09/09/2016 11:26AM

Ireland: Two Breeders' Cup berths up for grabs


The group stakes winners Brave Anna and Rhododendron are part of trainer Aidan O’Brien’s four-runner team in Sunday’s Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at The Curragh in Ireland, a race that could have implications for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 4.

The $392,400 Moyglare Stud Stakes is part of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In program, offering a fees-paid berth to the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Brave Anna won the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot in England in June but was sixth behind Rhododendron in the Group 2 Debutante Stakes at The Curragh on Aug. 21. Rhododendron was favored in that race and finished a head in front of Hydrangea, another O’Brien-trained filly in the Moyglare Stud. The stable also runs Promise to be True, a Group 3 winner at Leopardstown on July 21.

There are three other Group 1 or Group 2 races on Sunday’s eight-race program at The Curragh.

The $280,300 Flying Five Stakes at five furlongs on turf drew a competitive field of 14. The winner receives a fees-paid berth to the BC Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.

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Take Cover, who won the Group 2 King George Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse in England on July 29, is one of four 9-year-olds in the field. Trained by David Griffiths, Take Cover was third in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York in England on Aug. 19. Of the younger set, Toscanini, 4, can improve on his win in the Group 3 Phoenix Sprint Stakes at The Curragh on Aug. 7.

O’Brien has the favorite in two other Group 1 races – the $392,400 National Stakes for 2-year-old colts and fillies at seven furlongs and the $448,400 Irish St. Leger Stakes at 1 3/4 miles.

Churchill can win his fourth consecutive stakes in the National. O’Brien trains three of the seven runners but faces a threat from Mehmas, a winner of two Group 2 races in England for trainer Richard Hannon.

O’Brien’s horse Order of St George will be a heavy favorite to win his seventh consecutive race in the Irish St. Leger, which drew six runners.

grandpacobra 11 months ago
i love California Racing, there are no Joels holding grey horses back and the payoffs are outstanding.
Frank 11 months ago
which I guarantee will not be filled for this year's BC.  The top euros will not come to Del Mar -- they are not stupid like Americans.

This years BC @ Del Mar is a joke -- that small oval is like playing the super bowl in a parking lot.  That track is joke!

CA racing is joke -- no product at all!
Shawn Neal 11 months ago
Shows. How stupid you are Bc is at Santa Anita this year
Darlene Sanner 11 months ago
this year the BC is at Santa Anita Del Mar is in 2017