Heartache in Queen Mary

Heartache produced a masterclass of raw speed to win the Queen Mary Stakes. Clive Cox’s young filly ripped past the always-prominent Happy Like A Fool inside the final 150 yards to score at odds of 5-1 under Adam Kirby.

American trainer Wesley Ward won the race in 2016 with Lady Aurelia, but this time had to be content with second place with 10-11 favourite Happy Like A Fool.

The runner-up did well to keep going, but she lacked the mesmerising zip of last season’s winner and was two and a half lengths adrift at the line. Out Of The Flames finished third for the Richard Hannon team.

Kirby said: “She’s good isn’t she? She has loads of class – when she won first time out I knew she had loads of class but she’s come on again from there.

“I’m delighted for Clive as he’s a great trainer and doesn’t get enough credit.

“There was no plan, Clive just said to go where I was happy but I was pleased to get in behind one.

“She’s got a big future, she’s very special.”


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