Irish raider Heartbreak City wins the Ebor at York
Tony Martin heaped praise on Adam McNamara as the young apprentice guided Heartbreak City to an emphatic victory in the Betfred Ebor at York.
The 5lb claimer oozed confidence on the Irish raider before letting him loose inside the final two furlongs.
Storming past Seamour, the 15-2 shot – who is owned by an enthusiastic syndicate of New York-based Irishmen – was soon in command and went on 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.
Heartbreak City, ridden by Adam McNamara, is an easy winner of the Betfred Ebor at York from Shrewd and Quick Jack. https://t.co/WplG5irq5G
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So long respected by punters in big handicaps, but winning this historic contest for the first time, 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 was screaming at him to hold on to him, but he must have the patience of Lester Piggott to do that at his age."
He went on: "The owners wanted him to ride in Chester (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.
"We have to give a lot of credit to Richard Fahey, I owe him a big one.
"Poor Quick Jack was slow coming out of the stalls, so credit to Oisin (Orr). He gave him a lovely ride."
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.
"We began thinking of this race last August after he'd won here but we've had a few difficulties since then.
"He ran at Chester but things didn't go his way, but the jockey was excellent today.
"You don't expect to win races like this, so when it comes off it's great for the owners."