CRAIG Martin chases more home success when he starts two runners at tomorrow’s Tamworth Jockey Club non-TAB meeting.
The Tamworth-based trainer, who almost had a win at Rosehill with Mapmaker (now trained by his brother Tim Martin) on Saturday, won the last race at Tamworth’s latest meeting with a promising gelding called Carillon.
The four-year-old gelding son of Bernardini won a 1400m Class 1 at Tamworth, the final race of their Monday, October 29 meeting and is now entered for a Class 3 Highway Handicap over 1400m at Rosehill this Saturday.
“We might as well go to Sydney and give him a crack at a Highway,” he said of a horse who could also be a Country Championships contender next year.
“He does jump in class (3) but he’s going good.”
While he has plenty of wraps for Carillon he is hoping Lookin’ Alive and Sylvia can continue his training success tomorrow.
Slyvia is his first starter on the Melbourne Cup day, contesting the $6000 Rapid Clean Maiden Plate (1000m). The four-year-old mare is a daughter of Eavesdropper and out of the good mare Dido, which was owned and raced by Walcha owner Jill Nivison.
Slyvia has had two starts for two sixths at Armidale and jumps from barrier four with apprentice Grace Willoughby claiming two kilograms from her 57kg.
“She is going good too,” he said.
“Her mum (Dido) won four from four for Jill and I but Slyvia is a bit gross yet. she’s going pretty well though.”
Grace Willoughby also claims 2kgs off Lookin’ Alive’s 58.5kg impost when they jump from barrier five in the $6000 Dutton Electrical Class 1 Handicap (1000m) to wrap up the Tamworth Jockey Club’s five-race non-TAB meeting.
Lookin’ Alive is a six-year-old gelding son of Lookin At Lucky. He’s had seven starts for a win at Tamworth back in June. He then had a nine week break and had four runs back since for a second at Scone, fourth and fifth at Tamworth and then a last start fourth at Armidale.
“He won on a soft track here,” Craig Martin said of the lightly raced gelding.
“He’s been going all right too but just had a few joint issues.”
However Carillon could be a horse to follow after he blitzed his opposition to win last Monday’s $22,000 Easters Sand Soil & Gravel Class 1 Handicap (1400m) at Tamworth.
The Craig Martin-trained gelding, a four-year-old son of Bernardini, burst down the middle of the track to beat Timion and favourite Winter Sonata and notch a second career win.
Ben Looker rode Carillon when he’d won his maiden at Armidale as well and said the gelding won “like he still he had a lot left at Armidale and still did a few things wrong today but he’s got a motor”.
Craig Martin was “wrapt” with his win at Armidale and went into the Tamworth race confident he’d race well.
“It was a really good win,” he said of the Armidale success.
“I was pretty confident today, very confident,” he said after the Tamworth win.
“I thought he was a class above these. He’s a horse on the way up.”
That could mean a Highway Handicap to start with then a tilt at a Country Championship.
Meanwhile, tomorrow’s Tamworth meeting starts with the $6000 Peel Valley Tyres Class 2 Handicap, a 1900m staying test jumping at 1.25pm.