The European fillies and mares look to dominate the first day of the Breeders Cup at Santa Anita, whilst Aidan O’Brien’s Fame and Glory hopes his marathon journey pays off.
The Europeans look well poised to pick up a number of the big prizes on day one of the Breeders Cup. With strong hands in most of the key races the UK, Irish and French raiders may leave the home team with a disappointing evening. The Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf appears to have the strongest European team headed up the impressive The Fugue for John Gosden. If The Fugue is anywhere near her Goodwood form Crockford expects her to sprint away from her rivals. Connections of Nahrain and I’m A Dreamer will expect to play a big hand too alongside O’Brien’s Up and the useful French filly Ridasiyna for the Aga Khan.
In 8.06 Juvenile Sprint Ceiling Kitty is an interesting entry for Tom Dascombe. This tough and experienced filly may spring a surprise and start the evening with a bang for the raiders. At 9.28 the Moyglare winner Sky Lantern will look to lead the way for the challengers who also include the French horse Flotilla, the highly respected Noseda filly Gold Cheongsam and Waterway Run for Beckett.
Fame and Glory will try to recapture his form in the Breeders Cup Marathon at 8.46. He ran well for most of the QIPCO Long Distance Cup on Champions Day but faded quickly after appearing to travel strongly for Jamie Spencer. With Spencer booked again to accompany him at Santa Anita Crockford predicts an improved placing tonight for O’Brien. The Dermot Weld mare Sense of Purpose is an eye catching runner in the Marathon. Weld may just have an outside chance of a double on the night with his useful Speaking of Which running later in the Twilight Derby.
The Americans are guaranteed to collect at least two prizes – 10.08 Juvenile Fillies (Dirt) and the Ladies Classic at 11.30. Crockford predicts that Dreaming Of Julia and Questing (the Goldolphin filly) should pick up the honours.