Friday, October 28, 2011

Aiden O'Brien plans Breeders Cup challenge

Aiden O'Brien has announced his team for the Breeders Cup meeting at Churchill Downs next month.

The Irish trainer will be looking to win the Breeders' Cup Classic for the very first time with So You Think confirmed as an entry for the feature race at the meeting.

The former Australian superstar has had a long season that has included wins in the Coral-Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes, a fourth place finish in the Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe and more recently finishing second in the British Champion Stakes. People looking at the Grand National betting online should remember this.

O'Brien does have to make a decision closer to the meeting on the participation of Await The Dawn, who has entries in the Classic over the dirt and in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

One runner who will definitely be running in the turf race over 1m4f is St Nicholas Abbey. He was favourite for the Epsom Derby two years ago after an impressive performance in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster. However, since then his career hasn't lived up to the early promise. He did though win the Group One Coronation Cup at Epsom earlier this season. Those looking for Aintree tips should bear this in mind.

The Ballydoyle team will have just one entry in the mile in Zoffany.  He finished second to Frankel in the St James's Palace Stakes at Ascot in June, coming home less than one length behind the unbeaten superstar.

Again, in the marathon it is just one sole entry for O'Brien, with Harrison's Cave looking to win the race over the extended trip.

However, in the Juvenile Turf, Daddy Long Legs, Learn and Wrote are all expected to run for the team.

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