Heartache showed plenty of heart to get the better of Havana Grey in a classy renewal of the Wainwrights Flying Childers Stakes.
Karl Burke’s Havana Grey flew out of the gates and coming into the final furlongs looked as if he would be hard to pass with Heartache under pressure on the far side under Ryan Moore.
But the filly kept finding more for Moore, and as she and Havana Grey drew clear of the field, it was Clive Cox’s filly that had the upper hand as they crossed the line.
Heartache (6-4) scored by half a length from Havana Grey (EvensF) with a further four and a half lengths back to May Girl (10-1) in third.
Cox said: “She’s had a nice time since she ran in the Prix Robert Papin, she didn’t come back 100 per cent from there and we’ve had the chance to get her in tip-top order.
“She’s grown and developed over that time too and that was a really pleasing performance. Karl’s horse (Havana Grey) is a special horse in his own right and we were clear of the third so I’m really thrilled with her.
“She’s going the right way and has got a lovely temperament. She’s very quick; I think she could get six furlongs. We haven’t got anything to lose giving it a go but in the meantime she’s very effective over five.
“I think with the way she’s developed and grown she’s an awfully nice filly to look forward to for next year as well.
“She could be a Commonwealth Cup filly for next year if she gets six. She’s just a joy to deal with. It’s great for The Hot to Trot Syndicate too, they’re great to deal with and full of enthusiasm and it is great fun to have a winner for them especially at this level.
“The Cheveley Park would be the only possibility for the rest of the season, so we’ll see how she comes back from here.
“Ryan was really pleased with her and the only reason Adam (Kirby) wasn’t on her today was because he can’t do the weight. Ryan was a more than able deputy, and I’m delighted to have him.”