Found not out of Breeders’ contention
Found could yet bid to repeat last year's success at the Breeders' Cup after her gallant effort to finish second to Almanzor in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
Found: Not out of Breeders' Cup contention
The Aidan O'Brien-trained filly was running just 13 days after winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and lost little in defeat against Jean-Claude Rouget's colt, who also had her back in second in the Irish Champion Stakes.
Found followed a similar path 12 months ago, and lowered the colours of Derby hero Golden Horn in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Keeneland.
O'Brien said of his Ascot runners: "They are all fine and all seemed to come out of it good.
"Don't rule any of them in or out of America, even Found, and we'll decide in seven or 10 days' time."
Headlining the afternoon for O'Brien on British Champions Day was his brilliant three-year-old filly Minding, who beat the colts in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, adding to her top-level victories this year in the 1000 Guineas, Oaks and Nassau Stakes.
O'Brien said: "I'm hoping she's going to stay in training so she probably won't be going again."
Gold Cup victor Order Of St George had to settle for fourth in the Long Distance Cup, having been third in the Arc.
His trainer said: "If he was going to go back again he would have to go back for the race this week in France (Prix Royal-Oak at Saint-Cloud) and that's probably too quick so I'd imagine he'll be let off for the year."
Derby runner-up US Army Ranger was eighth in the Champion, with Seventh Heaven fifth to the impressive Journey in the Fillies & Mares Stakes.
O'Brien added: "We might leave him (US Army Ranger) to next year now. He ran better than his placing looked."
And of Seventh Heaven: "The race was a bit messy. She might go to America for the Filly & Mare (Turf)."
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