Martin happy with Flemenstar for seasonal debut

Flemenstar, one of the major names of the jumping scene, makes his seasonal reappearance in the Fortria Chase at Navan tomorrow.

Owner Stephen Curran confirmed in September that his three-times Grade One winner would be leaving Peter Casey and joining the care of Tony Martin.

Curran did all of the pre-training himself and Martin has only had him in his care for six weeks, so is just keen to get his season started.

Flemenstar ended last season on a low, returning a sick horse after being beaten a long way by Sprinter Sacre at Aintree.

“He has done everything well, he has schooled well and galloped well,” said Martin.

“You don’t learn an awful lot about them in six weeks, but I am looking forward to getting him started on Sunday.

“He’s done a few bits of work and we’re quite happy with him. We’ll get him out on Sunday and take it from there.

“We haven’t taken him away anywhere but we have got plenty of work into him at home.

“I have no plans after Navan. We’ll take it one day at a time. We’ll get Sunday out of the way first and make a plan after that.”

Taking him on is Henry de Bromhead’s Days Hotel, winner of three Grade Twos last season but was no match for Sprinter Sacre at Punchestown.

“He’s in good form. It’s his first run back and we’re looking forward to getting him out,” said De Bromhead.

“He runs well fresh. He’d a good record over two miles last season, and the softer the ground the better for him over two miles.”

Gordon Elliott’s Realt Mor, a Grade One winner last season, and Denis Cullen’s Rubert complete the field.


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