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You can agree, disagree, or simply ignore them, but once you place a Friday night Yankee on the Breeders’ Cup races – we’ll sort you out for Saturday’s showpiece!
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Nothing original in the opening selection, where I’m siding with the Wes Ward favourite. He’s won the last two renewals of this 5-furlong Grade 2 Juvenile Sprint and is triple-handed here with AVERLY JANE looking the clear pick.
She’s four from four and transitioned from dirt to turf at Keeneland in October in emphatic fashion, winning eased down in a time faster than Golden Pal ran over the same course and distance the following day. She should be right on the pace which is where you want to be in turf sprints around Del Mar.
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.
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.
Chad Brown’s runner was just touched off by a really good-looking horse in Annopolis (misses race with injury) in the trial for this when they pulled five lengths clear of the field.
Trainer Chad Brown can never be discounted on turf and this one seems to be improving with each run, so I believe there’s more to come. I’d like a slightly lower draw than box 10, but he has early speed and should hopefully get a good position going into the first turn – and kick on from there!
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