Heartache given Goodwood aim

A return to the minimum distance is on the cards

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Connections of dual Group Two winner Heartache are hoping she can rediscover her best form when dropping back in trip for the King George Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

The Clive Cox-trained three-year-old will revert back to five furlongs for the first time this season when taking on her elders in the Group Two prize on August 3.

After turning in a below-par effort on her return in the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock, the daughter of Kyllachy put in a much better display despite failing to see out the six-furlong trip in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

Sam Hoskins, racing manager to owners The Hot To Trot Syndicate, said: “That was great and much better from her.

“Adam (Kirby) said he got to the furlong pole and he thought he had the measure of the winner (Eqtidaar) and that she didn’t get home.

“At Haydock you couldn’t say she didn’t stay as she was beaten too far out.

“Clive had made noises before Haydock that she was possibly a piece of work light.

“After Haydock a few people had written her off and said that she hadn’t trained on, but Clive’s faith has never diminished in her.

“She will step back to five furlongs now. We have put her in the King George at Goodwood and the Nunthorpe, as well as the Flying Five at the Curragh.

“The plan is to go to Goodwood next for the King George which means she can have a little break in between.

“We were really pleased with Ascot as it shows she has trained on and is still an exciting filly.”

Heartache given Goodwood aim
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