Thursday 21 September 2017

Casey blow as Flemenstar to join Martin

Veteran handler Peter Casey will no longer train classy chaser Flemenstar after the horse’s owner moved the horse to Tony Martin’s yard
Veteran handler Peter Casey will no longer train classy chaser Flemenstar after the horse’s owner moved the horse to Tony Martin’s yard
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Flemenstar will not be returning to Peter Casey's north Dublin base after the top-class chaser's owner Stephen Curran confirmed recent speculation that he is to join Tony Martin's stable.

It is a desperate blow for Casey's modest Tubbertown yard. "I just feel that moving the horse is the right thing to do," said Curran.

Casey's colourful manner did wonders for bringing racing to a wider audience, but he did so on the back of his fantastic achievements with a horse for which Curran rejected a bid of €200,000 at public auction after it won its maiden hurdle in 2011.

Flemenstar went on to prove himself one of the very best chasers around. The eight-year-old enjoyed a seven-race unbeaten spree over fences that included three memorable Grade One wins.

Casey tweeted: "I am so pleased to have achieved 12 runs, eight wins, four placed, €313,749 in prize-money with Flemenstar. Good luck to all in the future."

Andrew Lynch has ridden Flemenstar in all his track wins. It remains to be seen if he will keep the ride, with Ruby Walsh among Martin's regulars.

Irish Independent

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