06/23/2013 3:29PM

Novellist, Gold Ship, Ever Rider earn Breeders' Cup berths


Novellist was a top 3-year-old in Germany last year, winning two group stakes in that country and finishing second in the German Derby. He later won a Group 1 race in Italy.

This year, Novellist is running successfully in tougher races in western Europe. On Sunday, Novellist made his first start in France, winning the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud against a strong field.

Ridden by Ryan Moore, who had three wins at Royal Ascot in England last week, Novellist won the $524,000 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud by 1 1/4 lengths over Dunaden, the winner of the Melbourne Cup in 2011.

The Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud is part of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In program, offering a fees-paid berth to the BC Turf at Santa Anita in November. After Sunday’s race, trainer Andreas Wohler said he was concentrating on Novellist’s next start in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on July 27.

Novellist (5-1) was fourth or fifth for the first mile of the 1 1/2-mile Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. He challenged 3-2 favorite Cirrus des Aigles for the lead turning into the stretch and was clear in the final furlong. Dunaden finished a length in front of the 5-year-old mare Haya Landa, a 21-1 shot.

Cirrus des Aigles, a 13-time stakes winner, faded to finish fifth of 11 in his first start since a second to the undefeated superstar Frankel in the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot last October.

Novellist, a 4-year-old colt by Monsun, has won 7 of 9 starts for Christoph Berglar. Last fall, Novellist won the Group 1 Gran Premio del Jockey Club Italiano at San Siro.

There were two other international races over the weekend that were part of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In program.

On Sunday, Gold Ship won his fifth Grade 1 or Grade 2 race since September in the $2,834,639 Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin Racecourse. The race offered an automatic berth to the BC Turf.

Gold Ship, who was fifth in the Grade 1 Tenno Sho at Kyoto Racecourse on April 28, won the Grade 1 Takarazuka Kinen over about 1 3/8 miles by 3 1/2 lengths over 43-1 shot Danon Ballade. Gentildonna, the 7-5 favorite, finished third in the field of 11. Fenomeno, who won the Tenno Sho, finished fourth.

Gold Ship (9-5) was ridden by Hiroyuki Uchida for trainer Naosuke Sugai. Gold Ship was fourth early and took the lead from Danon Ballade in early stretch before drawing clear in the final furlong.

A 4-year-old colt by Stay Gold, Gold Ship races for owner and breeder Eiichi Kobayashi.

On Friday, Ever Rider won the Group 2 Premio Clasico General Belgrano at Palermo Racetrack in Argentina, earning a fees-paid berth to the BC Marathon. Last year, Calidoscopio won the Clasico Belgrano and pulled an upset in the BC Marathon.

Ever Rider, a 5-year-old by the Candy Stripes stallion Rider Stripes, won the Clasico Belgrano over about 1 9/16 miles by a short neck over Sunny Rex. Ever Rider, a 28-1 shot, was ridden by Eduardo Ortega Pavon for trainer Juan Carlos Bianchi.

Owner Alberto Ibanez indicated that Ever Rider will be sent to Southern California this fall for the Breeders’ Cup.