Friday 20 October 2017

Heartbreak City gets Melbourne ticket

Heartbreak City is being prepared for the Melbourne Cup. Picture: PA
Heartbreak City is being prepared for the Melbourne Cup. Picture: PA

Thomas Kelly

Heartbreak City is to be prepared for the Melbourne Cup after Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock bought into the Ebor winner.

Original owners, Here For The Craic Partnership, have retained an interest in the six-year-old which will be trained for the 'race that stops a nation' by his current handler Tony Martin.

Heartbreak City was allotted 8st 5lb for the showpiece on November 1, when the new part-owners will hope to win the showpiece event for the first time after near-misses with Jakkalberry (third in 2012) and Dandino (fifth in 2013).

Confirmation that Heartbreak City is heading to Australia means the Lando gelding will not run in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket on Saturday week.

"An Australian group have got involved, I don't know what percentage, but the original men are still very much there," said Co Meath-based Martin. "He was in the Cesarewitch, he was in a lot of things, but the intention is to set him qualified for quarantine and send him for the Melbourne Cup."

Irish Champion Stakes hero Almanzor has been taken out of Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly.

Trainer Jean-Claude Rouget had stated since his victory at Leopardstown that he favoured a crack at Ascot's Qipco Champion Stakes, but he left the star colt in the Arc at Tuesday's first forfeit stage.

Contenders

However, he has been taken out at the second stage, along with The Juliet Rose, leaving a total of 17 contenders ahead of today's declarations, when supplementary entries can be made at a cost of €120,000.

Last season's champion European two-year-old Air Force Blue has been retired and will stand at Coolmore America's Ashford Stud in Kentucky.

Described by Aidan O'Brien as the best juvenile he has ever trained, the son of War Front had an outstanding first season, winning three Group One races, culminating in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.

On the strength of his top-class form as a youngster he was sent off odds-on for the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket but was well beaten and also proved disappointing in his three subsequent starts.

Meanwhile, last year's Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs worked before racing at Kempton ahead of his intended comeback run in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 15.

The four-year-old colt, trained by John Gosden, was partnered by William Buick in the exercise with Robert Tart aboard his stablemate Maverick Mave.

Jack Hobbs tracked Maverick Wave until going past his lead horse in encouraging fashion in the final furlong.

The son of Halling, third in the Champion Stakes last autumn, has been absent since sustaining a pelvic injury on his seasonal return when pulled up in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket in April.

Irish Independent

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