Kalahaar set for Belmont Guineas

The LR Belmont Guineas on June 23 is the winter goal for Kalahaar.  The beautifully bred gelding stretched his unbeaten run to three in the Allightsykes Hcp (1400m) at Belmont Park on Saturday.

Kalahaar (3g Choisir – Kalatiara by Metal Storm) bolted in on debut at Albany on Easter Sunday and then powered home to score at Ascot a fortnight later.  “He’s a nice horse and we haven’t asked him for much yet,” trainer Steve Wolfe said after he completed the hat-trick.  “I haven’t knocked him around and he’s going to go a bit further than 1400m.”

Coolmore shuttler Choisir got him from Kalatiara who was a G2 winner of the 2000 WA Guineas before travelling to North America where she won the G3 Royal Heroine Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Kalatiara was from the second crop of Metal Storm and they established the Mungrup Stud sire as a major influence through G1 winner Old Fashion and the stakes winners Kalatiara, Dark ‘N’Dangerous, Metal Master, Krystal Storm and Storm Shot.

Perth Racing committeemen Lex Piper and Graham Daws race Kalahaar with their wives Shirley and Christine.

Kalatiara’s younger sister Kentiara was a Listed winner of the Detonator Stakes and La Trice Classic.  Another sister Lacienne foaled G2 Perth Cup winner Guest Wing (Right Wing).  They were also owned by the Pipers.

Lacienne retired a maiden after two starts but she’s been as regular as clockwork at Mungrup Stud.  Since the Perth Cup winner, she foaled Ascot winner Lacie to Mungrup sire Oratorio (Aus) and her latest includes a 2yo filly and a yearling filly by Danehill Express.  The mare foaled a colt by Oratorio (Aus) last year.