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Friday, 18 January, 2019

Meyler hopes City will provide him further big-race glory

Donagh Meyler: posing with the Galway Plate and could be celebrating again if Heartbreak City justifies favouritism at Leopardstown
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Donagh Meyler still claims 3lb but is a young man in demand. The 21-year-old has won the Galway Plate and Munster National already this season and is booked to ride the hot favourite in Sunday's Handicap Hurdle.

The well-supported jolly in question, Heartbreak City, was no bigger than 5-2 on Wednesday night and the Melbourne Cup runner-up schooled "perfectly" at the Curragh last week according to his big-race rider. Handicap Hurdle card

"It's a dream come true to be getting big rides like this," Meyler said. "Tony [Martin, trainer] rang me on Tuesday to tell me the news and I couldn't believe it.

"Fair play to the owners for leaving me on him. They are mighty racing men. This last year has been a whirlwind and winning the Galway Plate helped increase my profile.

"I schooled Heartbreak City at the Curragh last week and I couldn't knock him. He was perfect. He must have jumped 11 or 12 hurdles and I couldn't have been happier. It's obviously a different story when you have 20 or 30 horses around you, though." 

Meyler added: "He impressed me at Galway. We went very slow and the whole field was in a bunch coming down to the last, but for him to get away from the hurdle so quick and end up winning cosily made me think he was very good.

"I'd have got some slagging had he been beaten there, seeing as he went on to win the Ebor and almost win the Melbourne Cup! He's a very good horse and if luck is on our side and the gaps open he should be bang there at the last."

I schooled Heartbreak City at the Curragh last week and I couldn't knock him. He was perfect
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