@SharedBelief1, I think Tepin's a terrific turf miler. One fast filly for sure. But I think the biggest reason that American or in this case Canadian turf milers get overlooked is outside of the Breeders Cup they rarely ever line up anywhere else to take on the other top international turf milers. In the case of Maurice, he's getting ready to travel to Sha Tin to take on Able Friend on his home ground.
Maurice has now got an entry into the upcoming G1 Hong Kong Mile. We'll see if he's the best in the world at a mile on turf having to face Able Friend on home ground. Able Friend ran a sub-par 3rd last time out in the G2 Jockey Club Mile, or at least sub-par by his standards, the first time he'd been beaten in 8 starts at Sha Tin, but I'm not sure I'd count him running another back to back bad races.
Able Friend was defeated at Sha Tin last night for the first time in 8 starts dating back to October, 2014 in the G2 Jockey Club Mile. He didn't get the best of trips, but still loomed a danger through the stretch. But he could only manage a 3rd place finish behind Beauty Flame and the highly progressive Contentment. Some of the "so-called" local experts seemed to think the loss had something to do with that old saying about 2nd start back off a layoff. At any rate, I would expect trainer John Moore to have Able Friend dead-on-dick ready next month for the G1 Hong Kong Mile when the international turf milers come calling.
From the JapanRacing.jp web-site: All 4 European based runners have now arrived safely in Japan ahead of the G1 Japan Cup on November 29th. The German based Nightflower and Ito along with the France based Erupt arrived yesterday morning, and the UK based Trip To Paris, last seen finishing 4th in the G1 Melbourne Cup just 2 weeks ago arrived this morning. The 4 were the only European based horses to accept invitations to run in this year's renewal.
Moved from trainer Jorge Navarro to trainer Brian Lynch was what I read on-line.
From the RacingPost.com web-site: Initially thought to be skipping this year's Breeders Cup Turf in favor of running in the G1 Japan Cup on November 29th, trainer Andre Fabre and Juddmonte manager Lord Teddy Grimthorpe have announced that Flintshire will also miss the Japan Cup. He will instead be pointed at Sha Tin in December to attempt to become a back to back winner of the G1 Hong Kong Vase.
From the JapanRacing.Jp web-site: Accepted invitations as of November 15, 2015: Trip To Paris, Erupt, Ito, & Nightflower.
From this morning's Racing Post web-site: Trainer David O'Meara announced via the web-site this morning that G1 Woodbine Mile winner and G1 Breeders Cup Mile 2nd, Mondialiste, will very likely be heading to Sha Tin next month to run in this year's renewal of the G1 Hong Kong Mile. He'll definitely have his hands full having to face Able Friend on home ground, but I personally think it's a race that will suit Mondialiste right down to the ground, and there's no denying that his last 2 races have produced career best form lines, so I agree with David O'Meara and owners Geoff & Sandra Turnbull, take your shot and strike while the iron is hot! Really like this horse. He runs with a ton of heart and almost never runs bad races.
Rode in the final race of her career today at Doncaster Racecourse in the UK. She is now officially retired as a jockey.
@Linda Daly, It's not a given he'll be retired according to trainer Ed Dunlop. I read the article this morning on the Racing Post web-site and Dunlop was quoted as saying "whether he goes on to Japan or Hong Kong or whether he goes back home to England next week is a decision for owner Ronnie Arculli," so with the Japan Cup and/or Hong Kong Vase quite literally right around the corner, that would lead me to believe it wasn't a hugely serious surgery or they wouldn't be talking about potentially going to those races.
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