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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.

This 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 prospect.

This win has further enhanced Court Cave’s 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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