As Irish horse Heartbreak City strode up to Godolphin’s Hartnell at the 300-metre mark, Joao Moreira thought he had the Melbourne Cup in his keeping.
The ‘Magic Man’ knew that Heartbreak City had the measure of Hartnell, but just as quickly Almandin, the horse Lloyd Williams purchased more than two years ago from Germany, surged into contention.
Ecstasy turned to agony in a matter of seconds.
Heartbreak City rallied under the persuasion from Moreira, but the Hong Kong-based superstar knew he was fighting a losing battle.
The Tony Martin-trained horse refused to shirk the challenge when it was issued by Almandin, who had ...