The Breeders’ Cup: An International Event

By Darragh Farrelly October 21, 2016

The Breeders’ Cup® is an extravaganza of horse racing that is simply unparalleled. Kicking off November 4th at Santa Anita Park, the greatest horses from around the world will compete in this year-ending event.  What sets the Breeders’ Cup apart is the international pull of the event. While Triple Crown winners aplenty and racing’s superstar California Chrome will go post, the best of the rest of the world’s thoroughbreds is what make it such a rounded festival of equine perfection.

As of 2016, the Europeans have found the Breeders’ cup to be a happy hunting ground. Outside of the United States, Ireland has accounted for the most wins (26), followed by Great Britain (15) and France (7).

While American racing is predominantly focused to the dirt, European horses are geared towards turf races. In recent years, the turf-based races at the Breeders’ Cup have been dominated by European raiders, and 2016 looks like it will follow suit.

Of the past five editions of the Breeders’ Cup Turf, Irish trainer and third all-time in Breeders’ Cup wins, Aidan O’Brien has won three. This year, he sends two leading contenders, Found and Highland Reel, two horses that have enjoyed some phenomenal form on the other side of the Atlantic. British-bred Flintshire however remains the horse they all have to beat.

A family steeped in racing glory, the O’Brien family have left their mark on the Breeders’ Cup in years gone by. In the 2011 edition of the Breeders’ Cup Turf, Aidan O’Brien’s son, Joseph, rode St Nicholas Abbey to victory, becoming the first father and son combination to win a Breeders’ Cup race. This year, Joseph, now training alongside his father at their Ballydoyle stud but with his own training licence, will train Intricately go for him in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. The horse will be ridden by Joseph’s younger brother, Donnacha.

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Elsewhere, the Richard Fahey-trained Growl, will be England’s leading light as he bids for glory in the Turf Sprint, in the Mile French-bred Spectre will fancy his chances,Arentinian-trained and bred Corona Del Inca, named for the mountain range there, who earned her way into the Breeders' Cup by winning the Gran Premio Criadores, part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, by a nose at Palermo Race Course May 1 will have her work cut out to beat hotly-fancied favorite for the race Songbird.

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