COURT CAVE sired yet another Cheltenham Festival winner this year in the shape of PREMIER MAGIC, the impressive winner of the St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters Chase. The most prestigious Hunters Chase of the season, run over the same course and distance as the Gold Cup, this race is viewed by most as the Gold Cup for Amateurs and also for all involved in the Point to Point and Hunt fraternity.
The 10 year old winner was bred by Eamonn and Caroline O Hanlon in Co. Tipperary and started his career in points in Ireland with Mark Cahill. He raced 3 times for Mark without winning and was purchased privately by Jimmy Kelly on behalf of Bradley Gibbs to go pointing in the UK. Since being acquired by Bradley he has raced 13 times between the flags and has won 9 of these. Amazingly, his run at Cheltenham was only his 4th run under rules and his 2nd track win to add to his 9 points successes. Bradley has ridden him to all those successes bar one and trains the gelding for his fiancée’s father Julian Sheriff.
It was fitting for COURT CAVE to sire the winner of this race as his progeny have had so much success in the point to point field in both Ireland and the UK. This was his 4th Cheltenham Festival winner over the past 7 festivals. His previous winners included the Grade 1 winners Willoughby Court and City Island and also Novice Chase winner Mister Whitaker.
COURT CAVE remains in rude health at the age of 22 in what is his 20th season at stud!