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2022 Breeders' Cup News - Five European raiders to watch out for at Keeneland

01 Nov 2022
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Jon Vine 01 Nov 2022
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  • Five European horses to watch out for at the 2022 Breeders' Cup
  • This huge meeting takes place at Keeneland on Friday and Saturday
  • Midnight Mile and Silver Knott will represent the raiders on day one
  • Nashwa, Kinross and Rebel's Romance could land lucrative prizes on Saturday

Kinross
Frankie Dettori riding Kinross win The Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot. (Getty)

UK and Irish horses will be well represented at the Breeders' Cup, which takes place at Keeneland this weekend.

The leader of the raiding party is Highfield Princess, who'll take on home favourite Golden Pal in the Turf Sprint in Saturday's second ITV race. Richard Fahey's flying juvenile, The Platinum Queen has been a revelation this season and she'll kick off the meeting in Friday's Juvenile Turf Stakes.

Here are five further European raiders for US fans to watch out for at the 2022 Breeders' Cup.

Midnight Mile


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Meditate tops the market for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf on Friday. Aidan O'Brien's Royal Ascot winner has done her best work over six furlongs this season and wasn't particularly convincing on either of her starts over seven, so her stamina has to be questioned over this extended trip.

Lining up in opposition is The Platinum Queen's stablemate, MIDNIGHT MILE. Richard Fahey's filly is unbeaten in two starts this season, following a surprise win on debut at Doncaster with an even more shocking Group Three triumph at Newmarket, where she returned odds of 22/1. By No Nay Never out of a Galileo mare, Midnight Mile should have no trouble seeing out eight furlongs on good Keeneland ground.

Silver Knott


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Charlie Appleby won this race with Modern Games 12 months ago and the boys in blue have high hopes for this year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf favourite, SILVER KNOTT.

Barring a poor effort in the Champagne Stakes, where William Buick's mount hated the soft ground, Silver Knott has looked highly progressive this season. Appleby's colt came through from off the pace to win the Autumn Stakes last time out. The second and third that day, Epictetus and Holloway Boy repeated those placings behind Auguste Rodin in the Group One Vertem Trophy next time out, so Silver Knott's form heading into the Breeders' Cup is rock solid.

Nashwa


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Along with The Platinum Queen and Highfield Princess, a third top European filly will make her Breeders' Cup debut this weekend. Hollie Doyle will partner NASHWA, who won the Prix de Diane at Chantilly before following up with a peerless performance in the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

John and Thady Gosden's three-year-old ran a blinder from a wide draw when second in the Prix de l'Opera on Arc day at Longchamp - finishing ahead of Above The Curve and Tuesday in the process. The team has always said that Nashwa is at her best on quicker ground, so Saturday's going should suit her perfectly.

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Hollie Doyle riding Nashwa (green) win The Qatar Nassau Stakes during day three of the Qatar Goodwood Festival. (Getty)

Kinross


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KINROSS has been one of the stars of the 2022 flat racing season in Europe. Ralph Beckett's five-year-old travels to Keeneland looking for his fifth win on the bounce, having followed two Group Two wins with outstanding victories in the Prix de la Foret and the Champions Sprint.

Good ground probably isn't ideal. Modern Games and Dreamloper will be better suited by this eight-furlong trip too. That being said, Space Blues was also pigeon-holed as a seven-furlong specialist and he managed to stretch out and land this prize at Del Mar 12 months ago. Who's to say that Kinross can't achieve a similar feat under the enigmatic Frankie Dettori?

Rebels Romance


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US racing followers will be very familiar with Nations Pride, winner of the Saratoga Derby and the Jockey Club Derby at Belmont on his last two starts on US soil. A new name for home fans to look out for is REBEL'S ROMANCE, who will line up against his stablemate in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Turf.

Since returning to Europe from Meydan, Rebel's Romance is undefeated. Charlie Appleby's charge landed two lesser graded prizes in England, before registering back-to-back Grade One victories in Germany on his last two starts. Alpinista won the very same Group Ones in Germany last year and she went on to land the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe last month. Rebel's Romance looks well-placed to run a huge race in Saturday's final turf contest.
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