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Breeders' Cup Mile: Expert Eye wins under Frankie Dettori

Breeders' Cup Mile: Expert Eye wins under Frankie Dettori”

When Ortiz let her go late, the filly surged home to win by a devastating 6 3/4 lengths over European raider East, who rallied from last under Jamie Spencer to take second by a neck over longshot Stellar Agent. This year he came out in good shape. That has always been sorted and as O'Brien, who has three runners in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, said: "The world has gone a small place now".

Enable went where Dancing Brave, Sakhee, Golden Horn and Found could not when she became the first Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe victor to follow up at the Breeders' Cup, recording history in the Turf at Churchill Downs on Saturday (Sunday morning AEST).

That will come as a shock for Roaring Lion, the four-time Group One victor which runs in the Classic as something as an afterthought, but not for Mendelssohn, which has been aimed at this race since winning the Juvenile Turf at Del Mar a year ago. It was an important move, because while he was forced to come around horses on the home turn, he was able to keep close to Magical as Ryan Moore sent her to the lead at the top of the straight. She just runs them off their feet ...

While his absence removes some luster from this year's Breeders' Cup Classic, it remains a race packed with talent. The anticipated duel between the reigning Kentucky Oaks victor and her 2017 predecessor Abel Tasman never materialized, as Monomoy Girl made her move at the final turn and held off Wow Cat by a length for her sixth victory this season. "He's won all those great races".

Gosden said: "He was smashed up leaving the gate, which put him in the wrong position as he got the worst of it (kickback)".

"It was a flawless trip", Rosario said.

Line of Duty saved ground behind the early speed in the Juvenile Turf, had to swing wide at the top of the stretch to find running room and was just up in time to score by 1/2 length over Uncle Benny.

"They either take it or they don't".

Abdullah, whose Expert Eye - also ridden by Dettori - won the Mile on Saturday's Card, also owned Dancing Brace, the mighty 1986 Arc hero who could manage only fourth in the Turf later that year.

"I got a flawless trip", said Ortiz. And Godolphin manager Hugh Anderson pointed out Godolphin has had four impressive 2-year-old winners in England, Ireland and France in the past few weeks so Sheik Mohammed's cupboard of 2019 Classic contenders is overflowing. "She showed her class today". Thunder Snow will return to Churchill Downs for the second time in his career on Saturday and his human connections hope he has no memory of his first trip there.

One of the best-fancied European juveniles, Soldier's Call, missed the start badly, was hustled up by jockey Oisin Murphy and then exhausted in the stretch run to miss the frame. While the Triple Crown generally hosts North American 3-year-olds, the Breeders' Cup hosts 2-year-olds for "Future Stars Friday" while Saturday belongs to mares ages 3 and up.

"I think this race, it's a tough field", said Baffert, who saddles Collected, West Coast and McKinzie - the horse he originally tipped for the 2018 Kentucky Derby before a hock injury disrupted his season.



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