News: 19 November 2010
Grade 2 Cheltenham Success for COURT CAVE
Court Cave sired his first Graded Winner on Sunday (15th Nov) as
his 5 year old son Champion Court was the impressive winner of the
Grade 2 Neptune Investment Management Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Trained by Cheltenham based trainer, Martin Keighley, Champion
Court was anchored at the back of the field by rider Warren Marston.
As the pace began to quicken, Champion Court closed on the leaders
and swooped past on the turn for home. He showed an impressive turn
of foot and stayed on resolutely up the hill to win by an ever widening
margin at the finish.
was a very impressive performance from the winner who was making
his debut over hurdles and only his 3rd ever racecourse appearance.
It was a great training performance from Keighley who purchased
Champion Court through Bloodstock Agent Gerry Hogan at the Doncaster
May Sales for £130,000. This was shortly after he had made
a winning debut in a Kilbeggan Bumper when trained by Gerry McMahon
from Galway. New owner Ben Wilson looks to have acquired an exciting
This win has further enhanced Court Caves growing reputation.
Following on from dual winner Whodoyouthink who was
Grade 3 placed last season, Court Cave has now sired two black type
horses from his 1st crop. He has also sired hurdle winner Millrock
Lady from his 1st crop. Also, making a name for himself on the point
to circuit, Court Cave has sired three 5 year old maiden winners
this year from just a handful of runners. His most recent winner
is the Liam Kenny trained Court In Session who was an
impressive winner at Lingstown in October.
Most recently, on the same day that Champion Court won at Cheltenham,
a four year old son of Court Cave, named Fairy Court, was beaten
narrowly on his debut in a 4 year old maiden at Dungarvan point
to point. Having lost momentum after jumping the last, he was headed
just before the line. It was a very encouraging debut run and hopefully
he can go one better shortly.
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