The Breeders’ Cup provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the quality of British trainers and having so many Team British Racing entries this year is a testament to their talent and hard work.
— Carter Carnegie / International Executive of Great British Racing

Team British Racing has assembled a 16-strong raiding party for next week's Breeders' Cup meeting, which takes place over two days - Friday 31st October and Saturday 1st November - at Santa Anita in Los Angeles.

The entries were announced yesterday for America's end-of-season championship fixture, which this year boasts prize money of $26 million (£15.66 million) for its 13 races.

The ten Great British Racing trainers represented include four that have already tasted success during the Breeders' Cup's 31-year history - Sir Michael Stoute, Brian Meehan, Ralph Beckett and Charlie Hills.

Hills, who will be defending a perfect record at the fixture having last year won with his very first runner, Chriselliam, in the Gr.1 Juvenile Fillies Turf, has the largest involvement with three entries. They are Just The Judge (who is engaged in the Filly & Mare Turf and the Turf), Kiyoshi (Mile) and Commemorative (Juvenile Turf).

Stoute, the most successful British trainer ever at this meeting with six wins, has two strong candidates in Dank, who will be defending her Filly & Mare Turf crown, and Telescope, who will bid to give his handler a fifth success in the Turf.

Team British Racing's contingent also features four Breeders' Cup first-timers in Hugo Palmer, Jamie Osborne, David Brown and Charlie Fellowes.

Palmer is set to saddle his Gr.3 Solario Stakes winner, Aktabantay, in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. 

He said: "It's hugely exciting to have a horse good enough to take to the Breeders' Cup. I have only been training for three and a half years and you could say that it is the culmination of a dream, though of course my aspirations and ambitions go some way beyond my first good horse, which is what Aktabantay is."

"He has been in absolutely fantastic shape since he finished sixth in a Longchamp Gr.1 two and a half weeks ago, that's why he is heading for Santa Anita. His run at Longchamp was encouraging and unlucky in equal measure. He was buried on the rail and had to challenge wide and late and was only beaten just over two lengths." 

"The conditions of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf are exactly what he has been crying out for. He is undoubtedly a fast ground horse, so the fast ground should suit him as should the likely strong pace. He is a very well balanced horse, so I can't see why the tight turns should be an issue, and he has also been screaming out for this step up in trip."

Every Team British Racing runner at the Breeders' Cup will wear a specially commissioned high tech Union Jack rug. Invented and manufactured by Fenwick Equestrian, these are made of a new Liquid Titanium Fabric, which promotes general wellbeing and can reduce the build-up of lactic acid.

Carter Carnegie, International Executive of Great British Racing International, said: "The Breeders' Cup provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the quality of British trainers and having so many Team British Racing entries this year is a testament to their talent and hard work."

Extracts from European Bloodstock News/TB Owner & Breeder (p)

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