THE star-studded Breeders’ Cup returns on ITV on Friday night – and it looks like it’s an absolute barnstormer.
Richard Fahey’s The Platinum Queen is among a bevy of British runners aiming for Group 1 glory at the weekend.
Friday’s action starts at 6.30pm on ITV3 – but there will be TEN hours of coverage on a delicious Saturday.
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LOVE REIGNS may give two-year-old King Wesley Ward another win in this crazy competition.
He’s won three of the four races and has another big chance with this filly, who won by 10 lengths on his debut at Keeneland before taking a solid fourth place at Royal Ascot.
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She put that behind last time out with a bloodless victory in Saratoga.
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 cabin 12 which is not an impossible berth.
She has been brilliant this season and fought for victory at L’Abbaye at Longchamp last time out.
This is probably the fastest floor she has covered, but her class can take her close.
Speed Boat Beach is another runner with plenty of early pace who landed a nice prize for Bob Baffert last time out in Santa Anita. He’s an important player.
Looking at the other Europeans, Mischief Magic could be the pick for Buick and Appleby, although he likes to come from behind and will therefore need the pace to collapse.
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A low pull and a quick launch are big pluses and WONDER WHEEL can tick both.
Coming from stable five, she led the front last month when she won a Class 1 distance and track event.
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 lead as he finished strong 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 underdog Vegas Magic could secure a spot from this plum draw.
Chocolate Gelato is another one flying off the stalls and may be able to take the lead despite being in stall 10.
She got a grade 1 last time and has more to offer.
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CAIRO CONSORT has a decent draw and ran a cracker in Grade 1 Company last time out at Woodbine.
She had trouble running but managed to fly away in the closing stages and finished second, just a length behind the winner.
She enjoyed this step up to a mile and will hopefully get a clearer passage this time.
Frankie is riding the filly that beat the top last time out, Last Call, which has a handy berth in Box 3. She has done well on turf and should run another good race.
Meditate runs for Aidan O’Brien and is in a lot of good form, including second at Cheveley Park, Newmarket.
There’s every chance she’ll improve on this longer journey, but stall 10 means she’ll need some luck on the run.
Free Look has reportedly performed well and was quick off runners-up in a Class 2 earlier this month. Coach Chad Brown is in good shape.
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CAVE ROCK is a short prize and for good reason given his three stunning 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 in Santa Anita last month.
He was setting a fast time there and he’s zooming out of the stands so he should be able to do everything in pit three.
The draw could have been friendlier for National Treasure, but he chased the tip home last time out in California and looks like a good bet to finish second again.
Forte is a double Grade 1 winner, with the youngest coming over this course and distance early last month.
It was ideal preparation for this and coach Todd Fletcher has been swimming in winners lately.
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PACKS A WAHLOP was impressive in landing Grade 3 honors in Santa Anita last month as he consistently kept up with the pace.
He’s got a good draw to make the most of his quick start and he did his best on that mile.
Silver Knott could be Europe’s best shot of the night for William Buick and Charlie Appleby.
He was good at Newmarket when he first attempted that mile and got on the line.
He should be able to handle this fast surface and has got a good box.
Andthewinneris has a Note 2 with plenty left in the tank here last time.
He managed to find himself way back from stand 12.
He’s six today, which should make life a little easier, and he’s a big threat.
I’m Very Busy has only run twice and was very well supported before the last time I finished 2nd in an Aqueduct Grade 2.
Can do better and could be ridden closer to the pace this time.
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