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Flemenstar’s Tony Martin Debut set for Fortria Chase'

Monday, 1 January 1

  Flemenstar looks set to kick start his campaign when he lines up in the Grade 2 Fortria Chase at Navan on Sunday. The eight year old was a multiple Grade 1 winner for Peter Casey and he will have his first outing on Sunday for Tony Martin who said,’ 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.’ Regarding ground he remarked,’ 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.’ He added,’ he has done everything well, he has schooled well and galloped well. You don’t learn an awful lot about them in six weeks, but I am looking forward to getting him started on Sunday. 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.’ He might be taken on by the Willie Mullins trained Sanctuaire, who was a very smart chaser for Paul Nicholls. The French bred was purchased by present connections earlier this year and Mullins has also pencilled in the smart Arvika Ligeonniere for Sunday’s contest. Meanwhile Eddie Harty plans to run the promising Minella Foru in The Grade 3 Text-A-Bet 51900 For Auction Novice Hurdle. The King’s Theatre gelding looked a promising horse when he made a winning debut over timber at Listowel and Harty stated,’ he did it nicely and he is a very nice prospect, but ideally I would have preferred to have taken on his own age group, but there weren’t too many options for him so all being well, he’ll run on Sunday.’ ‘The form of the race he won hasn’t worked out too well and I hope people aren’t getting too carried away with him, but he jumped well and he did everything right at Listowel. This represents a big step up for him and we’ll see how he gets on at the weekend.’ Harty is also responsible for the ageless Captain Cee Bee who is one of eleven entries for The Grade 2 Download Our App Lismullen Hurdle. The Mouse Morris trained Rule The World who was impressive when he won on his comeback start at Naas a couple of weeks ago may also run on Sunday. Liam Glynn, PR Executive at Boylesports said “The Fortria Chase has been won by champions such as Moscow Flyer and Big Zeb in the past and Boylepsorts are delighted to be sponsors of the prestigious race.” He added “All eyes will be on Flemenstar as he makes his seasonal reappearance in what is set to be a top class days racing that also features the Grade 3 For Auction Novice Hurdle and The Grade 2 Lismullen Hurdle.” Boylesports Fortria Chase Flemenstar 8/11 Arvika Ligeonniere 4/1 Sanctuaire 6/1 Days Hotel 10/1 Toner D'oudairies 10/1 Realt Dubh 16/1 Realt Mor 16/1 Dedigout 20/1 Lucky William 20/1 Rubert 100/1 EW 1/4 1, 2 Darren Lawlor, General Manager said, ‘We are all extremely excited in anticipation to a fascinating renewal of the Fortria chase. A tremendous support card with two further graded races adds to what promises to be one of those 'must be there' race days’. The current going is yielding to soft and soft in places.   Forecast is unsettled with scattered showers forecast tomorrow Wednesday.


Monday, 1 January 1

  Sunday November 10th 2013 Baily Green and Rubi Light who were second and third respectively behind Sizing Europe at Gowran Park on Saturday could clash again in the Grade 2 Fortria Chase which will run at Navan on the 10th of November. Speaking on Saturday Mouse Morris who trains Baily Green said ’I was delighted with the way he ran and we’ll see how he comes out of Gowran. I thought he’d run well and he will come on for the run, but a lot will depend on how he is and what the ground is like, but he will get an entry and we will work towards it.’ Robbie Hennessy was more than happy with Rubi Light at Gowran and he said,’ He was just never right last season, but I was thrilled with him on Saturday and he may have finished a bit closer to the winner had the ground been softer. There is a nice bit of time between Gowran and the Fortria and that could well be his next race.’ It has also been suggested that Flemenstar could have his first run for Tony Martin in the Fortria Chase. The eight year old made all when he beat Big Zeb in last season’s renewal. The Fortria is one of three Graded races that Boylesports will sponsor at Navan and Alan Reilly Head of Racing and PR said “Boylesports are absolutely delighted to be associated with our neighbours at Navan on what is always an excellent day of racing and which sets the standard for the opening of the NH season proper.” He added “Boylesports remain committed to supporting Irish racing and are proud to add Navan to our sponsorship portfolio.” Darren Lawlor, Racecourse Manager commented “We are delighted to have attracted such an exciting sponsor for this great day of national hunt racing. It is a clear reflection of the quality that this race attracts, with such recent winners as Flemenstar and Big Zeb gracing this day in past runnings.” He added “This year promises to be another great renewal and we would hope that we may even see some oversees raiders for the attractive prize funds on offer.”

Navan Golf & Racecourse takes part in new TV programme called 'The Takeover'

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

  Thursday 21st March, 9.30pm, RTÉ TWO What would happen if the boss of your company was sent away? And if the rank and file workers were left to run the business, any way they choose? The Takeover is RTÉ’s

What The Trainers Say - Sunday 13th January

Friday, 11 January 2013

  Arthur Moore Fever Pitch – Foxrock Handicap Chase He has been very consistent and initially we felt that he wanted good ground, but he has been running well on soft ground. He got a very good ride from David

What the Trainers Are Saying about Sunday 11th November

Friday, 9 November 2012

  Flemenstar Fortria Chase He seems to be in great form, but he will come on a lot for the run. He was away during the week and that went fine and he has schooled well. He won’t mind

Flemenstar to Start Season in the Grade 2 Fortria Chase at Navan Racecourse

Monday, 22 October 2012

The Peter Casey trained Flemenstar is likely to kick start his campaign in the Grade 2 Fortria Chase at Navan on Sunday 11th of November.  The seven year old is reported to be in great form by connections and Francis

Action Packed Card for Sunday

Monday, 1 January 1

Navan hosts an action packed card for Sunday's meeting.   The GrC Foxrock Handicap Steeplechase has an entry field of 12, with Jack The Bus (winner of the 2010 Troytown Handicap Chase), Silent Creek and Wicklow Lad in early entries.   There is over

Strong Entries for the Grade 1 Navan Novice Hurdle This Sunday(2)

Monday, 1 January 1

Navan stages an attractive card on Sunday (Sunday 18th December 2011) and it is a case of quality over quantity in the featured Grade 1 €70,000 Navan Novice Hurdle.   Mount Benbulben, who displayed a very willing attitude when he accounted

Strong Entries for the Grade 1 Navan Novice Hurdle This Sunday

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Navan stages an attractive card on Sunday (Sunday 18th December 2011) and it is a case of quality over quantity in the featured Grade 1 €70,000 Navan Novice Hurdle.

Groody Hill wins the Troytown Chase

Monday, 28 November 2011

GROODY HILL won the feature Troytown Chase at Navan on Sunday 27th November for Christy Roche and Alan Crowe at odds of 10-1. Running in the familiar colours of JP McManus, Groody Hill collared Ad Item close home to win by half a length.  Earlier on the card, Mount Benbulben won the Grade 2 Irish Form Book Monksfield Novice Hurdle. Sent off at 5-2, Mount Benbulben stayed on strongly under Davy Condon to beat the front-running Rebel Fitz by one and a half lengths. Mount Benbulben is owned by Barry Connell. 

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