Champagne Room is sparkling

Champagne Room ran out an upset winner of the first Breeders' Cup contest on Saturday, the Juvenile Fillies.

Champagne Room and Mario Gutierrez win the 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies from the unlucky Valdorna.

Only fourth in the Chandelier Stakes over course and distance last month, Kentucky Derby-winning rider Mario Gutierrez soon had his filly on the heels of Noted And Quoted, who finished well in front of the winner last time out.

Favourite American Gal loomed up rounding the final turn as if poised to make a major challenge, but the front two motored on and when Champagne Room kicked she went a couple of lengths clear.

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In what was a rough race early on, Valadorna finished to some effect, but the line came in time for the Peter Eurton-trained Champagne Room.

Gutierrez, striking at the Breeders' Cup for the second time after Nyquist last year, said: "I had a perfect trip, I think it helps that I know her pretty well.

"Peter has done a great job with her and I'm working really hard to put my name up at the top with the best riders. It means a lot to me, I can't tell you how happy I am.

"I always thought she was a filly who would go two turns and thank goodness she demonstrated that today."

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