Rock of Gibraltar Unlikley for Breeders' Cup Classic

Rock of Gibraltar is unlikely to run in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), according to the race manager of the colt's joint owner.

Responding to an article in the Racing Post urging trainer Aidan O'Brien to try the seven-time Group I winner on the Arlington Park main track, race manager Mike Dillon for co-owner Sir Alex Ferguson, tossed cold water on the idea.

"The horse's program has been fairly well mapped out and fairly well documented," he told the publication. "The two options for him for the remainder of the season are the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot and the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT). It will be one step at a time. We'll see what happens at Ascot and then see what happens at the Breeders' Cup.

"The horse seems happy (with) what he is doing at the moment and it wouldn't seem the time to change that. Ultimately (co-owner) John Magnier will have the final decision as to where the horse runs but he's never indicated any idea of running him in the Classic."