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Royal Ascot Leads To Breeders Cup

Royal Ascot form will contribute to the international challenge for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup races at Churchill Downs in November.
Royal Ascot features four Breeders Cup ‘Win and You’re In’ races starting with the G1 Queen Anne Stakes on the opening day on Tuesday as a qualifier for the BC Mile.
The G1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes on June 20 (BC Turf), G2 Norfolk Stakes on June 21 (BC Juvenile Turf Sprint) and the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes on June 23 (BC Turf Sprint) also offer prized free berths in Breeders Cup events on November 2-3.
Earlier results in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series include:-
Breeders’ Cup Turf: Two qualifying races run have been so far in South America. Haras de Moro’s 3YO Quarteto De Cordas, a son of Rock Of Gibraltar, won the Gran Premio Brasil at Gavea over a mile-and-a-half while Haras de la Pomme’s 4YO mare La Extrana Dama was an easy winner of the G1 Gran Premio 25 de Mayo, also over a mile and a half, at San Isidro in Argentina.
Breeders’ Cup Mile: There have been four international qualifiers so far in 2018. The two-time South African Horse of the Year Legal Eagle won his third G1 Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth in January; Australia’s Happy Clapper took the G1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick in April; Stud Don Alberto’s 4YO homebred Nuevo Maestro recorded his ninth straight victory in the 1¼-mile G1 Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella at Club Hipico in Chile when he was upgraded from second on the disqualification of stablemate Penn Rose for interference; and Mozu Ascot, a son of Frankel, who won the G1 Yasuda Kinen over a mile at Tokyo on June 3.
Connections have indicated that Nuevo Maestro is a likely runner at Churchill Downs.
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf: Drakenstein Stud’s Australian-bred 3YO filly Oh Susanna took the nine-furlong G1 Carter Paddock Stakes at Kenilworth in January and the Godolphin filly Alizee won the G1 Coolmore Legacy Stakes over a mile at Randwick in April.
Breeders’ Cup Classic: Nonkono Yume won the one mile G1 February Stakes on the dirt at Tokyo.
Breeders Cup Distaff: The only qualifier so far is Sinfonia Fantastica, who won the G1 Gran Premio Criadores at Palermo in Argentina in May.
The Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees for all winners of a ‘Win and You’re In’ race should their connections elect to run and a $40,000 travel allowance for all starters based outside North America.
Another 19 international qualifiers will be run after Royal Ascot - one in South America, two in Japan and 16 in Europe.


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