News: 1 December 2012
A November to remember for Court Cave
Court Caves rapidly growing
profile took another huge step forward over the past month with
a number of high profile successes on the track and between the
From 15 track runners during
November, he sired 4 winners and 8 other placed horses. The winners
included impressive first time out bumper winners Clondaw Court
(WP Mullins) and Big Casino (Kieran Burke) and also novice hurdle
winners Joseph Mercer (P Hobbs) and Hold Court (E Williams).
Clondaw Court, bred by Mrs
Dorothy De Stacpoole, received rave reviews after his winning debut
at Punchestown including from his rider Patrick Mullins who stated
in the Racing Post that he could be very special
one of the best Ive ridden and while Ive never ridden
a Gold Cup Horse, dont be surprised if he turns into one in
Big Casinos win at Ludlow
also deserves a mention. His owner/breeders, Mr and Mrs Jukes from
Wales, deserve great credit for their foresight and patience. Having
the foresight to pick out Court Cave back in 2005, his 2nd season
at stud, as a mate for their mare Migsy Malone deserves great praise.
Also having the patience to wait until the resulting offspring was
a 6 year old before reaching the track deserves even greater plaudits,
heres hoping it is the first success of many for the Jukes.
Whilst the winning performances
were noteworthy, there were some equally important runs in defeat.
On just his 2nd start over hurdles, Court Minstrel finished a fast
finishing 3rd in the Grade 2 Opus Energy Novices Hurdle at Cheltenhams
Open Meeting, to become another black type performer for his sire.
Whilst, Champion Court made his seasonal reappearance at Ascot by
shouldering top weight in a competitive handicap over the inadequate
trip of 2 miles and finished a very respectable second. All roads
lead to Kempton now on St Stephens day, where
Champion Court will be taking on the best in the King George Chase.
During November, Court Cave
also sired another 2 maiden winners between the flags in Hellorboston
and Native Court. This brought his tally of winners for the short
Autumn season to 4. Two of these winners then went to Brightwells
Sale at Cheltenham- Hellorboston was purchased by leading trainer
Donald McCain whilst the former Stuart Crawford trained dual winner
Court Appeal was bought by Highflyer Bloodstock.
Heres looking forward
to a December to remember also!
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