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Picture: Aidan O’Brien (Sky Sports)

 

The master of Ballydoyle is a 13-times Breeders’ Cup winner and sends a strong squad of seven to Kentucky.

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Aidan O’Brien has always tried to bring a strong team to the Breeders’ Cup and has been rewarded with 13 victories with the likes of High Chaparral, St Nicholas Abbey and Found all triumphing. O’Brien will be hopeful of adding to that tally in 2022 and he spoke with Kevin Blake of attheraces.com to discuss their prospects.
 
BROOME
 
6 b h Australia – Sweepstake
 
Rated 118, he won the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud last year and the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot this year.
 
“We were happy with how he came out of his last race, and he seems to be in great form. The Breeders’ Cup Turf is his target. We think the trip, track and ground will all suit him well. He doesn’t always help himself by starting a bit slow from the gates. We get him loaded late as he can get a bit anxious in them. While his last two wins came when he made the running, he ran really well in this race last year when coming from a fair way back, so I think he is versatile enough to cope with whatever position his start leaves him. It will be easier for him if he jumps on decent terms, it won’t be the end of the world if he doesn’t.”
 
 
MEDITATE
 
2 bg f No Nay Never – Pembina
 
Rated 112, she has won the Fillies Sprint Stakes at Naas, the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh as well as finishing second in the Moyglare Stud Stakes and the Cheveley Park Stakes.
 
“We were very happy with her run in the Cheveley Park Stakes. In a perfect world we would have had more time to sharpen her up for the drop in trip at Newmarket after what was a big run over seven furlongs on soft ground in the Moyglare Stud Stakes, but there was only 13 days between them, so we had to take the chance and see how she got on. Considering that, I thought she ran a great race to finish a strong second. We are obviously going up in trip to a mile for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, but we think she is well equipped for it. She’s usually sharp from the gates and is a strong traveller, which is always a help in America. We don’t think going around a bend will be a disadvantage to her either. We had considered putting cheekpieces on her as she can be a bit lazy in front, but Ryan felt she should be plenty sharp enough over this longer trip and wouldn’t need them, so we’ll leave them off.”
 
 
ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
 
5 b h Australia – Senta’s Dream
 
Rated 118, he won the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 2020 and has since won two renewals of the Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh.
 
“The Breeders’ Cup Mile is his target. He ran very well to finish third in the Coolmore Turf Mile Stakes over this course and distance last time. It didn’t go ideally for him as the horse beside him in the stalls was doing a bit of messing. He took his eye off the gates when they were opening and was just a length or so slow away which put him further back than ideal. We feel that he’s been building from run-to-run and seems ready to run a big one this weekend.”
 
 
STONE AGE
 
3 b c Galileo – Bonanza Creek
 
Rated 116, he won the Derby Trial Stakes at Leopardstown in May and went on to finish a close third in the Belmont Derby Invitational in July.
 
“He runs in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, and it will be his first try at a mile-and-a-half since the Derby. We feel that an evenly-run race around bends over that trip will suit him well. He wasn’t drawn all that well over shorter trips in his two previous runs in America and just got caught a bit wide both times as a result. This race should suit him better. His last two runs were in the very best of company in the Irish Champion Stakes and the Champion Stakes at Ascot and he wasn’t beaten far in either of them, so he isn’t one to be underestimating.”
 
 
TOY
 
3 ch f Galileo – You’resothrilling
 
Rated 108, she finished second in the Irish Oaks and won a Listed race at Naas in October.
 
“Toy runs in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. She ran a fantastic race to finish second in the Irish Oaks and we sent her to Germany for a Group 1 after that, but the race went wrong for her. She pulled off two front shoes, we think early in the race, and ran off the first bend as a result. She came home sore from that, and we had to go easy on her for a little bit. We felt that if she was going to make it to the Breeders’ Cup that she’d need to have a run prior to then, so she was only just ready to run at Naas last time. Considering her prep, we were delighted to see her win and she has made great progress at home since then. We think she’s improved a lot. I could see her running a big race.”
 
 
TUESDAY
 
3 b f Galileo – Lillie Langtry
 
Rated 118, she won the Oaks at Epsom and went on to finish second in the Yorkshire Oaks at York.
 
“We gave Tuesday a bit of a break after the Irish Derby. As everyone knows she is a young filly, a very late foal, and we didn’t want to overdo it with her. Since she’s come back from that break, we feel she has been building from run-to-run and she’s ready to run in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. I thought she ran very well in the Prix de l’Opera at ParisLongchamp last time as Wayne had to go forward on her from a poor draw and the ground was probably softer than ideal, so I’d say she was paying the price for those two things inside the 100 yards. Her recent work has been very good and I could see her running a big race.”
 
 
VICTORIA ROAD
 
2 b c Saxon Warrior – Tickled Pink
 
Rated 106, he has won his last three starts including a Listed race at Deauville and a Group 3 at Chantilly.
 

“He’s an intended runner in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. He seems to be improving all the time and did it well when winning a Group 3 at Chantilly last time. He has been in great order since then and we’ve had this race in mind for him. He travels well and is happy to take his time in his races, so he should be fine whatever way this race pans out for him.”