I'm not a huge Kevin Manning fan either, but I love Pleascach and would love to see her win the F&M Turf. I totally agree with you too about the fantastic job that Bolger did getting her ready for the Prix De l'Opera with no prep off a layoff of more than a year. She ran a fantastic race that day at Chantilly and was really unlucky to have gotten nailed right on the wire by Speedy Boarding. Hadn't heard that about Gosden, but I noticed just today that on the Breeders Cup web-site that Sir Michael Stoute has now added Queen's Trust to list of potential European runners for the F&M Turf.
I know Nuovo Record ran a fantastic race against the boys at Sha Tin when she finished 2nd, only a length behind A Shin Hikari in the G1 Hong Kong Cup back in December, but I haven't seen that many of her races in Japan? She's certainly a very capable filly on her best day, and one thing that could be in her favor at Santa Anita is that she has a lot of in the money finishes in Japan on firm ground. As best as I can remember, and someone please correct me if I'm wrong, she'll be the first filly of any real consequence from Japan to run in the BC F&M Turf since Red Desire came over back in 2010 and ran twice in the states, finishing 3rd in the Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont first before going on to finish 4th in the BC F&M Turf at Churchill Downs.
The fillies that are currently listed on the Breeders Cup web-site as "possibles" are Brave Anna, Roly Poly, & Promise To Be True for Aidan and also Intricately trained by Joseph. The 2 colts that are currently listed as "possible" are Intelligence Cross & Lancaster Bomber, although I wouldn't be surprised to see Capri get added to the list since he skipped running in the Racing Post Trophy. I'd love to see Churchill, but there's no way he'll come this year because O'Brien never sends over the juvenile colt that's likely to be his top Guineas contender for the following season. Maybe Churchill will come next year and try the dirt in the Classic with that Storm Cat pedigree on his bottom side?
I'm okay with it too, primarily because she's been such a gutsy filly throughout her career and she may end up taking the same kind of attitude racing on conventional dirt also. That being said, for the most part, O'Brien's horses that have raced on dirt at the Breeders Cup that came out of the Northern Dancer/Sadler's Wells bloodline haven't fared that well at all. Galileo himself didn't run well on dirt at Belmont back in 2001. Fame and Glory out of Montjeu ended up being pulled up in the Marathon on dirt because he didn't handle it, and just last season, Gleneagles out of Galileo ran horribly on dirt in the Classic. Coolmore's best Breeders Cup successes on conventional dirt have come from horses who had some conventional dirt in their pedigree, I.E., Giant's Causeway in 2000 out of Storm Cat and most recently Declaration Of War in 2013 out of War Front. My hunch is this decision has been made sort of last minute and spur of the moment to avoid Found and Highland Reel having to run against each other again in this year's BC Turf, and of the two, I also think it's more likely that Found would run a better race on dirt than Highland Reel would, IMO.
If Found goes to the Classic, then I'm guessing Highland Reel will then become their #1 entry for the Breeders Cup Turf.
Vazirabad rebounds from his narrow loss to Quest For More last time out in the G1 Prix du Cadran to win the G1 Prix Royal-Oak at Saint-Cloud with Endless Time in 2nd and Siljan's Saga in 3rd.
Rivet, who won the G2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster over St Leger weekend pulls the upset in defeating heavy favorite, the Aidan O'Brien trained Yucatan to win the G1 Racing Post Trophy.
I didn't think it was that surprising the American fillies dominated this year's E P Taylor. This wasn't by any stretch of the imagination a stellar group of Euro fillies. Coming into the E P Taylor, Parvaneh had won a very weak G2 in Germany and Best In The World a very weak G3 in Ireland. Banzari & Aim To Please had both won at G3 level in France, and Nezwaah & Swiss Range had both won at listed level in the UK. None really had credentials that were anything to get excited or write home about, IMO.
Wonder if there's any chance the connections might consider going on to Santa Anita with Erupt now for the Breeders Cup Turf? He skipped running in this year's Arc for the race at Woodbine, though I suspect after watching him today that he might've ran a really good race in the Arc on that fast ground at Chantilly. The same connections had recent success in the BC Turf with Main Sequence just a couple of seasons ago, and I remember the various members of the Niarchos Family being quite thrilled that day with Main Sequence winning the BC Turf & Karakontie taking the BC Mile. I think he'd be a really nice addition to the field that's being projected for the race, and he'd be almost certain to get fast ground again at Santa Anita, IMO.
Glad to see this colt come back to form again. He showed a lot of promise last season as 3YO in France, but had struggled quite a bit so far this season until today. He loves running on fast ground, and I think it was a huge bonus for him that the rain stayed away from Woodbine today. Congrats to Stephane Pasquier and Francis-Henri Graffard, and a shot out to my buddy, HRN's own Brian Zipse, who picked Erupt to win the Canadian International. Well done mate.
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