One of the eagerly anticipated showdowns within the Breeders’ Cup seems to be off after coach Aidan O’Brien advised British media that his Oaks and Guineas winner Love might not race once more this 12 months.
“Love is perhaps completed for this season with subsequent 12 months in thoughts,” O’Brien advised Racing TV.
With three wins in as many begins this 12 months, all Group 1s, Love was a +162 favourite in European markets to win the $4 million Turf on Nov. 7 at Keeneland. Shortly after O’Brien’s assertion, she drifted to 2-1 together with her would-be rival Ghaiyyath, the Godolphin 5-year-old that has received three open Group 1 races this 12 months, shortening from 3-1 to turn into the brand new +175 favourite.
notion that the Breeders’ Cup Turf goes to characteristic Ghaiyyath and Love
arguably will make it one of the best 1 1/2-mile race wherever on the planet this 12 months
on turf,” Racing Put up‘s Scott Burton mentioned final week. Now that duel seems to be off till not less than 2021 if ever.
The Breeders’ Cup had already misplaced two futures favorites to retirement within the final three weeks. Pinatubo had been shortest priced within the Mile earlier than Godolphin introduced he was being retired to stud. Unstable had been favored within the Dash earlier than his racing profession was shut down by an damage.
Winner of the 1000 Guineas (G1), the Oaks (G1) at Epsom and the Yorkshire Oaks (G1), Love was on the right track to race final weekend within the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. In what would have been her first race in opposition to males, she was the second betting selection earlier than the promise of sentimental floor led O’Brien to withdraw her.
She in all probability wouldn’t have run on drier floor anyway after O’Brien’s Ballydoyle operation mentioned that it suspected contaminated feed prompted its remaining horses on the Arc card to fail drug exams, resulting in their being scratched.
O’Brien mentioned that Mogul, a 3-year-old colt that received final month’s Grand Prix de Paris (G1) over eventual Arc runner-up In Swoop, would possibly go to America, presumably to contest the Turf if he doesn’t race subsequent weekend in England.
“Mogul is a attainable for Champions Day at Ascot or the Breeders’ Cup,” he advised Racing TV.
European books shortened Mogul from 12-1 to shorter than 7-1 (+650) for the Turf, for which his stablemate Magical stays 10-1.
O’Brien was already within the information Friday after two of his horses, Snowfall and Mom Earth, had been disqualified from the Fillies’ Mile (G1) at Newmarket for carrying one another’s jockeys and saddle cloths. Snowfall was thought to have completed third at 50-1 earlier than the mistaken identification was found. The combo-up is more likely to result in a penalty for O’Brien.