Court In The Act is a scopey individual by proven National Hunt Sire Court Cave who finished an eye-catching 3rd on his final start of the 2022/23 NH season and has continued to improve this season with Harry Derham by winning his bumper, finishing 2nd on his hurdling debut and then winning a Class 2 Maiden at Kempton Park on Boxing Day!
This 5-year old was purchased at the Goffs Spring Store Sale in May by top bloodstock agent Anthony Bromley and Oliver Sherwood after his breeding and conformation caught their eye – very well put together with bags of scope and an athletic walk.
The sire Court Cave was unraced himself but is from one of the best Stallion pedigrees being a full brother to Group 1 winner Beat Hollow, and a half brother to 4-time winner Yaralino. His Dam Wemyss Bight is a Group 2 winner who also finished 5th in The Oaks.
Court Cave is already proving to be a very popular NH Stallion with his 3yo stores selling up to 120,000 Euros thanks to a hugely impressive 45% NH strike rate. Offspring include Grade 2 Cheltenham Festival winner Mister Whitaker, Grade 3 winner Court Minstrel, Grade 3 winner Into Overdrive and Oliver’s very own 8-time winner Jersey Bean. Unsurprisingly Court Cave is a sire Oliver really likes. The Dam Alexander Road is a 3-time hurdle winner on soft and heavy ground. She has produced 6 foals with the most successful being hurdle and 2-time chase winner Shanty Alley (rated 132.)
Court In The Act started his first season with an encouraging 5th in a bumper on debut in testing ground conditions before running a great race on better ground at Huntingdon to finish 3rd despite meeting traffic problems. He had the summer off to grow and strengthen and moved to Harry Derham’s Lambourn base yard following the retirement of Oliver Sherwood.
The young horse made his debut for Harry’s yard at Fontwell Park on 7th October and gave an impressive performance in the bumper as he led from start to finish, travelling beautifully and hitting the line in front strongly! It was great to see Court In The Act with his nose in front and after a few weeks of perfecting his schooling the horse made a very promising start to his hurdling career as he finished 2nd after jumping superbly at Hereford.
Evidently the young horse had learnt from his hurdling debut as he made the running during a competitive Class 2 Maiden Hurdle contest at Kempton Park on Boxing Day. Under another fine ride from Paul O’Brien the youngster jumped the majority of his hurdles well, travelling strongly out in front and having the rest of the field hard at work as they turned for home. Two great leaps over the last two were exactly what we needed and Court In The Act went onto win for the first time over hurdles. His future certainly looks bright!
|Court In The Act
April 11th 2019
|Court Cave (IRE)
|Alexander Road (IRE)
Court Cave by Sadler’s Wells
Court Cave was unraced due to an injury to his fetlock as a 2yo. However being extremely well bred his Juddmonte Owners felt he would do well at Stud and indeed he has! He stands at Boardsmill Stud (who stand Group 1 winner Poet’s Word too) and has produced a number of eye-catching National Hunt prospects.
To name a few include Grade 1 Cheltenham Festival Winner City Island and Willoughby Court, 2 Cheltenham Festival winner Mister Whitaker, Grade 3 winner Court Minstrel, Desirable Court (Listed winner), Champion Court (multiple Group 2 winner at Cheltenham) and recent hurdle winners Caspers Court, Motion In Lemine and Glen Ava.
Alexander Road by Kaldounevees
The Dam is a 3-time hurdle winner over 2m4f-3 miles and she raced 2 years before retiring to stud. She has produced 6 foals including Shanty Alley (8yo) who has one 3 times over jumps and been placed 5 times, a 2yo filly by Kalanisi and a yearling colt by Poet’s Word.
Her sire Kaldounevees is a dual Group 3 winner over a mile and has been placed in a Group 1 in America and Germany.
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