City lights beckon for Heartbreak - but where?
Heartbreak City and his travelling contingent have so far left their marks on the Galway summer festival, York's Ebor meeting and most recently the Melbourne Cup where he finished a close second, and now connections are mulling the next play for the versatile gelding who is under consideration for either the Cheltenham Festival or the Dubai Carnival.
Tony Martin will make a decision about whether or not the son of Lando will be mixing it on the Flat or over hurdles for his next big target after he works the seven-year-old next week.
“I'm going to give him a piece of work him after the weekend and then I will sit down with the lads [Here For The Craic Partnership] before we make a decision,” Martin said.
“He got an invite to go to Dubai, and if we went there, we would end up running him in the two-mile race [Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup].
“One thing I do know is, if we had him in similar gear to what he was in last year, we will definitely go back to Melbourne with him.”
Heartbreak City was entered in a handicap hurdle at Huntingdon last month, where he received a BHA hurdles rating of 125 and Martin, known as the handicap king, has not ruled out exploiting that mark with his latest prince.
Members of the Here For The Craic Syndicate, headed by colourful Boston-based businessman Ray Shiels, nicknamed Red due to his ginger hair, have already lit up Australia and the York Ebor festival on their travels with Heartbreak City due to their effusive celebrations in defeat and victory, and according to their trainer, the fun is not over yet.
“The boys that own him are real National Hunt men and, of course, they would love to have a Cheltenham winner.
“It’s just a bit up in the air with all of the good Flat races to consider now and we will all have a chat about it next week. He has lots of options and we hope he has plenty more big days in him.”
Martin is also hoping the ink is still wet on the Anibale Fly story. The JP McManus-owned gelding was pulled up in the 32 Red Kauto Star Novices’ Chase on St Stephen’s Day, with his trainer blaming the good ground for the lacklustre display.
Martin added: “He was beaten after a mile so you couldn’t say it was the trip. It was definitely the ground and we know he likes to get his toe in. He seems grand afterwards and we live to fight another day.”