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Thursday 14 December 2017

McNamara delivers Heartbreak joy

Adam McNamara celebrates his Ebor victory Photo: PA
Adam McNamara celebrates his Ebor victory Photo: PA Newsdesk Newsdesk

Heartbreak City gave apprentice Adam McNamara the biggest success of his young career with a resounding triumph in the Betfred Ebor at York.

The 5lb claimer oozed confidence on the Tony Martin-trained Irish raider before letting him loose in the final two furlongs.

Storming past Seamour, Heartbreak City (15/2) was soon in command and went on to score by four lengths.

Shrewd (12/1) stayed on well for second place with Martin's other runner Quick Jack (10/1) a head away in third. Battersea (16/1) was fourth.

Martin said: "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. I spoke to Richard Fahey [McNamara's boss] and he was so good. We have to give a lot of credit to Richard Fahey.

"Poor Quick Jack was slow coming out of the stalls, so credit to Oisin [Orr]. He gave him a lovely ride."

A jubilant McNamara said: "When I turned in I was tracking Seamour and when I got to the two-furlong pole I knew I was going to win. 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.

"If I could tell you one race I wanted to win, this is it.

"After coming here with my family for the last three years. I was with Johnny Murtagh when Mutual Regard won it - it means so much to me, I can't explain it."

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.

"You don't expect to win races like this, so when it comes off it's great for the owners."

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