Leading Group One winners So You Think, Treasure Beach, and Canford Cliffs were today nominated as possible Breeders’ Cup runners after handlers Aidan O’Brien and Richard Hannon used the open enrolment period to engage the leading European trio in the American highlight.
British Bookmakers William Hill responded to the news by making it an even money chance that one of the trio obliges in a BC race, and 66-1 that the triumvirate all win on Kentucky soil.
So You Think – could tackle another Group One victory on a third continent after wins in Ireland and Australia, and appears an early candidate for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Whilst Canford Cliffs, after taking the notable scalp of Goldikova at Royal Ascot earlier this month, could attempt to best the French mare again in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Recent Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach could also follow in the footsteps of previous Aidan O’Brien-trained winners in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
Kate Miller, spokeswoman for William Hill, said: ‘’After a tumultuous couple of years at the Breeders’ Cup it is great news that Aidan is already thinking ahead for two of the leading lights of Ballydoyle. Canford Cliffs, after his defeat of Goldikova at Royal Ascot could cause further heartbreak if downing the Mistress of the Mile again.’’