Fencing Master relative lifts Ebor Handicap

Hemel ‘n Aarde Stud’s new sire Fencing Master received another boost to his impressive female line when Heartbreak City landed Saturday’s Betfred Ebor Handicap at York.

Heartbreak City

Heartbreak City

Heartbreak City (by Lando) is out of a granddaughter of G1 Prix Saint Alary winner Moonlight Dance –herself the dam of G1 2yo and Cape sire Fencing Master as well as G1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) runner up Millionaia.

Saturday’s Ebor Handicap winner made history when he became the first horse since the mighty and remarkable Sea Pigeon to land the Ebor Handicap with more than 9st 4lb on his back.
Trained by Tony Martin, and ridden by promising apprentice Adam McNamara, Heartbreak City turned the 2016 Ebor into a one horse race and romped home to win by four lengths.

His trainer (who also saddled Ebor third Quick Jack), said after Heartbreak City’s impressive victory, “I thought the young lad rode a race of sheer brilliance. He sat and he waited and then he went. It was Aidan [Shiels, co-owner] who was shouting about this lad all along. We had him in mind for a long time but we didn’t say anything as we thought Richard [Fahey] would want him.

“Richard’s been brilliant to me and a lot of credit has to go to him for letting me use this lad. I owe him one. These owners have been with me since the very start and I couldn’t be happier for them.”

I thought the young lad rode a race of sheer brilliance. He sat and he waited and then he went. It was Aidan [Shiels, co-owner] who was shouting about this lad all along. We had him in mind for a long time but we didn’t say anything as we thought Richard [Fahey] would want him.

“Richard’s been brilliant to me and a lot of credit has to go to him for letting me use this lad. I owe him one. These owners have been with me since the very start and I couldn’t be happier for them.”

Fencing Master

Fencing Master

The Ebor Handicap, one of Britain’s oldest and most prestigious handicaps, was first run in 1843. Its has been won by such top class performers as subsequent the great mare Gladness, G1 Japan Cup hero Jupiter Island, G1 Caulfield Cup hero All The Good,  and the wonderful gelding Brown Jack.

Fencing Master (by Oratorio), who was a close second in the 2009 G1 Dewhurst Stakes, will stand his first season in the Cape at a fee of R10 000.

A bonus will be paid payable to the owner/trainer/breeder (50/25/25) for the best three 2YO’s, with Black Type ranked by NHRA Stakes won.

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