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Aidan O'Brien sends three stars to the US for Breeders' Cup prep

06 Oct 2021
Jon Vine 06 Oct 2021
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  • Three of Aidan O'Brien's stable stars will run in the US this weekend
  • Japan enters the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont
  • Empress Josephine and Order Of Australia will both run at Keeneland on Saturday
  • The Breeders' Cup is the plan for all three
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Order of Australia, ridden by Christophe Soumillon leads the pack towards the finish line in the Breeders Cup Mile. (Getty)

Aidan O'Brien sends three Group One winners to the US this weekend, with all three looking to establish themselves in the Irish Champion Trainer's Breeders' Cup squad.
First to run will be Japan, who enters the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont on Saturday. O'Brien's former Grand Prix de Paris winner met with traffic when second in the Sword Dancer Stakes on his US debut in August, and could go off as the favourite for that lucrative Grade One.

Order Of Australia returns to the scene of his shock Breeders' Cup Mile success on Saturday, when he enters the Turf Classic at Keeneland. This year's Irish 1000 Guineas winner, Empress Josephine will make her first US start in the First Lady Stakes on the same card, and Aidan O'Brien told the press today that all three arrived in America safely.

"They have travelled over to America well and taken everything in their stride." O'Brien said. "The plan is for Japan to run in the mile-and-a-half race at Belmont. He ran a very good race at Saratoga and looked a little bit unlucky. He has been in very good form since then."

"Order Of Australia and Empress Josephine both go to Keeneland and they have done well recently too. Obviously the Breeders' Cup is an option for all three, but we will take it one race at a time and see how they all get on this weekend first before making any decisions."

Order Of Australia will likely defend his Breeders' Cup Mile crown at Santa Anita on Saturday 6th November. Betfair make the defening champion a 5/1 shot to make it back to back Breeders' Cup wins, with Space Blues topping the betting ahead of Palace Pier and Poetic Flare.

If Japan impresses in Belmont on Saturday, his current price of 12/1 in the Breeders' Cup Turf betting is sure to be slashed. The natural target for Empress Josephine would be the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, for which Billy Mott's War Like Goddess tops Betfair's betting on 4/1.

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