News: 5 November 2013
Further success for COURT CAVE
COURT CAVE has enjoyed
a fruitful past couple of months as the National Hunt season kicks
into full swing. There have been some impressive performances from
youngsters on the track and his massive reputation in the Point
to Point field has been further enhanced with 6 more maiden victories
already after just 6 weeks of the current season.
As mentioned previously in
our news, Richard and Margaret Jukes from South Wales deserve great
credit for their foresight in using Court Cave in his early years
at stud. Their homebred gelding BIG CASINO rewarded them
with another victory on his seasonal debut at Carlisle on October
30th. Now trained by Nigel Twiston Davies, the towering 6 year old
gelding will not be seen at his best until tackling fences but in
the meantime, the Jukes will hopefully see their gelding gain
some more successes over hurdles.
Another gelding that made a
big impression in October was the Bill Doran bred WADSWICK COURT.
He gained his 2nd bumper win on his seasonal reappearance at Wincanton
on Oct ober 15th beating Purple Bay who had finished 5th in the
Cheltenham bumper last March. The Racing Post stated that he rates
a fair prospect for novice hurdles, whilst his trainer Charlie Longsdon
described him as very impressive.
Those who are well versed in
Irish History will know that Brega was the name of a petty kingdom
north of Dublin in medieval Ireland. The Kingdom of Brega was bounded
on the east by the Irish Sea, on the south by the river liffey and
it extended northwards across the river Boyne to the foothills of
County Louth. It appears there were many Kings Of Brega back then,
but there is only one King Of Brega now and in his short reign he
has already conquered Thurles and Down Royal!
Trained in the heart of the
Kingdom Of Brega by his breeder Pat Downey, THE KING OF BREGA
followed up his facile handicap debut success at Thurles on
October 24th with an even easier victory at Down Royal on Friday
1st November. Defying a 13 pound rise in the weights following his
first victory, The King has been raised a further 23lbs for his
2nd victory. He is an exciting horse to watch out for, wherever
he decides to conquer next.
Between the flags, Court Caves
tally of maiden winners now stands at astaggering
26. His most recent winners include impressive 4 year olds UPPERTOWN
CAVE and CLONDAW BANKER and also 5 year old MERCERS
COURT. All three are now due to head to the sales in Brightwells.
UPPERTOWN CAVE is trained
by Donnchadh Doyle in Co Wexford and he was an impressive winner
at Loughrea in October. Bred by Declan McCann, the winner is the
first foal out of Newtown Charlie, a homebred mare that won a point
to point for Declan in the hands of Gordon Elliott.
CLONDAW BANKER was the
facile winner of his 4yo maiden at Curraheen on November 2nd. Gaining
quick compensation for a 2nd fence fall at Tattersalls a week previously,
this gelding is trained in Wexford also, by Michael Goff and is
another Boardsmill Stud graduate.
MERCERS COURT won a
competitive 5 year old maiden at Loughanmore on October 26th and
this Brian Hamilton trained gelding is a full brother to Joseph
Mercer who was also successful for the same connections. He was
bred in County Down by Alastair Thompson and he is now owned in
partnership by Alastair and Barry McMurray.
The remaining three point to
point winners this Autumn to date are the Pat Downey trained duo
of MISS NINA and DREAM CRUSHER and the Denis Murphy
trained SIMPLY SWEEP.
Downeys homebred Miss
Nina won a mares maiden which will add to her paddock value
as she is a full sister to Nearest The Pin and a half-sister to
Hold The Pin. Dream Crusher won on his point to point debut and
it will be interesting to see can he take advantage of his lowly
hurdle mark which he attained last year, when he returns to the
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