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News: 1 May 2010


Boardsmill Stud’s young pretender ‘Court Cave’ had a red letter day on Saturday 1st May siring an across the card double with an impressive debut bumper winner at Kilbeggan and also a 5 year old maiden Point to Point winner at Taylorstown.

CHAMPION COURT went off an unfancied 25 to1 shot in the bumper at Kilbeggan for Co. Galway permit holder William McMahon. Settled at the back of the field throughout, Champion Court was always travelling well and as the tempo quickened in the final circuit he gradually made up ground whilst travelling ominously well. Siphoning through the field as they rounded the final two bends, the 5 year old just had to pick up the well backed favourite Khorun as they straightened up for the short run in. And that he did- under a hands and heels ride from his compotent rider, Champion Court ran out a facile and very impressive winner.

Champion Court is from Court Cave’s 1st crop and was bred by Larry O’Connor from near Drogheda in Co. Louth. He is out of the Supreme Leader winning mare Mooney’s Hill, who was trained by Al O’Connell and won a maiden hurdle in O’Connor’s colours. He is Mooney’s Hill’s fourth foal, fourth runner and second winner. Her first foal- the ill fated Dara Whyte won a chase in Navan last year and incidentally was the first winner trained by Al’s daughter Claire O’Connell.

Champion Court was raised and grazed at Boardsmill Stud and was sold as a foal in 2005.


Meanwhile, earlier on May 1st, Court Cave sired his 1st Point to Point winner when ‘Louisthenineteenth’, trained by Ian Ferguson, gave a great display of jumping to land the 5 year old maiden at Taylorstown in Co. Down.

Prominent throughout, the winner showed great determination to fend off the late challenge of Feather Hill under a strong ride from Chris Cully.

Bred by John ‘Jap’ Noone from Kilmessan in Co. Meath, Lousithenineteeth is out of the American bred mare ‘Prusse’. He was sold by Boardsmill Stud as a yearling in 2006 when bought by Peter Molony of Rathmore Stud. He was bought by Ian Ferguson on behalf of current owner at the Tattersalls Ireland Breeze Up sale in November 2008.

Court Cave’s very few runners in point to points have been catching a lot of good judges eyes. He has also sired COURT IN SESSION who was narrowly beaten at Largy on April 24th. He looks a sure fire future winner. Also representin Court Cave between the flags this year is Mr Caveman. Trained by Sneezy Foster, he was a staying on 3rd in a Loughrea maiden in April and looks one to follow.


Court Cave’s main flagbearer on the track to date is the Oliver McKiernan trained WHODOYOUTHINK. Winner of two hurdle races, he was also placed 4th in the Grade 1 Deloitte Hurdle behind Dunguib and also placed 3rd in a Grade 2 at the Fairyhouse Easter Festival.

All in all COURT CAVE has really made a big impression with his 1st runners and given his exceptional pedigree, it is hardly surprising. He comes from a family full of top class performers and it is already developing into a serious source of Sire potential. As welll as being a full brother to Group 1 sire Beat Hollow, Court Cave is also closely related to Flat sire sensation OASIS DREAM and also the very exciting young French Sire MARTALINE.

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