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Champion Court - Aintree 23.10.2011

Champion Court: finished fifth behind Cue Card in the Ryanair Chase

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Silver Trophy aim
for Champion Court

CHAMPION COURT is likely to be given the chance to bounce back from a lacklustre run in the Ryanair Chase by heading back to Cheltenham for the Grade 2 Silver Trophy Handicap Chase on Wednesday.

Trained by Martin Keighley, the eight-year-old produced a tame finishing effort at the festival when finishing fifth, beaten nearly 15 lengths by winner Cue Card.

The lack of zest from Champion Court troubled his trainer, who hopes the drop in grade and a bit of freshening up will see his stable star in a better light.

He said: "Champion Court is likely to run at Cheltenham next week. We have freshened him up and he is in good form. Providing that goes well and the ground is suitable, he will run. 

"I was disappointed with the way he didn't keep galloping on up the hill at Cheltenham. He didn't look like he would be out of the first three jumping the last but it was still a good run and the form looks rock solid."

Champion C ourt could face Hunt Ball, Menorah and Cheltenham Festival winner Carrickboy a week on Saturday and Keighley added: "Hopefully, he can show his best form. I think dropping back into a handicap instead of running in Grade 1s off levels might help him as well."

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