The Breeders’ Cup – The British and Irish Challenge

O'Brien and Moore

O'Brien and Moore aim for Glory

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With the Breeders' Cup just a few days away, the British and Irish challenge is set to be as strong as ever.

In 2013 four victories were recorded in the headline races of Friday and Saturday. Outstrip won the Juvenile Turf for Charlie Appleby and in doing so denied Aidan O’Brien a third straight win. Charlie Hills was then successful in the Juvenile Fillies Turf with Chriselliam, ridden by Richard Hughes.

On the Saturday, Dank lifted the Filly and Mares Turf for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore, before it was Aidan O’Brien’s turn to get his win, when Magician came home in front in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

The Juvenile events have been fruitful in the past and another full-on assault is again being prepared. Aidan O’Brien looks for War Envoy to continue his recent dominance of the ‘Juvenile Turf’. The horse has plenty of experience having run six times already this season. Ryan Moore takes the ride and should be brimming with confidence after his recent trip to Australia.

Charlie Fellowes must be pinching himself, as he arrives at Santa Anita in his first year as a trainer. His horse Wet Sail was last seen in a listed event at Redcar, but is a son of Henrythenavigator, the same Sire as 2012 winner George Vancouver.

Brian Meehan has Kieren Fallon on-board his Faithfull Creek, whilst Charlie Hills and Hugo Palmer are also represented by Commemorative and Aktabantay respectively. There’s a strong chance the race could pave the way for a great weekend for ‘our boys’.

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The Juvenile Fillies has four entrants from this side of the pond. It’s impossible to ignore Ballydoyle, and they rely on Qualify for this. Ridden with more restrain last time at the Curragh, she finished off her race well. The new tactics appeared to suit, and with Moore in the saddle she’s hard to dismiss.

Osaila runs for Richard Hannon and is ridden by Frankie Dettori. Ten times a winner at the Breeders’ Cup, a flying dismount is guaranteed should Frankie do the business again. David Brown’s War Alert and Jamie Osborne’s Prize Exhibit complete the British entrants.

Dank returns to Santa Anita in an attempt to repeat her 2013 victory in the Filly and Mares Turf. Rarely seen on the track this season, her fitness has to be a concern. However, Sir Michael Stoute is a master at preparing horses for such a race, and that man Ryan Moore is on-board.

Just The Judge could run a huge race, as Charlie Hills looks to add to his win in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. She had a great prep-run, winning a Grade 1 in Canada a fortnight ago. There’s little doubt that she has the talent to go close. Secret Gesture travels over for Ralph Beckett. This consistent filly is sure to find the trip to her liking, and ran her best race of the season on similar ground at York.

Caspar Netscher is the sole GB entrant in the Turf Sprint. He warmed up for this with a win in a Grade 2 in Canada. This is sure to be much tougher, with last year’s Royal Ascot winner No Nay Never the market leader.

Aidan O’Brien has a crack at the Juvenile Dirt with The Great War. This looks a tough ask, but Ryan Moore’s on-board, so we’d be wise to ‘lump on’.

The Breeders’ Cup Turf was won last year by Magician for Aidan O’Brien. He was due to bid for a repeat victory but has had to be withdrawn due to lameness, and will now retire to stud.

Telescope is fancied to go close for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore. Second to Taghrooda in the King George, then third to Australia in the Juddmonte at York, he should love the ground. He has been prepared specifically for this. Brown Panther 'pops in' after his aborted attempt in Canada. Connections felt it was worth a run after travelling all the way across the Atlantic.

Chicquita completes the British-Irish challenge. Frankie Dettori is given the task of steering the filly on a straighter course than proved possible at Ascot recently. She is not without the talent to run a big race should she behave.

The Breeders’ Cup Mile (Turf) could also go the way of the Brits’. Toronado is well fancied to go very close for the Richard Hannon stable. Richard Hughes will ride this son of two-time Breeders’ Cup winner High Chaparral. He’s a class act and is a short-priced favourite. Mustajeeb runs for Dermot Weld and the globetrotting Trade Storm goes for David Simcock.

Finally, a mention for Jamie Osborne’s Toast Of New York. This time last year he was winning at Wolverhampton and on Saturday he runs in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He ran a cracker last time behind America’s big hope and unbeaten Shared Belief. What a story it would be, and what a ‘finale’ for jockey Jamie Spencer.

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