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News: 23 May 2010

Son of Court Cave realises £130,000 at Doncaster

Court Champion, a recent winner of a bumper at Kilbeggan on his debut, realised the 3rd highest price at this year’s Doncaster Horses In Training Sale.

The 5 year old son of Court Cave impressed a lot of good judges by the manner of his sole racecourse start and there was a lot of interest in the imposing gelding before he entered the sales ring on Wednesday afternoon.

Bloodstock Agent Gerry Hogan was the successful bidder at £130,000 as he got the better of trainer Ben De Haan. Hogan said afterwards "I saw him win at Kilbeggan and really liked him. He's athletic, got size, scope and is going to be a chaser in the long term,". Hogan was acting on behalf of Ben Wilson, an owner with Martin Keighley.

Court Champion comes from Court Cave’s first crop and is out of the winning Supreme Leader mare ‘Mooneys Hill’. Bred by Larry O’Connor from Drogheda, Co. Louth, Court Champion is his dam’s 2nd winner from 4 runners, her 1st 4 foals. She also has a 4yo full brother to Court Champion and O’Connor has retained a 3 year old filly by Dilshaan. Mooney’s Hill was trained by Al O’Connell for O’Connor.

This continues Court Cave’s recent good run of success. He has also sired two recent 5 year old maiden winners between the flags viz Mr Caveman and Louisthenineteenth. His main flag bearer on the track to date is the Oliver McKiernan trained Whodoyouthink who won 2 hurdles and was Grade 1 and Grade 2 placed over hurdles.

Court Champion pictured as a foal at Boardsmill Stud in May 2005


Court Champion pictured winning his bumper at Kilbeggan in May 2010

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