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Martin planning next Cup quest after Heartbreak

By Nick Robson

Hearthbreak City went so close to emulating Down Royal hero Media Puzzle in yesterday's Melbourne Cup. Media Puzzle - winner of the Ulster Derby at Down Royal in 2000 - triumphed in the Mebourne Cup in 2002 and Heartbreak City almost provided another Irish success Down Under.

Tony Martin is already plotting a return to Australia next year after Heartbreak City was agonisingly denied by Almandin.

The County Meath handler was proud in defeat after the six-year-old gelding, winner of the Ebor at York in the summer, came so close in the £2.25m race at Flemington in front of a crowd of over 100,000.

But Martin now wants to attempt to go one place better in 2017 with a horse who did brilliantly well to even get in contention from a wide draw in stall 23.

He said: "The emotions were very high.

"I gave him all the pushing and shoving I could from the stands, but, unfortunately, it wasn't enough.

"Everything went to plan, it's just a pity we didn't have somebody to tow us into the straight a little bit further.

"Other than that, everything went well - I couldn't be happier.

"If we have to lock him up until next year, he's coming back here next year, all being well."

Godolphin runner Secret Number, trained in Newmarket by Saeed bin Suroor, and Excess Knowledge jousted for the lead for a long way in what was a truly-run renewal of the two-mile affair.

The latter still held a slight advantage two furlongs from home, but Heartbreak City was soon on top of that rival and darted into the lead from off the pace.

A cut-and-thrust finale ensued, but Almandin found that little bit extra to provide both jockey Kerrin McEvoy and trainer Robert Hickmott with a second Melbourne Cup success and joint-owner Lloyd Williams a remarakble fifth victory in the race.

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