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Cape Blanco Returning to US for Turf Classic

CAPE BLANCO is likely to bid for a hat-trick of Grade 1 wins in the United States with trainer Aidan O’Brien on Sunday confirming that the Joe Hirsch Memorial Turf Classic over 1m4f at Belmont Park on October 2 is under serious consideration for the four-year-old.

Successful in the Man o’War at Belmont and the Arlington Million on his last two starts, Cape Blanco is entered for Australia’s Cox Plate on October 22 but is unlikely to take up that option.


O'Brien said: “All the quarantine issues involved in going to Australia haven’t been resolved and, while nothing has been finalised, we are looking at the Joe Hirsch Memorial as possibly Cape Blanco’s next race.”

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Definitely making a strong case for Turf Horse of the Year..at the least.
@tiznow, Very much agree!! Someone commented to me that Acclamation should be ahead of Cape Blanco right now in the running for champion American turf horse. But if Cape Blanco ships back over from Ireland and win's either the Joe Hirsch or B.C. Turf, I don't know how he couldn't win the award?
I agree the owners/trainers are really stepping up!
Very impressed with the guts to ship overseas three times in one year...and possibly four if they went back home before BC. This is true sportsmanship!
The Joe Hirsch Turf Classic should set Cape Blanco up perfectly for a run in this year's Breeders Cup Turf. I think it's smart decision on Aidan O'Brien's part to get another 12f race into Cape Blanco before going to Churchill Downs. Make no mistake, Cape Blanco's been as equally effective over 12f as he has at 10f. He won the G1 Irish Derby at the Curragh over 12f in 2010, and was also 2nd behind Harbinger in the G1 King George at Ascot over 12f in 2010. Harbinger was much the best in the King George that day. But Cape Blanco had 3-time Arc runner-up, Youmzain, Hong Kong Vase winner, Daryakana, and Epsom Derby and Arc winner, Workforce well behind him at Ascot that day!! The only thing I foresee being different for Cape Blanco in the Joe Hirsch other than the step up from 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 is Clement running Winchester against him this time instead of Gio Ponti. TJMO.

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