Track worry for Juvenile Fillies Turf hope Intricately
Intricately (nearside) battles to a narrow victory in the Moyglare
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos) Tight track a concern for Intricately – O'Brien By Tom Kerr at Santa Anita 8:39AM 4 NOV 2016
Preview: Santa Anita, Friday 10.50pm GMT, live on ATR
Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (Grade 1) 1m, 2yo fillies
JUST five months on from saddling his first runners as a licensed trainer, Joseph O'Brien has a leading chance of a Breeders' Cup victory with Moyglare heroine Intricately.
Intricately was a surprise 25-1 winner at the Curragh, where she saw off by a short-head the challenge of Hydrangea, one of two runners here for O'Brien's father Aidan. The other, Roly Poly, fell short by the same margin in the Cheveley Park last time out.
Regarding Intricately's prospects, Joseph O'Brien said: "I'm a little bit worried about the tight track but other than that she's in good form. She's easy to train and easy to be around.
"She's a genuine filly with a good attitude. I didn't expect that we'd have a filly as good as this one in our first year and we're very lucky how it panned out. It's great to be here."
'I'll be gutted if she doesn't go close'
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The home contingent is led by the Kathy Ritvo-trained Spain Burg, until recently based with Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte in France, from where she was sent out to win the Rockfel from Fair Eva in September. Frankie Dettori took the ride at Newmarket and maintains the partnership at Santa Anita.
Dettori said: "She looks like my likeliest chance of a winner this weekend.
"Winning the Rockfel brought us here and she's such a likeable filly. The way she ran on at HQ shows you the step up in trip to a mile should be no problem. She's going in the right direction and I'll be gutted if she doesn't go well."
Another Catch A Glimpse?
The other North American hope to take close note of is La Coronel, who represents Tepin's trainer Mark Casse, who landed this race last year with 2016 Filly & Mare Turf contender Catch A Glimpse. La Coronel warmed up for this task with a commanding four-and-a-quarter-length win in a Grade 3 at Keeneland last month.
Following her run before that, a similarly powerful maiden win at Saratoga, Casse reported that jockey Florent Geroux had dismounted and told connections: "I think we have another Catch A Glimpse."
British and Irish viewers hoping to watch all the action will have a couple of late nights in store as Santa Anita, on the west coast of America, is seven hours behind Britain.
Most betting shops close at 10pm, which gives punters the option of viewing one race on Friday and five on Saturday. However, At The Races holds the rights to broadcast the Breeders' Cup and will be showing all 13 races. Certain races will also be broadcast on the Breeders' Cup Facebook page.
Aidan O'Brien has his largest ever squad with 12 runners and is 5-1 with Coral to have three or more winners. It is 13-8 he saddles one winner, 7-4 he has two and 4-1 he draws a blank.
William Hill offer betting on the number of European-trained winners: 9-4 two, three; 7-2 one; 5-1 four; 14-1 none; 16-1 five or more.
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