Champion Court: from the first crop of Beat Hollow's brother Court CavePICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Good week continues for sons of Wemyss Bight
Cheltenham; Cheltenham Pony Club Raceday Novices' Chase (Grade 2), 2m5f
CHAMPION COURT (7 g Court Cave - Mooneys Hill)
Bred by Larry O'Connor in Ireland
CHAMPION Court rounded off an excellent week for sons of the 1993 Irish Oaks heroine Wemyss Bight when claiming the scalps of Solix and Invictus in the Cheltenham Pony Club Raceday Novices' Chase at Cheltenham on Sunday.
The seven-year-old gelding is from the first crop of Wemyss Bight's unraced son Court Cave, a brother to Beat Hollow who sired Tuesday's Grade 1 Coral Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle winnerHollow Tree.
Court Cave has made his name through relatively small crops bred off an early fee of €1,500. In addition to Champion Court, his first crop also includes triple winner Whodoyouthink, who was fourth behind Dunguib in the 2010 Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown.
Court Cave will stand this season at Boardsmill Stud in Ireland for €2,500.
Champion Court is the best of two jumps winners out of minor hurdles winner Mooneys Hill, a daughter of Supreme Leader. The gelding was picked up for just €6,000 as a foal at the 2005 Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale by Edward Black but was resold for £130,000 at the 2010 DBS May Sale to G H Bloodstock after having won his debut, a bumper at Kilbeggan.
Bet With Your Mobile At Victor Chandler Chase Handicap (Grade 3), 2m5f
CALGARY BAY (9 g Taipan - Dante's Thatch)
Bred by Mrs Eleanor Hadden in Ireland
SUCCESSFUL in the Dipper Novices' Chase on this card two years ago, Calgary Bay turned in an authoritative display to land this event at the expense of Hector's Choice.
Calgary Bay shares his sire, the short-lived Taipan, with the2009 Flyingbolt Novice Chase winner Made In Taipan and Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle hero Celestial Wave.
As well as landing consecutive renewals of the Europe Preis and Premio Roma in 1997 and 1998, Taipan also gained fame as one of three Group 1 winners during the 1997 season out of Alidiva following 1,000 Guineas heroine Sleepytime and Sussex Stakes winner Ali-Royal.
Bred by Eleanor Hadden in Ireland, Calgary Bay was purchased by a cash buyer for €8,700 as a foal at the 2003 Tattersalls Ireland November Sale.
He is one of three winners out of the placed Phardante mare Dante's Thatch, also the dam of jumps winners Barcham Again (by Aristocracy) and Robbers Glen (by Muroto).