaway Slip Anchor Dead 1 - -
Sulamani Hernando Dead 1 - -
Winged Love In The Wings Dead 1 - -
Saint Des Saints Cadoudal Haras d'Etreham, Fr - 1 1
Davidoff Montjeu Dead - 1 -
Doctor Dino Muhtathir Haras du Mesnil, Fr - 1 -
Dubai Destination Kingmambo Exported to Saudi Arabia - 1 -
Gold Well Sadler's Wells Dead - 1 -
Great Pretender King's Theatre Haras de la Hetraie, Fr - 1 -
Kapgarde Garde Royale Haras de la Hetraie, Fr - 1 -
Apple Tree Bikala Dead - - 1
Jeremy Danehill Dancer Dead - - 1
Saddler Maker Sadler's Wells Dead - - 1
Sageburg Johannesburg Haras du Mont Goubert, Fr - - 1
Yeats Sadler's Wells Castlehyde Stud, Ire - - 1
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