Breeders Cup Mile Runner by Runner

1. One Master

Trainer – William Haggas

Jockey – James Doyle

One Master was a surprise winner on the Qatar Prix de la Foret at the Arc meeting for trainer William Haggas – who was so unlucky in the main event with Sea of Class. One slight drawback is that this filly has never raced over a mile and will need a career best to overcome the market principles.

2. Next Shares

Trainer – Richard Baltas

Jockey – Tyler Gaffalione

Next Shares arrives here - despite being big odds, in solid form and bidding for a hat-trick. Won the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (G1) at Keeneland last time out.

3. Happily

Trainer – Aiden O’Brien

Jockey – Wayne Lordan

It seems a long time ago that Happily – a daughter of Galileo, was sent off favourite for the Irish 1000 Guineas. She has had a difficult campaign and has not won a race since October last year, and yet after that, she finished in last year’s Juvenile Fillies Turf. However, she’s highly thought of at home, and to be fair to her, she has come up against some of the best in the game.

4. Polydream

Trainer – F Head

Jockey – Maxime Guyon

Polydream representing the French, holds strong claims in this race having won the Prix Maurice de Gheest (G1) at Deauville back in August. She had excuses latest in the Prix de la Foret, when being badly hampered when delivering a challenge. With a clearer passage, will surely be in the frame.

5. Oscar Performance

Trainer – Brian Lynch

Jockey – Jose Ortiz

It just wouldn’t be the Breeders Cup without Oscar Performance. There was much concern when he was pulled up at Arlington Park but he returned to winning ways in the Woodbine Mile in September. Won the Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita in 2016.

6. Almanaar

Trainer – Chad C Brown

Jockey – Joel Rosario

Eighth behind Next Shares in the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes at Keeneland earlier this month, and has many lengths to find based on that for.

7. Expert Eye

Trainer – Sir Michael Stoute

Jockey – Frankie Dettori

Much improved this season after disappointing in the Dewhurst and the end of the last. Won the Jersey Stakes in emphatic style at Royal Ascot in June, before finishing a close second in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Good chance of adding an International win to the trophy cabinet.

8. I Can Fly

Trainer – Aiden O’Brien

Jockey – Jamie Spencer

Fine effort when finishing a neck second to Roaring Lion in the QEII at Champions Day a fortnight ago. Was fourth to the impressive Laurens in the Sun Chariot Stakes after winning the Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown. Has progressed all year into a consistent and reliable filly. Likeable character.

9. Hunt

Trainer – Philip D’Amato

Jockey – Flavien Prat

One of the big outsiders, hardly anything to go by in terms of wanting to back this 6yo gelding, and better to be ignored.

10. Catapult

Trainer – John Saddler

Jockey – Drayden Van Dyke

Not to be confused with the Clifford Lines English horse, Catapult won the Del Mar Mile (G2) in the buildup to this, but has been off since late August. Each way claims.

11. Lightning Spear

Trainer – David Simcock

Jockey – Oisin Murphy

With Ribchester now retired, Lightning Spear has had a fairly free campaign, where he hasn’t just spent the whole year chasing down the latters shadow. Third in the Queen Anne this year, his long wait for a Group 1 came in the Qatar Susses Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, beating Expert Eye, who also lines up here. First trip to the US will also be his last on a racecourse before retirement. Bidding to go out with a bang.

12. Analyze It

Trainer – Chad C Brown

Jockey – Irad Ortiz Jr

Fourth to Next Shares in the Shadwell Turf Mile (Almanaar back in eighth), and was an unlucky second in the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park. Was sent off a short price, and is held in high regard.

13. Gustav Klimt

Trainer – Aiden O’Brien

Jockey – Ryan Moore

Another horse representing Ballydoyle from Ireland, and another with much consistency in their name. Has always run creditably for O’Brien, and finished an excellent third in the Haydock Sprint Cup behind The Tin Man. Aside from that, most of his performances have come over this distance, and was only two lengths down on Lightning Spear at Goodwood.

14. Mustashry

Trainer – Sir Michael Stoute

Jockey – William Buick

Has won five of his last seven races at varying distances; most notably the Shadwell Joel Stakes over the mile at Newmarket last time out. Looks in fine form at the moment, and arrives here bidding for a hat-trick.

15. Divisdero

Trainer – Kelly Rubley

Jockey – Jevian Toledo

Fifth to Oscar Performance in the Woodbine Mile in September, and age is starting to creep up on him. Younger horses preferred.

16. Clemmie

Trainer – Aiden O’Brien

Jockey – Andrea Atzeni

Very much the unforgotten horse back home, Clemmie has not built on the success she enjoyed as a juvenile. Since winning the Cheveley Park Stakes last campaign, she did sustain an injury which kept her sidelined for the best part of nine months, and that has brought her progress to a halt. Best effort this year came in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown, but never landed a blow finishing third.

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