Saffron Beach Benched, BC Off Table


Saffron Beach |

Saffron Beach (Ire) (New Bay {GB}), a Group 3 winner in two starts, will skip an intended engagement in the Breeders' Cup and will instead point to next year and the G1 English 1000 Guineas. Trained by Jane Chapple-Hyam, the chestnut won on debut at Newmarket in September and then saluted in the G3 Oh So Sharp S. there on Oct. 9.

“She's going to have a rest now, before she comes back for the Nell Gwyn and the Guineas,” said trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam. “The main reason we're not going is the owners wouldn't be able to attend, and also she'd had two quick runs, so it's best for her that she has a break with next year in mind. We'll have the opportunity to travel with her next year.

“She's just a natural. She was a late developer–but as soon as she got fit, the fitter she got the better she got. Looking at her pedigree, most have got better with age, so that's what we've got to look forward to. That's why I think the best thing to do is rug her up now, and look forward to next year.”

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