Champion Winner Twice Over May Run in Classic

Edited from press release


The Henry Cecil-trained Twice Overcaptured the final European leg of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge on Champions’ Day at Newmarket Oct. 17, winning the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes (Eng-I) and earning a possible berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I).


The winner of the 10-furlong contest is guaranteed a place in the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT), although Twice Over’s connection are more likely to look at the Classic if they do travel to Santa Anita.


The Emirates Airline Champion Stakes is the last of 11 European races in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge, an international series of 63 races whose winners earn qualifying positions into a corresponding race at the World Championships, following the payment of applicable entry fees on October 26.


Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to winning owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, said: “We hadn’t been looking at the Breeders’ Cup before today but he has come back and won this race very well, so the Classic would be under consideration. The question mark is that the race is on a surface that he’s never raced on.


“He had a tough race in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in June when he got mugged by three other horses on the line, then the Coral-Eclipse came a bit too soon afterwards. Henry did the right thing in giving him a break and then having two comfortable lead up races before today. He was aiming at this race for a long time and got the horse right,  that is the genius that is Henry Cecil.”


“The horse is better than he was last year and has improved with age,” Cecil said. “No matter how good a horse is, unless they are mentally enjoying themselves then they won’t do it.”


Prince Khalid’s Juddmonte Farms look set to be well represented at the Breeders’ Cup. “At the moment, we are likely to take Zacinto (TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile), Midday (Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf) and Spanish Moon (Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf),” Grimthorpe said. “Father Time may go for the Marathon and Famous Name could run in the Dirt Mile. Then we have Ventura and Proviso who are in America already.”


Also on the Newmarket card, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Beethoven captured the group 1 Jumeirah Dewhurst Stakes, and the Oratorio colt is under consideration for both the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.


“Beethoven’s very tough and just keeps progressing with every run and it’s possible he could go for the Breeders’ Cup--either the Turf or the race on the Polytrack,” said O’Brien. “The advantage he has is his experience. We also have Alfred Nobel, who is probably going for the Juvenile.”


Godolphin’s Buzzword, who finished a close fifth in the Jumeirah Dewhurst Stakes, will definitely be making the trip to California.


Trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: “We were very pleased with his run today, he ran a very solid race and was beaten by better horses on the day. We are going to aim him for the Breeders’ Cup for one of the Juvenile races but have not decided which one.”