Paco Boy Ready to Challenge Goldikova Again

This season has seen the Richard Hannon trained Paco Boy challenge rival Goldikova on three occasions, each ending in defeat.

Richard Hannon

Richar Hannon

The Breeders' Cup Mile, to be held at Churchill Downs on Saturday night will be attempt number four to best the star mare, with the trainer hoping that this time the outcome will be different.

The draw of 10 that Goldikova has been handed has given him some relief ahead of the prestigious event, with Hannon Jr commenting, "We've had three tries this year and haven't managed it. I don't like to make excuses but she's (Goldikova) not drawn very well this time which is to our advantage. I wouldn't wish it on her but it's happened and I think Paco Boy will like the track. If they go very quick it will suit him.

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Jockey Ryan Moore will stand in for the originally booked Richard Hughes, who stayed in the UK to chasing the jockeys' title, aboard Paco Boy for the event, the trainer's son said, "Ryan loves the horse, he goes very well on him, it's a shame Hughesie can't make it but at the moment he's decided to concentrate on the championship back home."

"Ryan thinks he's in very good form and we certainly won't give Goldikova as much air space as we did at Longchamp last time."

Hannon Jr continued, "He cantered this morning seven furlongs and is fine, he's in good nick. He was on the dirt and will probably have a go on the grass tomorrow. He looks great and has hung onto his coat very well. He had a few easy days when he arrived and is in good form."

He added, "I do think it's between the two of them, they've probably got it between them and while you have to respect the other horses it's probably seen as a match between them. They have so much history in Europe but we still have hope. The ground was too soft at Deauville, we gave her too much rope at Ascot and then went to Paris where we were drawn badly and came from a different county to be just touched off.

"The formbook says Paco Boy probably won't win but it's his last run for us, he has a heart as big as a lion and I hope, and expect, he'll run well. We have a better draw than Goldikova and we won't be letting her out of our sights."

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