Breeders' Cup Still the Plan For Mishriff


Mishriff | Coady Photography/VidHorse

Three-time Group 1 winner Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}) will still race next at Del Mar's Breeders' Cup meeting in early November, as long as he remains well. The John and Thady Gosden trainee, who won the G1 Prix du Jockey Club last term, ran fourth in the G1 Champion S. at Ascot on Oct. 16.

He kicked off his season with a victory in the $20-million Saudi Cup on dirt in February and added Meydan's G1 Dubai Sheema Classic back on turf at the end of March. Third in the G1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown in July, the Prince A A Faisal colourbearer went one better in the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. at Ascot later that month and won the G1 Juddmonte International S. by six lengths at York on Aug. 18.

“John [Gosden] wants everything to be right for us to go, but that [Breeders' Cup] is his next target,” said Prince Faisal's racing manager Ted Voute. “It was spoken about on Sunday, and the early indications were that he came out of the race okay. At the moment we've all been told to act as if we're going, and the horse will let us know whether he's ready.

“John and the Prince will decide where to go. I suspect they'll go to the [GI Breeders' Cup] Turf–although just glancing through the [GI Breeders' Cup] Classic, I'd be happy to consider that race as well.

“It's up the Prince and John really–and it's down to Mishriff and his wellbeing. All the boxes have got to be ticked, and I'm sure John and the Prince will make the right decision.”

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