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News: 20 April 2012


Since our last update after Cheltenham, there have been some exciting performances by some of Court Cave’s 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 O’Neill 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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