Breeders’ Cup 2014: day dual – live!

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Something unequivocally surprising happened in California final night. It rained, and a greeting during Santa Anita this morning to a attainment of a tiny dampness from above says a good understanding about usually advantageous they are to be vital here in a initial place.

A tiny underneath half an in. of sleet fell in a area of Santa Anita Park between about 1am and 7am. And we review that correctly, a tiny underneath half an in. in 6 hours. It fell onto a territory lane that would have ridden as quick as a turnpike though it, and both a mud and territory courses here, that will theatre a final 9 races of a 2014 Breeders’ Cup assembly from around midday internal time, are both still described as good.

Yet a lane executives still felt a need to switch a initial dual races on today’s undercard, both scheduled to be run on a turf, to a mud track, that meant that a runners and riders in a first, the, er, Juvenile Turf Sprint Stakes, came behind splattered with muck.

The switch was quite a prevision to “protect” a turf, and there is a outrageous volume of esteem income adult for grabs on a weed after on currently so it was substantially a reasonable one in a circumstances, though greatfully don’t get a thought that it will be soothing out there later, or anything like it. In fact, a expectancy is still that it will float faster than good when things get underway.

The Europeans drew a vacant in a 4 Cup races yesterday, though currently is a label that unequivocally matters and there are European-trained favourites in a Filly Mare Turf, where Dank bids to follow adult final year’s win, a Turf, in that Flintshire and Telescope conduct a market, and a Mile, with Toronado going for Britain’s new champion trainer, Richard Hannon.

Other engaging contenders embody Caspar Netscher, who lines adult for David Simcock in a Turf Sprint, a competition that a Europeans should substantially aim some-more severely than they do, while The Great War (Juvenile) and Windfire (Sprint) are runners on mud for Aidan O’Brien and David Brown respectively. Brown Panther runs for Michael Owen in a Turf, Just The Judge has a plain possibility to give Charlie Hills a leader during a second uninterrupted Breeders’ Cup, and usually dual of tonight’s races do not have a Euro in there somewhere.

The dusk will interpretation with Toast Of New York’s attempt to turn a initial British-trained horse to win a Classic on dirt, a competition that is due to start during 00.35GMT.

It is easy to be beguiled by a conspicuous behind story to his tour so far, from a tiny Lambourn fast and around Wolverhampton and Dubai in a space of usually a year. If he could win, it would be adult there with a many considerable achievements by any British-trained equine in new years, and send Jamie Spencer into his approaching retirement on a behind of a biggest win of his career.

It would be a racing journalist’s dream, in other words, though we do occur to consider he has a improved possibility than a betting suggests to overpass a two-and-three-quarter length opening with Shared Belief on their using on a fake aspect during Del Mar in August. California Chrome, a Kentucky Derby winner, is another outrageous runner, while Bayern, Tonalist and Cigar Street all have a box to be done in their favour, though Toast Of New York could really be something to stay adult for.

Please twitter me or email if we can and I’ll try to embody as most as probable as events unfold. The categorical label during a Breeders’ Cup is one of racing’s good cards, and this one has copiousness to keep a fad turn high from start to finish.

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