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News: 1 December 2012

A November to remember for Court Cave

Court Cave’s 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 flags.

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…he’s one of the best I’ve ridden and while I’ve never ridden a Gold Cup Horse, don’t be surprised if he turns into one in the future’.

Big Casino’s 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, here’s 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 Cheltenham’s 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 Stephen’s’ 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.

Here’s looking forward to a December to remember also!

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