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Breeders' Cup 2013: A guide to the Euros

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Magician (Breeders' Cup Turf)

Winner of the GI Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh in May, Magician has never been tried over a distance further than ten furlongs. His last outing came in the St James' Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, where he finished last after a disrupted preperation in the lead up to the race. This will be his first outing over twelve furlongs and comes to the Breeders' Cup fresh. 

 

Cristoforo Colombo (Breeders' Cup Mile)

Fifth in the GI 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, Cristoforo Colombo has experienced a patchwork season which has been hindered by numerous injury setbacks. His most recent outings have come over sprint distances on both synthetic and turf surfaces. Despite his strong late-running performance in the 2,000 Guineas in May, he would have it all to do here against some stronger rivals.

 

Giovanni Boldini (Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf)

Thrice-raced son of War Front. Giovanni Boldini was third in the GI National Stakes over seven furlongs last month despite been keen throughout the majority of the race. An exciting prospect, Giovanni Boldini was a strong winner of a Listed contest at Dundalk on a synthetic surface last time out and he figures to be the main European hope in the Juvenile Turf.

 

Wiltshire Boulevard (Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf)

An intriguing runner that has continued to progress with every race, Wilshire Boulevard is the second string in the Juvenile Turf for Aidan O'Brien. He has already had seven runs this season, with the last three coming in Group company, and his quarter-length defeat by the subsequent GI Middle Park Stakes winner, Astaire, is very strong form. 

 

Declaration of War (Breeders' Cup Classic)

In the words of Aidan O'Brien, he will keep trying with different types of horses in a bid to win the Breeders' Cup Classic, and Declaration of War is yet another 'different' horse bidding for Classic glory but beware the fact that this colt had previously attempted the dirt in his three year old season to no avail.

 

Confirmed by Gary O'Gorman of Horse Racing Ireland, Declaration of War was shipped to the barn of Todd Pletcher after being part purchased by Coolmore at the end of his two year old season. A colt that struggled to handle the kickback on the dirt, he was returned to Ireland to the yard of Aidan O'Brien without having an official start on the dirt. His chance in the Breeders' Cup Classic hangs on how he has matured and whether he will now enjoy the kickback that a dirt track provides.

 

Flying Jib (Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf)

An impressive winner of a Listed contest last time out against consistent two year old fillies, Flying Jib is out of the 2009 Santa Monica second placed finisher, Jibboom and sired by the speedy Oasis Dream. She looks to be a considerable overlay with the perfect breeding background to act on Santa Anita's firm turf and Dermot Weld rarely sends any of his horses abroad without considerable chance at victory.

 

Vorda (Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf)

Defeated only by No Nay Never in the GI Prix Morny, Vorda will attempt to make the step up to a mile for the first time in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. Last seen in the GI Cheveley Park Stakes, Vorda was impressive in victory but it must be noted that all of her impressive performances have come over six furlongs and there must be doubts over whether she will see out a strongly run mile.

  

Romantica (Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf)

Andre Fabre's last bid at Breeders Cup F&M Turf glory was dealt a hammer blow as Approve was withdrawn at the gate. Romantica enters this race off a seventh placed finish behind Treve in the Prix Vermeille after taking the GI Prix Jean Romanet on her previous start. It would be folly to rule Romantica out of victory in this event, but she does look to be a weak export for the French. 

 

Al Thakhira (Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf)

There can be no denying the commitment that Sheikh Joaan Al Thani has made to the Breeders' Cup, and by shipping his exciting two year old filly to the Championships he has made a bold statement. Undefeated in two starts, Marco Botti has raised his concerns that this filly will train on to be as good as a three year old and has opted to race her in the Breeders' Cup as her main end of season target. She is yet to race at the top level but destroyed some reliable yard sticks on her last start. 

 

Planteur (Breeders' Cup Classic)

There can be no doubting Planteur's versatility; A GI winner in the Prix Ganay some three years ago, Planteur is still going strong at the highest level but his chance in the Breeders' Cup Classic does look to be somewhat limited. This will be his first outing on dirt, after experiencing varieties of turf conditions and synthetic surface in the last twelve months, but Marco Botti cannot be ignored with an entry in such a prestigious race and Planteur continues to outrun his odds at the highest level.

