Heartbreak City to contest Melbourne Cup

Heartbreak City (Adam McNamara) wins the Ebor

Heartbreak City (Adam McNamara) wins the Ebor

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

 By Tony McFadden 2:31PM 28 SEP 2016 

HEARTBREAK CITY, whose victory in the Ebor prompted such joyous celebrations in the York winners’ enclosure, has been partially sold to Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock and will run in the Melbourne Cup.

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The six-year-old will remain in the care of Tony Martin and will be tasked with providing his new part-owners with a first Melbourne Cup win following near misses with Dandino and Jakkalberry.

“He ticked all the boxes we look for in a horse and we are confident that he will run extremely well for us,” said Darren Dance, Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock’s managing director.

“Tony did such a good job of preparing the horse for the Ebor that we didn’t hesitate in forming a new syndicate with the pre-existing ownership base and leaving Tony at the helm.”

Martin added on Wednesday: “Heartbreak City goes into quarantine tomorrow with a view to going to Australia for the Melbourne Cup. His owners got involved with Australians who have bought into the horse and the plan is that he will come back to me after he runs at Flemington.”

Cesarewitch update

Due to quarantine regulations, Heartbreak City, who is a general 25-1 chance to win the Melbourne Cup, will not be able to take up an engagement in the Cesarewitch, for which he heads the weights after the latest scratchings stage.

Heartbreak City’s absence from the Cesarewitch is a small bit of good news for backers of 6-1 ante-post favourite St Michel, who will need plenty of defectors if he is to make the cut for the valuable handicap, which has a safety limit of 34.

The progressive St Michel, who is 15lb well-in following an improved effort in the Doncaster Cup after the weights had been released, is currently 64th on the list.

Second favourite Starchitect, a 10-1 chance, is 52nd on the list, while Sweet Selection, who is 17lb well-in, is 57th.

Of those guaranteed to get a run, Heartbreak City’s stablemate Quick Jack is the shortest price at 14-1.

 
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