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Breeders' Cup European Report - Oct. 29

The Fugue Irish 615 X 400
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire

Breeders’ Cup Classic

Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani’s Breeders’ Cup Classic contender Planteur stretched his legs for the first time on Santa Anita’s track early Tuesday morning with a canter around one and a half circuits of the dirt before returning to the barn. The Marco Botti trainee was accompanied by stable companion Al Thakhira (Juvenile Fillies Turf) with the trainer’s wife Lucie on board who said afterward, “everything was good this morning I just wanted them to have a look at their surroundings.”

Coolmore’s Declaration of War arrived with the rest of the Aidan O’Brien-trained Ballydoyle contingent just after midnight after an uneventful flight from Ireland and they are expected to clear quarantine in time for track work on Thursday morning.



Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s The Fugue, with regular work rider Gary Forster in the saddle, took to the main track shortly after 6:45 a.m. and trotted one circuit of the dirt before returning through the paddock back to the barn.

Les Reynolds, traveling head lad for trainer John Gosden, reported that the daughter of Dansili was in good shape.

“She traveled over really well and was really perky last night, and she is in good form and Gary is pleased with her. We followed the same routine just to get some exercise into her and did not want to do too much with her first time of asking”.

Magician, the second European challenger for the Turf was part of the Ballydoyle contingent that arrived in the early hours of Tuesday morning.


Filly & Mare Turf

Dank, trainer Michael Stoute’s representative in the Filly & Mare Turf, got her first experience of the Santa Anita turf track Tuesday. She trotted half a circuit of the course before breaking into a canter down the home stretch. She also went back to the barn via the paddock to get used to the surroundings.

France’s representative in the race, Juddmonte Farm’s Romantica trained by Andre  Fabre, also stretched her legs out on the main track.



Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani’s Olympic Glory had his first experience on the dirt when jogging two circuits of the track for trainer Richard Hannon. The son of Choisir comes to Santa Anita off a win in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (British Champion’s Mile at Ascot) on Oct. 19 and will be ridden by champion jockey Richard Hughes in Saturday’s event.


Juvenile Races

Chriselliam, Vorda (Juvenile Fillies Turf), Outstrip and Shamshon (Juvenile Turf) were out on the track for routine exercise. Chriselliam cantered one circuit of the turf track before returning via the tunnel and the paddock to the barn.

Outstrip trotted two laps of the training track before doing a slightly faster spin than Monday round one circuit of the main track.

Traveling head lad Andrea Mascolo said, “He did a little more than yesterday. He is fresh and well I hope the flat track and fast ground will suit him better than the undulations and softer track at Newmarket last time.”

Shamshon followed his stable companion Olympic Glory and trotted two circuits of the main track.


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