Breeders’ Cup Turf bid for Erupt

Plans are in place to send Erupt on his travels once again for a shot at next month's Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita.

Jockey Stephane Pasquier scored in the same colours aboard 2014 Breeders' Cup Mile winner Karakontie.

The Francis-Henri Graffard-trained four-year-old registered a first win of the season on Sunday with victory in the Canadian International at Woodbine.

Following that success, connections have now earmarked a tilt at the Grade One 12-furlong prize on November 5 for the son of Dubawi.

Alan Cooper, racing manager to owners the Niarchos Family, said: "It was a great result. It was a beautiful ride from Stephane (Pasquier) and a wonderful performance.

"It has taken a bit of time this season to get everything right . He ran a great race in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and a great race in the King George.

"The Grand Prix de Deauville was a muddling race and he needed time after that. We took a decision to bypass the Arc to make sure we had him fresh for an autumn campaign and that was the first leg of it.

"We are now mulling over the options, but the obvious one to go for is the Breeders' Cup Turf. We will get him home and see how he is before shipping him out again, but that is pretty much the idea.

"A return to the Japan Cup (in which he finished sixth last year) is a definitely a possibility so is the Hong Kong Vase. We like to take it a race at a time. There are three big races left for his season but we will be guided by Francis."

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Plans are also being mapped out for the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Ulysses, who has not run since being touched off in a Group Three event at Windsor in August.

He added: "Ulysses is in very good form and his season is not necessarily finished. He has got several options. We will feel our way with him and discuss a programme with Sir Michael."

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