 

Shamshon (Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf)

Reported to have hated the ground last time out in the GII Mill Reef Stakes, Shamshom was a shade disappointing and the Richard Hannon team have long waxed lyrical of their belief that Shamshon is a very good horse. The decision to ship Shamshon to the Breeders' Cup is one which will ensure good firm ground for their charge and will be one of four entries for Sheikh Joaan Al Thani.

 

Olympic Glory (Breeders' Cup Mile)

A explosive winner of the GI Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on QIPCO British Champions Day, Olympic Glory is entered in favour of Toronado from the yard of Richard Hannon. Richard Hughes was quoted after victory on Saturday as saying that it was 'good to have one horse for the firm and one for the soft', the latter of which was Olympic Glory, and it remains a concern that Olympic Glory's best performances this season have all come over a straight mile.

 

Outstrip (Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf)

Defeated in the GI Dewhurst Stakes behind War Command, Outstrip was reported to have hated the soft ground in that contest and had looked to be an intriguing prospect for Godolphin to look forward to before that. A line can be put through that run, in which he finished third, and a return to a firmer surface will see him back at his best. 

 

The Fugue (Breeders' Cup Turf)

Fourth in the F&M Turf last year, The Fugue is back and she means business. She enters this year's Breeders' Cup Turf as the favourite after a duo of stunning performances in the GI Yorkshire Oaks and GI Irish Champion Stakes - in which she defeated Al Kazeem by an extended length on unfavourable ground.

 

A filly that thrives on firm turf, The Fugue will be ridden once again by William Buick who bids for redemption after getting stuck on the inside rail in last season's F&M Turf with a considerable amount left in the tank at the finish. The Breeders' Cup is yet to see the best of The Fugue.

 

 

Chriselliam (Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf)

Owned in partnership by legendary jockey William Carson, Chrisellium enters the Breeders Cup after dethroning RIzeena and Ithimal in the GI Fillies Mile. Partnered by Richard Hughes that day, she will have the services of the Champion Jockey Elect aboard once more and she remains an intriguing entrant who we are yet to see at full stretch.

 

Grandeur (Breeders' Cup Turf)

Jeremy Noseda's globetrotting sensation returns to America after taking the Twilight Derby on the Breeders Cup undercard last season. This year he returns as the beaten favourite from the Arlington Million with his eyes firmly set on the prize that the Breeders' Cup Turf can provide. An intriguing runner.

 

London Bridge (Breeders' Cup Marathon)

Rated 66 at the beginning of the season, London Bridge has continued to progress in the lower grades of English racing this season but will relish the trip that the Breeders Cup Marathon provides. There can be no sugarcoating the fact that London Bridge is a far cry from the level of thoroughbred competitor that the European contingent enter in the Breeders' Cup Turf, but his chance in this weak Breeders' Cup Marathon is good and would provide a fairy tale story for trainer Jo Hughes.

 

Dank (Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf)

The scintillating winner of the GI Beverly D Stakes on the Arlington Million undercard, Dank has not been seen since and despite Sir Michael Stoute's silence in recent months, she is reported by owner James Wigan to be coming into this race in peak condition. Her progression from the GIII Atalanta Stakes last season has been yet another compliment to Sir Michael Stoute's ability to slowly bring his horses to the peak of their abilities and she enters the F&M Turf with a favourites chance of victory.

 

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correction, Dank, she will be tough to beat!
Great article and insights Dan! I will now be tossing Declaration of War in the classic, he will get alot of kickback for sure in this race. I really liked Toronado as a major player, but since he is not coming over, it will be a single for me in the mile " Wise Dan" Glad to hear Dank is doing well, he will be tough to beat.
Looking forward to meeting you this week!
A very strong contingent as any of the past years. Declaration of War and Planteur are the enigmas, if they can transform their turf form to dirt, the americans are in a world of trouble.
Wise Dan vs Olympic Glory .....oh boy.

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