THIS year’s Breeders’ Cup features some of the biggest names in the world competing at Churchill Downs, all bidding for some of the sport’s most prestigious contests.
Among the leading contenders are a number of European runners, headed by the brilliant dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Enable.
We got the lowdown on some of the top European contenders and also spoke to those associated with the ‘home’ team on Saturday.
Dale Romans – Promises Fulfilled, Breeders’ Cup Sprint & Seven Trumpets, Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
Both horses have been working phenomenally. I really like our chances in both of these races. These horses are improving at the right time and training extremely well.
Luis Carvajal – Imperial Hint, Breeders’ Cup Sprint
I’m very confident. I can’t ask for anything better with the way he’s doing it. Health-wise and fitness-wise, the horse is doing great. I know this is the Breeders’ Cup, but we are going in with a good chance.
Mark Casse – Wonder Gadot, Breeders’ Cup Distaff
We know she loves Churchill. The best race she ever ran was when she was second to Monomoy Girl in the Kentucky Oaks. She just amazes me and has a lot of energy.
John Gosden – Enable, Breeders’ Cup Turf
She has taken longer to come out of the Arc which is understandable. She has gone there not 100 percent but she is eating and drinking well and has settled in nicely. She has had a light campaign and Iast year she won five Group 1’s and I would have like to have come here on a crest of a wave but she has won an Arc.
Andre Fabre – Talismanic & Waldgeist, Breeders’ Cup Turf
Talismanic appears well in himself and I am hopeful of a good run although he ran a perplexing race last time. Waldgeist ran well in the Arc and is in good form. But it will be hard to beat Enable.
Oisin Murphy – Roaring Lion, Breeders’ Cup Classic
He moves perfectly fine on the dirt but he’s going to have to jump and race a lot faster. We’ve got nothing to lose and it’s an exciting opportunity.
Mike Smith – McKinzie, Breeders’ Cup Classic
He’s training like he’s ready to run big and put himself in with a real shot of showing us on the track how good we think he is. He’s taking on the older horses for the first time, so we’ll see how he gets on there. He’s super talented.
Saeed Bin Suroor – Thunder Snow, Breeders’ Cup Classic
I’m very happy with him and he’s in great form. He’s ready to go. He is drawn in one, which is not ideal, but I will discuss tactics with the jockey and work out a strategy.