Group 1 Winner Belbek Will Skip The Breeders' Cup And Return In 2023

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Nurlan Bizakov's homebred Group 1 winner Belbek (Fr) (Showcasing {GB}), successful by a neck in the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere earlier in the month, will not travel for the Breeders' Cup meeting at Keeneland, and instead enjoy the winter off. Trained by Andre Fabre, the colt also won the G3 Prix du Bois in June.

“He's done for the year, we decided he did not need to run again,” said Fabre. “I don't see him having any problem in staying a mile next season, he would have had no problem in staying it this season, it's just that he has already had five runs and I don't think he needs to run again.

“Obviously, we will run him in a prep race next spring to see if he is good enough for the English Guineas.”

Fabre also provided an update on Place Du Carrousel (Ire) (Lope De Vega {Ire}), who won the G1 Prix de l'Opera, but a Breeders' Cup bid is not on her dance card either.

“She won't go to the Breeders' Cup, I'm not a fan of the course [Keeneland],” said Fabre. “She will stay in training and be back next year. She's very lightly raced.”

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