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Obviously, the Wesley Ward team have to be respected in this 5f Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint. However, Irish raider TWILIGHT JET has been a model of consistency this season and he has been handed an inside draw in stall 1, over in the bull ring of a race track.
He’s got loads of natural pace and he should get an ideal run into the contest with regular pilot Leigh Roche on board. The rail he’ll race against boasts a 23 per cent strike rate at Del Mar and that will help him to be an each-way player in this contest.
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ECHO ZULU is probably going to start one of the shortest-priced favourites of the two-day bonanza, and it’s for a good reason. She brings in a 100 per cent record having won twice at Saratoga and once at Belmont in distances from five-and-a-half furlongs all the way up to the mile.
From her outside position in this small field she’s not going to get any kick-back, and she has the natural pace to go forward if required. All that means she can gain her third straight Grade 1 victory.
MISE EN SCENE was arguably a little unlucky not to finish closer in the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket when chasing home Inspiral last month. Although she’s not been handed an easy starting position, at least over this distance she has just under the length of the straight to get into a position.
Her young trainer James Ferguson recently had his breakthrough Group 1 victory, and this can round off what has been a fantastic season for the handler. Cairo Memories looks to be overpriced, but she has some course and distance winning form.
Another short one, but JACK CHRISTOPHER has produced two explosive displays on the racecourse so far. Firstly, over 6 furlongs at Saratoga and then in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont over this distance.
It could become a little tactical from the inside starting position, but he has proven pretty flexible when held up, early on. That experience of having some of the dirt thrown in his face will stand him in good stead for this assignment.
DAKOTA GOLD brings in the perfect record having won over this distance at Monmouth Park on the turf last time in really gutsy fashion. Admittedly, it is a big jump up in grade, but he boasts the best speed rating – falling just two points below the magical triple digit number. That’s a fair level to run to on only his second lifetime start.
He has two English runners down on his inside from his stall 3 berth and should have more natural gate speed than they have. He can slot in front of those two on the rail and get an ideal run.
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