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.
Alice Springs is crossed entered here, but she'll likely run in the BC Mile instead of in the F&M Turf. Aidan O'Brien told the Racing Post just today that he'll likely be bringing over Seventh Heaven, who got an awful trip in the Fillies' & Mares' Stakes at Ascot, for the F&M Turf.
I think the general consensus among most of the "so-called experts" is that 10f is Minding's best trip. But in looking back on her races at a mile, or at least the one's where she had good or good to firm ground, I.E., G1 Fillies' Mile, G1 English 1000 Guineas, & G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, Minding has shown a pretty wicked turn of foot in all 3 of those wins. Whether she races on next season or not, I'm pretty sure we've seen the last of her this season, but I have to admit to being intrigued by the possibility of seeing Minding and Tepin knock heads in this year's Breeders Cup Mile, though it's not likely to happen. I think it's more likely to be Alice Springs we'll be seeing at Santa Anita representing Coolmore, IMO.
Suits me right down to the ground. Always love seeing talented 3YO, be it colts or fillies, get to come back and race for their 4YO season.
You're right mate. Postponed isn't coming over for the Breeders Cup Turf. Varian has already said as much. Probably won't see him again until March when he'll go back to Dubai to defend his Dubai Sheema Classic crown.
It's almost the same exact time frame she ran all of the same races in last season before heading to the Breeders Cup. In 2015 she went from the Irish Champion Stakes to the Arc, then on to the Champion Stakes before shipping to America and winning the Breeders Cup Turf, and those were all equally tough races for her a year ago too. In the case of the Arc I would argue it was tougher. If she can do it last year, I don't know why anyone would think she's not capable of doing it again this year? That being said, I suspect Coolmore may be playing it safe this year in the event that the wheels do come off for Found at Santa Anita? It may be why they had Highland Reel sit this one out today, so he'll be a bit fresher for the BC Turf, IMO.
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