Tony Martin, the trainer of Heartbreak City, has some personal reasons why he wants a Melbourne Cup victory. He does not want this for himself but wants it to be in memory of his great friend George Swan.
Swan is the former owner of Heartbreak City who died of cancer last year in November. His death came just three months of being diagnosed with the disease. Martin said in a statement:
“I’d really love him to win for the man above,”
“The man was only 50 years of age when he died of cancer.
“I think he’ll be looking down – whatever he does on Tuesday, I think he’ll be rooting for him.”
Martin originally sourced Heartbreak City from France when the Irish Raider was just three years old. Since the passing of his friend, three of Swan’s best friends got the money together to buy the gelding. Martin added:
“It was very easy when George passed away to get the boys talking to the family to try to do something.”
Heartbreak City Starts From Barrier 23
The plan to chase the Melbourne Cup only came about back in August after winning the Ebor handicap in York. Martin stated that it was this performance that showed them that the gelding was ready for the big one. he said:
“As soon as he won at York that day he showed us he’s an exceptional horse,”.
“When he went to York and did what he did in York there was only one place we started thinking about.”.
Starting from barrier 23 is obviously not ideal but Martin is not too fazed by it. He feels that it is going to be the last mile in the race that will prove to be the most important aspect. When quizzed on who he feels is the horse to beat this year, he was quick to answer that whoever can beat Wicklow Brave is going to be the winner.