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Wednesday 22 February 2017

Martin gives Bookies more heartbreak as his 'city' takes Ebor spoils

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Published 22/08/2016 | 02:30

Jockey Adam McNamara celebrates after guiding Tony Martin’s Heartbreak City to victory in Saturday’s Ebor. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Jockey Adam McNamara celebrates after guiding Tony Martin’s Heartbreak City to victory in Saturday’s Ebor. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Tony Martin proved once again that he is the man for the big handicap occasions as Heartbreak City gave the Co Meath handler a first victory in the Betfred Ebor at York on Saturday.

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It was a red-letter day, too, for young rider Adam McNamara, who stayed ice-cool to guide the strong-travelling 15/2 winner to a fourth-length triumph from Shrewd. Martin's other runner, Quick Jack, was third.

"He travelled there brilliantly, I was scared to look around - I was looking up at the big screen but they weren't showing the race so I panicked a little bit then. When I crossed the line it was such a relief," said Martin.

A jubilant trainer added: "The young man on him was sheer brilliance. Two down, Lester Piggott wouldn't have been as good. It was a brilliant performance by the lad.

"The owners wanted him to ride in the Chester Cup, so it's been a long time in planning, but I never confirmed it until I spoke to Richard Fahey (McNamara's boss) and he was so good."

Assessing future plans for his pair, Martin said: "Both ran in the Cesarewitch last year, so that's an option, and they'll both mix hurdling, races like the Greatwood."

Charlie Appleby's star juvenile Blue Point (11/8 favourite) will head next to the Middle Park Stakes after turning the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes into a procession under William Buick who said: "He's one of the best two-year-olds I've ridden."

Elsewhere, Katie Walsh failed in her quest to emulate her brother Ruby as I'll'ava'alf was brought down in the Australian Grand National.

Ruby Walsh won the feature aboard Bashboy in 2015 but Katie's attempt to land the extended two-mile-six-furlong event came to an end when her mount was brought down by at the last fence. Wells, a previous winner of the race in 2014, eventually scored by ten lengths.

Over in Deauville, Lady Aurelia just lasted out the six furlongs as she retained her unbeaten record in the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville.

Wesley Ward's flying machine showed blistering speed from the start and was soon in command under Frankie Dettori. She had left a big impression with her Queen Mary Stakes victory at Royal Ascot over five furlongs and her class saw her through the extra furlong as the 2/7 favourite triumphed over the colts to claim Group One spoils. The Freddy Head-trained Alrahma was second, with Aidan O'Brien's Peace Envoy staying on well in third.

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