Tony Martin gained another big handicap victory as Heartbreak City led home a one-three for the Irish trainer in the Betfred Ebor Handicap at York this afternoon.
One of the year’s most valuable and competitive handicaps got underway with a field of twenty.
At the break The Twisler was away well but it was Havana Bet, who sneaked in as first reserve and ran here on Wednesday, who went into the lead from Oriental Fox.
Settling down, Havana Beat held a two length advantage over Seamour and Oriental Fox, with Seismos prominent to the outside and Elidor tucked in behind the leaders.
At the half way point, Havana Beat had extended the lead to about six lengths over Seamour and Oriental Fox and the six year old turned into the home straight with a long lead.
Racing past the three furlong pole Havana Beat came back to the field quickly and Seamour and Oriental Fox went on with She Is No Lady challenging.
Oriental Fox quickly faded and just as he had in the Northumberland Stakes, Seamour made his bid for glory early.
However, Heartbreak City travelled strongly in behind and was given the office by Adam McNamara inside the two furlong marker, with the five pound claimer unable to hold on any longer.
The six year old stormed into the lead and quickly took a couple of lengths out of the beaten Seamour, while in behind, Quick Jack gave chase and Shrewd and Battersea stayed on.
However, the bird had flown and Heartbreak City was well clear, winning by around three lengths from Shrewd and Quick Jack, with Battersea just depriving Seamour of fourth place.
Heartbreak City was returning to the scene of another triumph last summer, when he landed another staying handicap at the Ebor Festival. This time around he took the main prize itself.
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.”
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.”