2021 Breeders’ Cup – European Jockeys And Their Horses To Focus On
Leading European Riders And Their Top Chances – 2021 Breeders’ Cup
A selection of high-class European horses will take centre stage at Del Mar for the 2021 Breeders’ Cup meeting. We break down the rides of the top European trio this weekend and look closer at some of their leading hopes.
The 50-year-old Italian jockey is one of the most recognisable and greatest flat jockey’s of all time. A winner of over 500 Group races in his career, Frankie Dettori last tasted success at this meeting in 2018 when Expert Eye won the Breeders’ Cup Mile and superstar mare Enable landed the Breeders’ Cup Turf for boss John Gosden. One of two scheduled rides on Friday, Dettori will hope his best chance this weekend lies with ALBAHR (00:30 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf) who will be looking to win for a fifth consecutive time for Charlie Appleby. Albahr certainly created a big impression for the Godolphin Operation when appearing last time out in the Grade 1 Summer Stakes at Woodbine, clearing away and showing a very impressive turn of foot.
The stable jockey for Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle team, Ryan Moore certainly has had a fruitful time at the Breeders’ Cup over the years. Winning the Breeders’ cup Juvenile Turf four times, lastly with Mendelssohn in 2017. And the Breeders Cup’ Turf four times in seven years in 2015 with Found for Aidan O’Brien who defeated short-priced favourite Golden Horn for Frankie Dettori and John Gosden.
ARMOR will look to provide Ryan Moore with a day 1 winner in the (21:50 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint). The two-year-old brings solid form to the table notably with a staying-on third in the Juddmonte at Newmarket back in September. With a guaranteed fast pace assured from the American horses including Twilight Gleaming and Averly Jane, Armor will be doing his best work late on and if timing his finish correctly, Ryan Moore can provide his old boss Richard Hannon with a winner.
Since destroying her rivals in the 2020 Investec Oaks, and showing a determined attitude in the Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot, all eyes will be on LOVE once again, as she looks to have her day in the sun on Saturday in the (20:59 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf). The filly has not been herself in recent runs, especially when a disappointing beaten favourite in the King George Group 1 at Ascot in July, where the four-year-old hung under pressure and could never quicken up. The class and reputation of the Aidan O’Brien runner mean that we could witness something special again on Saturday evening, Ryan Moore will be keen to get her career back on track and has one of the worlds biggest stages to do just that.
Despite losing out to Oisin Murphy in this year’s British flat jockey’s championship, William Buick will be confident of adding to what has already been an incredible season for the leading rider. Punters will be keen to follow the combination of Buick and Appleby this weekend, as both jockey and trainer have established themselves in Breeders’ Cup history down the line with Wuheida winning the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf and Line of Duty in 2018 who took home the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.
And that is where William Buick will be hoping to kickstart his weekend in California on Friday as MODERN GAMES (00:30 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf) looks to give Charlie Appleby a 3rd win in the race. The two-year-old colt stretched clear in taking style last time out at Newmarket and the step up to a mile on a tight American track will certainly hold no fears.
Buick will then turn his attention to Saturday where defending champion AUDARYA (20:59 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf) runs for trainer James Fanshawe. A surprise winner last year, Audarya will be no back number this time around and his Newmarket handler will be dreaming of another success for the five-year-old mare.
However, William Buick’s best ride this weekend appears to be another Godolphin inmate in the shape of SPACE BLUES (22:20 Breeders’ Cup Mile) Charlie Appleby’s globetrotting five-year-old has been in superb form, recently taking the Group 2 City Of York Stakes on the York Knavesmire two starts ago and then following up at Parislongchamp in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret. Sent off a warm order on his last ten career starts, Space Blues will have to prove his stamina for the mile trip, but Space Blues is still clearly the form choice of many and looks a solid favourite for this seasons contest.