CRAIG Martin will chase more home success when he starts two runners at Tuesday’s Tamworth Jockey Club non-TAB meeting.
The Tamworth-based trainer is hoping Lookin’ Alive and Slyvia can continue his training success on Tuesday at Tamworth.
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 sixth places at Armidale and will jump from barrier four on Tuesday with apprentice Grace Willoughby claiming two kilograms from her 57kg.
“She is going good too,” Martin 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 will also claim 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 TJC’s five-race meeting.
Lookin’ Alive is a six-year-old gelding son of Lookin At Lucky.
He’s had seven starts and won at Tamworth in June.
He then had a nine-week break and has had four runs back.
He finished second at Scone, fourth and a fifth at Tamworth and then had a last-start fourth at Armidale.
“He won on a soft track here,” Martin said of the lightly raced gelding.
“He’s been going all right too but just had a few joint issues.”
Martin almost had a win at Rosehill with Mapmaker (now trained by his brother Tim) on Saturday, and won the final race at Tamworth’s last meeting with a promising gelding called Carillon.
The four-year-old son of Bernardini won a 1400m Class 1 at the 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.
Carillon could also be a Country Championships contender next year.
“He does jump in class (3) but he’s going good.”
Carillon blitzed his opposition to win the $22,000 Easters Sand Soil & Gravel Class 1 Handicap (1400m) at Tamworth on Monday last week.
He burst down the middle of the track to beat Timion and favourite Winter Sonata.
It was his second career win.
Ben Looker rode Carillon at Tamworth and also when he won his maiden at Armidale.
He said the horse won “like he still he had a lot left at Armidale and still did a few things wrong today [in winning at Tamworth] but he’s got a motor”.
Martin was delighted with the horse’s win at Armidale.
He went into the Tamworth race confident the horse would race well.
Tuesday’s Tamworth meeting starts with the $6000 Peel Valley Tyres Class 2 Handicap, a 1900m staying test jumping at 1.25pm.