Farmleigh on the up

By Gary Carson

Fri 14th Dec 2012, 19:51
Willie Martin with Niall McCullagh and the jockey's son Stuart
Willie Martin with Niall McCullagh and the jockey's son Stuart
(Healy Racing Photos)
Farmleigh House repeated last month's course and distance victory when taking the six-furlong handicap at Dundalk.

Trainer Willie Martin has his charge in fine form and he posted his fourth victory at the course over this trip.

Only five went to post but it was a competitive affair and Knock Stars took them along.

She had her rivals at work two furlongs out butFarmleigh House hit top gear inside the final furlong to collar the front-runner and was soon in command to record a length-and-a-half success.

The winner had been well backed this morning from 2/1 into even money and was sent off 6/5 favourite on course.

“Niall (McCullagh) jumped off him there and said he was a very good horse – he proved it tonight,” said Martin.

“He did it so easy. He was never under pressure and was just idling.

“He should have won a Listed race in Cork as he was only beaten seven lengths when he had a bad virus.

“Hopefully he can go up to Listed class now and we hope he is of that standard.”

(Additional reporting by Michael Graham)

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