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Show Court tries to make it two in a row

Posted: April 27, 2017 9:30 a.m.
Updated: April 28, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Mark W. Buyck Jr.’s Show Court leads a well-balanced field of jump racing’s future stars in Saturday for the $75,000 Queen’s Cup MPC ’Chase, the featured race of the 22nd annual Queen’s Cup Steeplechase.

Show Court comes into the 2 3/8-mile Queen’s Cup from a seven-length victory in the $75,000 Carolina Cup on April 1 in Camden, which like the Queen’s Cup is limited to novices, or horses in their first seasons of racing over fences.

A maiden winner over fences in Ireland in 2015, Show Court showed little in his U.S. debut for trainer Arch Kingsley Jr. last fall, when he finished unplaced in a Virginia flat race and a ratings handicap at the Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup.

But the eight-year-old learned the American game at Kingsley’s Camden base over the winter and pulled away smartly to an impressive win in the Carolina Cup. English jockey Michael Mitchell has a return call on Show Court.

Also coming out of the Carolina Cup are two top novice competitors who were unplaced in the race. DASH Stable’s Ice It finished sixth, and Gil Johnston’s Miguel Grau was seventh. Sean McDermott has the call on Ice It for champion trainer Jack Fisher, and trainer Richard Valentine named Shane Crimin aboard Miguel Grau.

Trainer Jimmy Day will saddle Michael A. Smith’s Irish-bred Cul Baire, who defeated more experienced steeplechase horses in last fall’s Noel Laing Handicap at the Montpelier Hunt Races in Virginia. Jack Doyle has the call.

Completing the field is Stephen E. Johnson’s Strongbox, a maiden winner at last November’s Colonial Cup meet. Camden’s Bernie Dalton will ride for his wife, trainer Kate Dalton.


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