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Heartbreak City chasing Dubai Gold for Tony Martin

Heartbreak City seeks to add another feather to his globetrotting cap when he lines up for the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan.

Trained by Tony Martin, the versatile seven-year-old shot to prominence when winning the Galway Hurdle in July and raised his stock even higher in claiming the Ebor Handicap on the Flat the following month at York.

Heartbreak City did not run again until he got to within a head of recording a famous triumph in the Melbourne Cup in November, and his one start since came over hurdles at Leopardstown in January.

Martin and his enthusiastic group of owners have again secured the services of Joao Moreira, who rode the horse at Flemington and recently went into the history books when partnering eight winners on a single card at Sha Tin.

Martin said: "We arrived over here on Thursday and the horse seems in good form. He worked (on Friday morning) and we were very happy with him.

"Things have gone well since Leopardstown, so we're just keeping our fingers crossed and hoping for the best.

"Hopefully he'll give a good account of himself."

Aidan O'Brien's Kingfisher found only Trip To Paris too good in the 2015 Gold Cup at Ascot but missed the whole of 2016.

O'Brien's son Donnacha told the Dubai Racing Channel: "He showed how good he was when he was unlucky not to win a Gold Cup two years ago.

"He was a little disappointing in a Melbourne Cup and picked up a little injury, so he's been off for a while.

"But he's got a lot stronger since then and we think he's going to be a good horse this year.

"We think the fast ground in Dubai will really suit him."


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