Sunday 18 August 2019

Navan-bound Flemenstar has new trainer


Flemenstar will try to win Fortria Chase at Navan on Sunday with a new trainer.

Formerly trained by Peter Casey and, until recently, Tony Martin, the 10-year-old is now in the care of o wner Stephen Curran's son, Anthony.

Winner of the race in 2012 and 2013, Flemenstar has continually been plagued with leg trouble.

He did, though, manage to get back on the track twice in the spring, but c ut no ice in the Webster Cup Chase at Navan or in the BoyleSports Champion Chase at Punchestown.

"We hope to run him. He's good but we're just hoping for a drop of rain," said Stephen Curran.

"It's his first run back, so it's fingers crossed.

"If he (Anthony) can get him back into the winners' enclosure, it would be a proud day."

Last year's winner Twinlight is one of two possibles from Willie Mullins' stable along with Champagne Fever.

Henry de Bromhead is responsible for three of the 12 entries - Special Tiara, Days Hotel and Home Farm - for the Grade Two contest over two miles.

Gordon Elliott also has three in Azorian, Bright New Dawn and Mail De Bievre.

The Ted Walsh-trained Foxrock, Shark Hanlon's Hidden Cyclone and Texas Jack, from Noel Meade's stable, complete the dozen.

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