Martin readying big guns

Tony Martin’s Cheltenham Festival hero Savello is set to make his seasonal reappearance over the Festive period.

Martin readying big guns

The eight-year-old won the Grand Annual at Prestbury Park in March, capping a memorable final day of the Festival for jockey Davy Russell following his Gold Cup triumph aboard Lord Windermere. Savello went on to finish third behind Sizing Europe in the Champion Chase at Punchestown at the end of April, but has not been seen in competitive action since.

He could return in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown on December 27, but is also entered over hurdles on the same day.

Martin said: “He galloped the other day and we were happy with him, so hopefully he’ll be out somewhere over Christmas. He has a couple of options and we’ll see which way we go nearer the time.”

Another of Martin’s stable stars set for an imminent comeback is Bog Warrior. The 10-year-old won the Webster Cup at Navan earlier in the year, but has been sidelined since pulling up in the French Champion Hurdle in June.

He holds an entry in the Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 28.

“It’s the same story with Bog Warrior. Hopefully he’ll run somewhere before too long. We’ll see how he is and go from there,” said Martin.

Flemenstar has been off the track for over year, but owner Stephen Curran recently issued an upbeat bulletin on his progress.

The nine-year-old is in line to return to action before the end of the campaign, but has not yet returned to full work with Martin.

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