Breeders' Cup Blog
William Hill's own Kate Miller gives us her take on The Breeders' Cup
As the song lyrics famously quote; ''what a difference a day makes''. And after a seriously good sleep I bounded through Gate Eight this morning ready to hound Cecil, Stoute, Meehan and co for intriguing Euro angles.
After getting caught out yesterday with the sharp temperatures I bundled into a vest, t-shirt, jumper, and jacket this morning, and feeling a little like a WWF wrestler, immediately ran into the the Gosden triumvirate - post workout.
I was delighted to see Utley - who carries the extra penalty of my money on his back - looking great in his coat. He's not the biggest sort, but he's blooming with health, and I think he has an excellent chance of giving John Gosden a third consecutive victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.
British punters clearly agree with me, as having been 12-1 with William Hill a week ago, he's now down to 5-1 to win on Saturday.
Brian Meehan who boasts the biggest string here out of any British trainer was in attendance with his four this morning. Theysken's Theory is a filly I keep coming back to. She's a half-sister on the dam side to Juvenile winner Stevie Wonderboy, but attracted attention in Britain in the summer with a nice Group three win at Goodwood.
She did very little wrong at Ascot in defeat last time out either, and both times I've seen her she's physically looked spot on. I am finding the 8-1 on offer very, very tempting indeed.
To my disappointment I missed seeing Midday this morning, and when asking one of my fellow British pressmen how Midday looked I got the useful response; ''Still brown.''
Thankfully, I did catch a minute with Henry Cecil where he added further fuel to the inappropriate crush I have on him by being as acerbic, and engaging as always. I've been unwavering about my opinions about Midday, and I do think she is as close to a 'good thing' as you can get. This has always been her target, and Henry Cecil - when plotting - is an authority beyond reproach.
Plumania - representing French legend Andre Fabre - is my each-way selection though. If you can ignore her poor run in last month's Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe, then her three-quarter length defeat at the hooves of Midday in the Prix Vermeille makes her a strong candidate for the placings.
We lingered in the cold for around 40mins to speak to Sir Michael Stoute about Workforce. He looks absolutely magnificent (Workforce - not Sir Michael). To prove so I'm going to summon all of my English colloquialisms to use at once. Of every single European horse I've seen - he looks the best (tip-top, blooming, the crème de la crème, in the pink, fit as a fiddle etc etc) to put it boldly. He's hot.
The British Press and Sir Michael Stoute have a little game that we like to play that he calls 'evasion'. We like to talk to him, and he likes to avoid us. Today though, he engaged long enough to tell us that they are taking it one day at a time with Workforce, and no decision has been made yet. I do think he'll run though, and if I had to offer odds I'd probably be something like 1/3 he runs, 9/4 he doesn't.
The crux of the matter is this; the horse is so special that he crushed a 15-year-old track record in Britain's most famous Flat race, and then he returned and beat an Arc field littered with Group One winners. The race should be his for the taking.