News: 20 April 2012
COURT CAVE PROGENY CONTINUE TO IMPRESS
Since our last update after Cheltenham, there have been some exciting
performances by some of Court Caves offspring- both in victory
and defeat, on the track and between the flags
On the track
Champion Court was back in action at Aintree following his gallant
run at Cheltenham. He was running over 3miles this time around in
the Grade 2 Novices Chase. Held up on this occasion, he proved no
match for the high class Paul Nicholls trained Silviniaco Conti,
but ran another excellent race to finish 2nd and round off an excellent
1st season over fences. Hopefully he will come out of the race in
full health as there will be lots to look forward to next season.
Also at Aintree, there was another noteworthy Grade 2 performance
by a son of Court Cave. The Evan Williams trained Court Minstrel
ran a superb race in the concluding bumper on Grand National Day
and finished an eye catching 4th of 19 having been held up in last
place for most of the race. Bred here at Boardsmill Stud, Court
Minstrel had won 2 of his 3 starts in bumpers this term and has
been brought along very steadily by his trainer who has given this
5 year old time to develop into his big frame. Another exciting
prospect for next season.
Earlier in the week, Whodoyouthink lined up in the Irish
Grand National having only had 3 previous runs over fences. The
Oliver McKiernan trained 7 year old had won his most previous outing
which was in a handicap hurdle in Wexford on St Patricks Day, but
was facing a huge task for such an inexperienced horse. Ridden by
Mick Darcy, Whodoyouthink bowled along near the head of the field
and jumped like an old hand. He was still in contention before the
3rd last after which he came under pressure, but he battled on gamely
all the way up the straight to finish a highly respectable 7th.
Should he remain a novice until next season, this experience should
stand him in good stead next season against more inexperienced rivals
and again there should be a lot to look forward to.
Some recent victories have included a debut bumper win in Sedgefield
for the John Wade trained Forty Crown. This 6 year old was
bred by Declan Little from Kilcock and is a very big horse who ran
very green and should improve a lot for the experience.
There have been some eyecatching runs from youngsters on the track
recently including a fine 2nd for the Phillip Hobbs trained Joseph
Mercer in a novice hurdle at Newton Abbot on just his 2nd start
and 4th and 5th places in the same bumper at Huntingdon for Call
A Truce and Sweet Prince on their debuts for Ben Case
and Jonjo ONeill respectively.
Between the flags
There has also been plenty of success in the point to point field.
Two weeks ago Take Out The Pin won at Tallanstown whilst
Porto Prince was victorious at Ballynoe whilst over in the
UK, Louisthenineteenth registered another win between the
flags for his owner Simon Tindall.
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