THE star-studded Breeders’ Cup returns on ITV on Friday night – and it looks like being an absolute barnstormer.
Richard Fahey’s The Platinum Queen is among a throng of British runners looking for Group 1 glory over the weekend.
Friday’s action kicks off at 6.30pm on ITV3 – but there will be TEN straight hours of coverage on a mouthwatering Saturday.
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7.00 BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE TURF SPRINT
LOVE REIGNS can give two-year-old king Wesley Ward another win in this madcap contest.
He has taken three of the four runnings and has another big chance with this filly who won at Keeneland on debut by 10 lengths before a solid fourth at Royal Ascot.
She left that behind with a bloodless victory at Saratoga last time.
Like most Ward runners, she flies out of the stalls and has a handy low draw.
Richard Fahey sends over The Platinum Queen who is on the other side in stall 12, which isn’t an impossible berth.
She has been brilliant this season and battled to win the L’Abbaye at Longchamp last time.
This is likely to be the quickest ground she’s contested but her class can take her close.
Speed Boat Beach is another runner with lots of early pace who landed a nice prize at Santa Anita last time for Bob Baffert. He is a major player.
Looking at the other Europeans, Mischief Magic could be the pick for Buick and Appleby although he likes to come from behind so will need the pace to collapse.
7.40 BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES
A lowish draw and a fast start are big pluses and WONDER WHEEL can tick both of those boxes.
She comes from stall five and led all the way when winning a Grade 1 contest over course and distance last month.
She has in-form jockey Tyler Gaffalione on board which is another plus.
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Chop Chop was just a nose behind the tip when finishing strongly from a mile back.
If she can stay a bit closer to the pace this time, she has every chance.
A bit like Chester, stall one has a cracking record on this dirt track and outsider Vegas Magic could hold on for a place from that plum draw.
Chocolate Gelato is another who flies from the stalls and may be able to get the lead despite being in stall 10.
She landed Grade 1 honours last time and has more to offer.
8.20 BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES TURF
CAIRO CONSORT has a decent draw and ran a cracker in Grade 1 company at Woodbine last time.
She met trouble in running but managed to fly in the closing stages to finish second, just a length off the winner.
She enjoyed that step up to a mile and will hopefully get a clearer passage this time.
Frankie rides the filly that beat the tip last time, Last Call, who has a handy berth in stall 3. She is proven on turf and should run another good race.
Meditate runs for Aidan O’Brien and she has lots of good form including when second in the Cheveley Park at Newmarket.
There’s every chance she will improve over this longer trip but stall 10 means she’ll need some luck in the run.
Free Look has reportedly been working well and was quick away when second in a Grade 2 earlier this month. Trainer Chad Brown is in good form.
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CAVE ROCK is a short price and with good reason given his three blistering wins from three starts.
He landed a Del Mar Grade 1 by five lengths in September and it was the same winning distance when he scored at Santa Anita last month.
He clocked a fast time there and he zooms out of the stalls so should be able to make all from box three.
The draw could have been kinder to National Treasure but he chased home the tip in California last time and looks a good bet to finish second again.
Forte is a dual Grade 1 winner, with the most recent coming over this course and distance early last month.
That was the ideal prep for this and trainer Todd Fletcher has been swimming in winners lately.
9.40 BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE TURF
PACKS A WAHLOP was impressive when landing Grade 3 honours at Santa Anita last month when up with the pace throughout.
He has a good draw to make the most of his fast start and his best has come over this mile.
Silver Knott could be Europe’s best chance of a winner on the night for William Buick and Charlie Appleby.
He was good at Newmarket when trying this mile for the first time, getting up on the line.
He should be fine on the quick ground and comes from a good stall.
Andthewinneris took a Grade 2 here last time with plenty left in the tank.
He managed to pick his way through from a long way back from stall 12.
He’s in six today, which should make life a bit easier, and he’s a big threat.
I’m Very Busy has run just twice and was very well backed before finishing second in a Aqueduct Grade 2 last time.
He has more to offer and could be ridden nearer to the pace this time.
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