Breeders’ Cup 2021 – European Challengers to Look Out For on Friday

Twilight Jet exercising ahead of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint on FridayTwilight Jet exercising ahead of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint on Friday

European Runners in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Races Analysed

The 2021 Breeders’ Cup kicks off on Friday night with a focus on the future. The three contests on turf feature a raft of runners from the raiding British and Irish parties and we pick out two from each race who can ruffle some American feathers.


TWILIGHT JET & GO BEARS GO (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, Friday 9.50pm)

Michael O’Callaghan is one of the youngest trainers to send over a horse to the Breeders’ Cup this year. TWILIGHT JET won Newmarket’s Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes in taking style last month. He may only have won two of his ten starts, but has been competitive at a very high level and seems to have found his ideal trip at five furlongs. With a plum draw in stall 1, he could make life very difficult for any of the home side relying on early speed.

For the Brits, David Loughnane sends Group 2 winner GO BEARS GO over for a tilt at glory. He has already traversed the Irish Sea for success in the Curragh’s Railway Stakes before being placed in Group 1 company in the Phoenix Stakes at the same track. He has been a little below his best the last twice, but a return to the minimum trip could well suit this son of Kodi Bear and he’s another with a good draw in stall 3.


MISE EN SCENE & HELLO YOU (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, Friday 11.10pm)

The Juvenile FIllies’ Turf looks to be one of the most open Breeders’ Cup races in history. The class horse of the European contingent is MISE EN SCENE for James Ferguson and Oisin Murphy. She was a powerful winner of Goodwood’s Prestige Stakes in August and ran on respectably for fourth in the Group 1 Fillies Mile at Newmarket four weeks ago. In both races, she did her best work late on, so a draw in stall 13 may not be a disaster for a filly looking to make a late burst.

HELLO YOU is a little more exposed after six career starts. She started out with Ralph Beckett before joining David Loughnane in August. She opened her account for her new yard in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes over seven furlongs last time out, posting a clear career best on figures. Top US jockey John Velazquez takes the ride and she’s much more handily drawn to take a prominent position.


Glounthaune warms up at Del Mar ahead of his tilt at the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf

Glounthaune warms up at Del Mar ahead of his tilt at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

MODERN GAMES & GLOUNTHAUNE (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, Saturday 12.30am)

MODERN GAMES’ position at the head of the market owes a lot to the draw made earlier this week. Stall 1 is ideal for him, while previous favourite, and fellow British runner, Dubawi Legend, drew 14 out in the wings. Nevertheless, that should not distract from this Godolphin juvenile’s form, as he was a ready winner of the Group 3 Tattersall’s Stakes at Newmarket. His trainer has already had two victories stateside this year and Modern Games has a very strong chance of landing him another.

Aidan O’Brien will have sent stronger teams to the Breeders’ Cup in the past, but he still has some excellent chances. GLOUNTHAUNE was beaten readily in the Dewhurst on only his second start, but that came after a considerable layoff. Fitter for that experience, he won a Group 3 at Leopardstown just a week later and it would be no surprise if he proves himself a far better horse than the one seen at Newmarket. In a race where the Brits dominate the head of the market, the Ballydoyle maestro will be very keen to cause a minor upset.