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Breeders' Cup 2016: O'Brien has Found key to Turf success
Adam Houghton looks at Aidan O'Brien's record at the Breeders' Cup and his best chances of success in 2016.
Even by his own exceptionally high standards, Aidan O’Brien has enjoyed a season to remember in 2016 and Minding’s victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot last Saturday took him to within four of Bobby Frankel’s record for number of Group/Grade 1 victories in a calendar year.
The master of Ballydoyle narrowly missed out on his 22nd top level success in the final Group 1 of the year in UK and Ireland – Yucatan finished a length and a quarter second in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster – but there remains plenty of valuable prizes to be plundered around the globe and it would take a brave soul to suggest O’Brien doesn’t have the necessary ammunition to break the record set by the legendary US handler in 2003.
The Breeders’ Cup is a meeting O’Brien has attacked with real vigour in recent years – he saddled 11 runners at the two-day extravaganza in 2011 – and he seems to be assembling a typically strong squad for the 2016 edition of the ‘World Championships’ of horse racing, which is set to take place at Santa Anita on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November.
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