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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 Cave’s 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.

Downey’s homebred Miss Nina won a mare’s 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 track.

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