News: 10 January 2012
New Years Day Celebrations at Cheltenham
for Court Cave
Champion Court became Court Caves first graded winner over
fences by impressively landing the Grade 2 Dipper Novices Chase
over 2m5f at Cheltenham on New Years Day.
This was Champs 2nd win over fences this season and followed
up two recent excellent runs in defeat also at Cheltenham. He made
all the running under Alain Cawley and put in an impressive round
of jumping from start to finish. He battled on gamely up the hill
to hold off the Nicky Henderson trained Solix.
Trained by the excellent Martin Keighley in Condicote, not far
from Cheltenham, Champion Court will now have a short break before
being prepared for a race at the Cheltenham Festival. This was also
Martins first Grade 2 winner over fences and also his first
winner over fences at his local track. Co-incidentally it was Champ
who also provided Martin with his first Grade 2 win over hurdles,
also at Cheltenham, last season. Visit www.martinkeighleyracing.com
for daily news from his yard.
Two other recent notable performances over fences by 1st crop sons
of Court Cave came from Nearest The Pin and Whodoyouthink.
Nearest The Pin ran a fine race in defeat in Leopardstown at Christmas
when chasing home Hidden Cyclone in a beginners chase. Trained by
Tony Martin for the Jimmy Owens led Sox Syndicate from Navan, Nearest
The Pin appreciated the better ground and put in an impressive round
of jumping under Paul Carberry. This big horse will appreciate good
ground come spring time and hopefully we will see him collecting
a big pot at one of the festivals.
Whodoyouthink gained his 2nd Grade 3 placing over fences from just
3 starts to date when chasing home 2nd season chaser Quel Esprit
at Thurles in the Phil Sweeney Memorial Chase on January 7th. The
winner was rated 14lbs superior to Whodoyouthink, so the runner-up
lost nothing in defeat. He put in a good round of jumping under
Andrew McNamara and his rider sensibly nursed him home in 2nd place
once the Willie Mullins trained winner had the race sewn up. Hopefully
Whodoyouthink can put this experience to good use and win a big
prize before the end of the season.
Court Caves fee for 2012 has been set at €2,500 Oct
1st terms and he has been attracting a lot of interest from breeders
over the past few weeks.
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