ravens passRaven’s Pass (Elusive Quality) with Frankie Dettori aboard
(Matthew Stockman/Getty)

The Americans have dubbed it the World Championship, and this weekend they dubbed the Breeders’ Cup Classic as “CURLIN versus the World”.

The race failed to live up to its billing as far as the CURLIN factor was concerned, but what it did highlight was the remarkable strength in depth of this year’s European three-year-olds.

Princess Haya’s RAVEN’S PASS (ELUSIVE QUALITY) showed continued improvement as he strode away from his early season’s nemesis HENRYTHENAVIGATOR (KINGMAMBO) in convincing fashion. The two were meeting for the fifth time this season with ”HENRY” taking the last three, and RAVEN’S PASS the two most recent of their renewals.

In another highlight of the meeting, Summerhill stalwart Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum must’ve been delighted with the runner-up effort of EAGLE MOUNTAIN (ROCK OF GIBRALTAR), who was having only his second seasonal start for Mike de Kock in a race in which the tables with CONDUIT (DALAKHANI) might have been turned, if “the EAGLE” had enjoyed the benefit of one more race in his preparation. Nonetheless the Sheikh will be consoled by the fact that Mike de Kock’s charge’s appearance will be set for a tilt at Dubai’s $5 million Group One, Sheema Classic.

From a Summerhill perspective, events at Longchamps in the Prix Royal Oak (Group One) will have warmed the hearts of the men in our stallion barn as SOLSKJAER’s brother YEATS, notched up his seventh Group One and fourteenth career victory, by one and a half lengths.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN’s big showing on the turf will be encouraging news to those that have their eyes on Summerhill’s ROCK OF GIBRALTER juvenile colt, as he goes to under the hammer at the Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale, at Gosforth Park on Sunday.

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2 November 2008