Martin on the march with a treble hand to play in Saturday’s Cesarewitch
Trainer hoping to improve Irish record in the Newmarket race
Tony Martin has a busy weekend ahead with runners at Newmarket today as well as three of the four weekend fixtures at home. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO
Just three Irish-trained horses have ever won the English Cesarewitch in its 175-year history. Tony Martin throws a trio at today’s marathon renewal in Newmarket as he bids to emulate Leg Spinner’s 2007 success.
Ryan Moore is on Quick Jack – third in the race last year – but Fran Berry’s mount Heartbreak City is another Martin hope with a big chance in a race that also includes Willie Mullins’s Renneti and Gordon Elliott’s Bayan.
“Heartbreak City is a horse that showed us what he can do at York, and fingers crossed he’ll give a good account,” Martin said.
“Quick Jack was disappointing the last day in the Ebor. But every horse is allowed a middling run.”
Martin also has runners at three of the four weekend fixtures at home, including another trio in the Curragh Cesarewitch, although the exception is Limerick’s valuable €100,000 Ladbrokes Munster National card on Sunday.
Ground conditions are likely to be significantly different this time and that could leave the former Cheltenham winner Spring Heeled in with a decent each-way shout of securing another big pot.
Jim Culloty’s charge has dropped in the ratings but didn’t have much luck in the Galway Plate, wouldn’t have liked the ground on his previous start at Listowel, and has always needed a decent surface to show his best.
Long Dog has looked a hugely exciting prospect over jumps to date and should maintain that positive impression in Limerick’s Grade 3 novice hurdle, while Bally Longford can eclipse Devil’s Bride in the conditions chase.