Magnier to Breeders' Cup: Come to Europe

Coolmore Stud's John Magnier has reportedly called for Breeders' Cup Ltd. to stage its World Thoroughbred Championship Day races in Europe in alternate years.

According to the Racing Post, Magnier's views of holding the Breeders' Cup in Europe are contained in Coolmore's annual brochure. Magnier, in partnership with Michael Tabor, won this year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile with Johannesburg.

In his comments, Magnier equated the Breeders' Cup being held in Europe and the U.S. with attracting an international audience on a level with golf's Ryder Cup, according to the Post. Magnier acknowledged that for the Cup races to visit Europe every other year would require considerable cooperation and financing on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Post quoted Magnier as having a "vision of a European racecourse being able to stage the Breeders' Cup every second year on the finest dirt track conceivable".

Magnier further states his belief that future Breeders' Cups be held in locations with climates similar to previous host sites of Churchill Downs (Kentucky), Belmont Park (New York), and Woodbine (Canada) and of Arlington Park, the Illinois site where the 2002 races will be staged.

"They ensure that European horses are not handicapped by swapping the cool box of their autumn for the heat and humidity that can turn the likes of Florida and California into something approaching mission impossible," Magnier reportedly said.