Tom Martin Wins The Last

Tom Martin Wins Last

Bruce Stewart

7th August 2020

Canterbury horseman Paul Court made his last trip south for a while yesterday and was rewarded when Tom Martin trained by his father, won.

“I picked him out at the sales. He’s owned by a syndicate who’ve had a bit of fun with him which is good,” Paul said.

The Mach Three entire was taken straight to the front by driver Blair Orange and he won easily by two and quarter lengths from Rocknroll King.

“He’s a big bugger and time is going to be his friend. He’s a big staying type.”

Tom Martin winning for Blair Orange – Photo Bruce Stewart

Court leaves Canterbury next week and heads to Canada with his wife Chantelle and their children and he’s looking forward to the change.

“Very much so. Can’t wait. It’s a shame to say goodbye to all my mates but I’ll be back at some stage for a holiday.”

Court has been training in his own right from 2008 until last season and geared up 141 winners of which Orange drove 104.

“The highlight of my career was training (with his father Graham) Terror To Love and getting to work with this man here. (Referring to Blair Orange). He’s a good mate so it’s good getting successes with Styx.”

Court’s best winner was Hail Christian but he trained other good horses in Cast No Shadow, Mongolian Hero, Malik, Stun Gun, Stick Man, Mongolian Cavalry and RR Sand Dollar.

Paul trained with his father between 2009 and 2015 winning 98 races including the 2011, 2012 and 2013 New Zealand Cup with Terror To Love.

Tom Martin was bred by Julie Davie, Peter Cummings and the late Father Dan Cummings of Tuapeka Lodge and is out of the Life Sign mare Raindowne.

Raindowne was bought by John and Judy Stiven of Arden Lodge in 2016 and they’ve bred a Bettor Delight filly out of the mare which has just turned three, a Captaintreacherous filly which is two and they have a yearling colt by the same sire.