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Foreign Runners You Should Know

Posted by Webster Washington on 8/21/2016 4:49:57 AM

Before we move much further into the discussion of Breeders' Cup betting favorites, the foreign element should get some attention. Horses from outside of North America have done very well in the Breeders' Cup before, particularly on grass. Here are some top foreign runners you should know:

Tops on Turf

CHATAUQUA - This 5-year-old gelding has been crushing the competition in Australia and could well be the favorite if he ships for the BC Turf Sprint. Considered by some as the best sprinter in the world, he proved his worth in his last outing in May when he came from 12-lengths back to win the G1 Chairman's Sprint Prize in Hong Kong. If there are better turf sprinters stateside, we haven't seen them.

POSTPONED got on a run in his 4-year-old season and hasn't let up, winning six straight in England and Dubai. His latest was the G1 Juddmonte International at Yorkshire just a few days ago, and he could have a busy schedule ahead. He's eyeing both the G1 Irish Champion Stakes next month and the Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe in October before tackling the Breeders' Cup Turf. His big competition from the states would be Flintshire.

Others to Consider

SOLOW - This British turf specialist has been set back this year with an injury and has had only one start, a stakes win in France. Last year he won everything he ran, from England, to France to Dubai - six races in all, and five of them Group 1. Currently pointed to the Breeders' Cup Mile, a turf race, Solow may get in a prep race beforehand. His current rivals in North America would be Flintshire and the turf filly, Tepin.

THE GREY GATSBY - The Irish bred has not fared too well in Europe since taking the Irish Champion almost two years ago. But he's been in the money in races against other strong runners like Solow and Golden Horn, so he's aiming for another shot at the Irish Champion, before the decision is made on his entry in the Breeders' Cup Turf. Tepin and Flintshire, right now are better.

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