Ebor Handicap: Apprentice Adam McNamara steers Heartbreak City to victory

Heartbreak City
McNamara only rode his first winner in January, on Summerinthecity at Chelmsford

Jockey Adam McNamara landed his biggest prize to date as he steered Heartbreak City to victory in flat racing's historic Ebor Handicap at York.

The 19-year-old Irish apprentice enjoyed a runaway four-length success on the Tony Martin-trained 15-2 shot on Saturday.

With Heartbreak City in command, Shrewd stayed on well for second place while Martin's other runner Quick Jack was a head away in third.

Battersea, a 16-1 shot, was fourth.


BBC horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght:

"Practically every year there are young jockeys who are the 'finds' of the season. Not all of them, but many continue to thrive once their apprenticeships are completed - names like Oisin Murphy, William Buick, Hayley Turner, Ryan Moore, Paul Hanagan and, way back, Frankie Dettori - and there's every chance Adam McNamara will soon be on that list.

"Based with trainer Richard Fahey, the 19-year-old Irishman looks admirably polished in the saddle, and well-balanced out of it, and though behind in 2016's apprentices' championship this success is sure to be a springboard to more, and it wouldn't take many winners to put him in a challenging position."

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