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News: 2 January 2013

Court Cave- Christmas Crackers

Court Cave's fine run of form continued into December with 4 new winners. 3 of those winners came over the Christmas period as did Champion Court's brave effort in the Grade 1 King George chase in which he finished 4th to Long Run. His bold front running performance and excellent jumping were a joy to watch. He truly is a high class chaser and hopefully he will gain a deserved top level victory before the end of the season.

The first winner in December was the Charlie Longsdon trained Wadswick Court who impressed on his debut by winning his bumper at Hereford on December 5th. The front two pulled a long way clear of the rest and his trainer holds him in high regard. Post-race comments suggested Wadswick Court would be put away until March as he is being aimed at the valuable DBS Sales Bumper at Newbury, a race his trainer won last year. Wadswick Court was bred by Bill and Ann Doran at Dimond Stud in Co. Louth.

The next eye-catching performance came from the Jonjo O'Neill trained and JP McManus owned debutant 'Don't Be Late'. This 4yo Derby Sale graduate, bred by Seamus Boyle, finished a close 2nd at Warwick to a gambled on horse that had previous point and racecourse experience. Don't Be Late ran a bit green in the closing stages and looks like a readymade winner next time out, all going well.
The first of Court Cave's winners over the Christmas period was the Donald McCain trained 4 year old Hellorboston, who was an easy winner of a Sedgefield bumper on his racecourse debut. Winner of a point to point for Sean 'Farmer' Doyle, he was purchased by McCain for £16,000 at the November Brightwells Sale. He was bred in Co. Meath by the Prendiville family.

Next on the score sheet was the Peter Newell owned and bred 'Courtly Conduct' who gained a deserved victory in a maiden hurdle at Limerick. This first crop son of Court Cave had some good early bumper form but was off the track for over two years before returning with a couple of good placed efforts prior to this victory. He has been nursed back to full health by Peter at his Drumree, Co Meath base and also by trainer Mark Roper. Hopefully this will be his first win of many as he looks like a chaser in the making.
The final victory over the festive period was the John Wade trained Forty Crown, who ground out a gutsy win in a Kelso maiden hurdle. This towering 6 year old also looks like a chaser in the making and as they say anything he does over hurdles will be a bonus. Forty Crown was sold to John Wade as a yearling by his Kilcock based breeder Declan Little.

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