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Best In The World - US star Flightline aimed at Breeders' Cup Classic

13 Sep 2022
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Jon Vine 13 Sep 2022
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  • Top US dirt horse Flightline is being aimed at the Breeders' Cup Classic
  • Flightline is undefeated in five starts
  • John Sadler's star earned an RPR of 140 for his 20-length triumph in the Pacific Classic
  • Flightline will stand at Lane's End Farm Stud when his career on the track ends later this year
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Breeders' Cup Classic race at Santa Anita Park on November 02, 2019. (Getty)

ITV Racing viewers will watch both of the world's highest-rated racehorses strut their stuff this Autumn.

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In October, William Haggas' star Baaeed will make the final start of his unblemished career in either the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, or the Champion Stakes on British Champion Stakes at Ascot.

On turf, Baaeed is unrivaled. His most recent victory in the Juddmonte International Stakes earned an Racing Post Rating of 138, a mark that only the great Frankel has bettered in recent years. However, across the pond in America, there's a horse rated even higher than Haggas' all-conquering four-year-old.

The name on every horse-follower's lips in America is Flightline, trained by John Sadler. Flightline is unbeaten in five starts, completing a hat-trick of Grade One wins by a combined winning distance of almost 40 lengths.

Sadler stepped Flightline beyond a mile for the first time in the Pacific Classic in September and Flavien Prat's mount relished the challenge. The odds-on favourite motored to an effortless victory, leaving Dubai World Cup winner Country Grammer trailing 20 lengths in his wake.


“Distance was a question today and he answered the question.” Sadler said following that incredible win at Del Mar.

“Did I think he could do that… win like that? Kinda, yeah. You don’t want to say it in front of the race, but now that he’s done it…(I can)."

Jockey Flavien Prat was gobsmacked by his mount's display.

“I didn’t expect him to move like that without my really asking,” Prat said. “I didn’t know a horse could do that. It was jaw dropping.”

Racing Post handed Flightline a staggering rating of 140 for his Pacific Stakes success. Renowned US rating system, Beyer awarded Sadler's star a speed figure of 126, the second-highest mark ever posted in the 30-year history of the publication.

This weekend, it was announced that Flightline will stand at Lane's End Farm Stud when his time on the track comes to an end. Before that happy moment of retirement, Sadler's star will head for the Breeders' Cup Classic, for which bet365 lists Flightline as their 8/11 favourite, ahead of Travers Stakes winner, Epicenter and Pegasus World Cup winner, Life Is Good.

The Pegasus World Cup could be on the agenda for Flightline if everything goes to plan at the Breeders' Cup, which takes place at Santa Anita Park on November 4th and 5th. Both days of the 2022 Breeders' Cup will be shown live in the UK on ITV Racing.

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