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Friday 30th October 2015
American Pharoah eyes up fairytale finale

The Breeders' Cup takes centre stage this Friday and Saturday from Keeneland and has all the angles covered as global racing royalty descends on Kentucky.

Billed as the 'World Championships' of horse racing, the Breeders' Cup Meeting has established itself as the key go-to point for horses seeking to build or cement their reputations.

There is no doubting the star of the show this weekend. The Breeders' Cup Classic will mark the end of the career of American Pharoah, the first horse in 37 years to win America's Triple Crown.

Melbourne may claim to have the 'race that stops a nation' but this weekend American Pharoah carries the hopes of a nation and Bob Baffert's star is the red-hot even money favourite with to win the Classic on Saturday night.

Owner Ahmed Zayat describes American Pharoah as a once in a lifetime horse while trainer Baffert says he watches his races like a proud father watching his child.

Will the colt's storybook career get a fairytale ending?


No European horse has won the Classic since Raven's Pass in 2008 but Aidan O'Brien is ready to unleash his dual 2000 Guineas winner Gleneagles, a 10/1 chance to win.

The Ballydoyle maestro has twice trained the runner-up in the Classic before and the fact he has allowed Gleneagles to travel to Keeneland to tackle dirt for the first time is worthy of note.

Golden Horn
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Golden Horn
The Breeders' Cup prides itself on attracting the best thoroughbred talent from across the world and Saturday will also be a swansong for the Epsom Derby and Arc hero, Golden Horn.

John Gosden and Franke Dettori are supremely confident that Golden Horn will have recovered from the exertions of his victory in Paris earlier this month and he is 4/7 with to win the Breeders' Cup Turf.

The heavy rain that has beset the Keeneland track this week is perhaps the biggest obstacle to Golden Horn finishing his career in style.

With Newmarket's 1000 Guineas winner Legatissimo, even money favourite for the Filly and Mare Turf, also travelling to Kentucky; Breeders' Cup 2015 promises to be an unmissable two days of racing.

Russell Yershon, UK Sports Manager for, believes this year has got a genuine superstar feel to it.

Yershon said: "All the pieces are in place for the American dream to come true. The first time the Breeders' Cup has been staged at the iconic Keeneland and the Triple Crown hero, American Pharoah, seeking to quench the thirst of his adoring public for one final, glorious farewell.

"There is no doubt this horse is carrying the hopes of a nation and is being backed like defeat is not an option. The Classic has eluded Aidan O'Brien so far, could he throw a massive spanner in the works via the supremely talented Gleneagles?

"With Golden Horn and Legatissimo also flying the flag for Europe, Breeders' Cup 2015 is brimming with superstar attractions."

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