Flemenstar is on course to make his debut for Tony Martin in the Boylesports.com Fortria Chase at Navan on Sunday.
One of the stars of the last National Hunt season when trained by Peter Casey, he was moved to Martin by his owner Stephen Curran, who felt he would benefit from a change of routine having ended his campaign as a sick horse at Aintree. Flemenstar won the two-mile Grade Two 12 months ago, after which he was stepped up in trip.
“I got him six weeks ago. The plan is that he’ll start off in the Fortria at Navan. He has done plenty and hopefully, all going well he’ll run on Sunday,” said Martin.
“I’d say he is a versatile horse. I don’t really know if he needs soft ground. He is just a good horse and like everyone else, I saw him racing over the last couple of years and he seems to have won on all types of ground so I don’t think ground really matters to him.”
Martin could also run Dedigout, while Willie Mullins has two entries, Arvika Ligeonniere, a winner of three Grade Ones as a novice chaser last season, and Sanctuaire, bought out of Paul Nicholls’ yard for �170,000.
Days Hotel ran several good races last year and may represent Henry de Bromhead, while Tom Cooper has entered Lucky William who ended last season on a real high.
Gordon Elliott’s Realt Mor is likely to strip fitter for his seasonal return and may be joined by stablemate Toner D’Oudairies. Noel Meade’s Realt Dubh is in the mix, too, with Denis Cullen’s Rubert completing the 10 possibles.Read the rest of the story British Horseracing Authority News Headlines