Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 21 January 2018

Martin eyes Cesarewitch glory

Tony Martin is set to unleash both Quick Jack and Heartbreak City on next month's Newmarket Cesarewitch
Tony Martin is set to unleash both Quick Jack and Heartbreak City on next month's Newmarket Cesarewitch

Thomas Kelly

Tony Martin is set to launch a two-pronged attack on next month's Newmarket Cesarewitch with both Quick Jack and Heartbreak City.

The Co Meath handler saddled Leg Spinner to win the prestigious staying handicap in 2007 and has nine entries in this year's renewal, but that squad is likely to be whittled down to two.

Quick Jack was a close third when favourite for the race last October and has this season finished second in the Chester Cup and won the Galway Hurdle, but disappointed on his latest appearance in the Ebor at York. Heartbreak City, on the other hand, was impressive on the Knavesmire.

Martin said: "Heartbreak City has just been hacking away since his York win and the Cesarewitch is the next intended race for him. He is not ground-dependent, but he does go well with some ease underfoot.

"Quick Jack, who was third last year, is my other intended runner. He was disappointing in the Ebor, where the ground was just a bit too quick for him."

Aidan O'Brien's National Stakes hero Air Force Blue heads 13 entries from Ballydoyle in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on October 10.

The son of War Front leapt to favouritism for the English 2,000 Guineas with an emphatic three-length win at the Curragh on Sunday to supplement his success in the Phoenix Stakes.

O'Brien, with three Dewhurst triumphs in the bag, has a very strong team that also includes Royal Ascot winners Washington DC and Waterloo Bridge and the unbeaten Group Three scorer Deauville.

Impressive Champagne Stakes winner Emotionless is Charlie Appleby's sole entry, while John Gosden has seven representatives including the exciting Shalaa, the winner of his last four starts.

David Wachman's Legatissimo spearheads the 18 fillies and mares in contention for the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on October 3.

The hardy three-year-old has struck gold three times at the highest level already this season, winning the English 1,000 Guineas, the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood and the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown last Saturday.

Meanwhile, Epsom Derby disappointment Elm Park regained the winning thread in a conditions race over a mile at Sandown.

Last seen beating only one home in the Derby, Andrew Balding's charge (4/7) made nearly all the running under Andrea Atzeni who rode him out to a comfortable two-length success over the consistent Gabrial.

Irish Independent

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