Cape Blanco, now in his third year of racing, has had 10 runs to date, in races which have taken place in Ireland, England, France and Dubai. To reach the racecourse he's traveled 12,000 miles, yet on the track itself has raced just 12 miles in total. Truly a 1,000 to 1 runner.
For his next race, the Man o'War Stakes, Cape Blanco will be adding up a further 6,000 miles on his passport, as he travels halfway towards the Pacific Ocean cape in the American state of Oregon with which he shares a name. For his first race in the States, at New York's Belmont Park course, he'll be up against stiff competition from Gio Ponti, who will be aiming for a third successive win in the Man o'War.
Although Cape Blanco's sixth placed finish over the mile of Royal Ascot's Queen Anne Stakes might look a little discouraging, jockey Jamie Spencer doesn't see it that way. "Obviously the trip will suit him, it's a mile and three (furlongs) and it's a good spot for him" Spencer told At The Races. "It's probably Gio Ponti's ideal trip as well, but our fellow is a high class horse and if he can find his real form I think he'll be hard to beat."
Never mind the miles he's traveled, Spencer and trainer Aidan O'Brien will think them all worthwhile if Cape Blanco comes home just a nose ahead of his rivals on Saturday night.