Arc heroine is favourite for the Breeders' Cup Turf and should oblige despite a tough season
Aidan O'Brien and the Coolmore gang mulled over their options for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Found and ultimately decided to go for the Breeders' Cup Turf, for which she is the 2/1 favourite, rather than the Classic, and it is a decision that should be rewarded.
Had this race come a month or six weeks ago, Found would be a much shorter price for this assignment, but what must be taken into consideration ahead of Santa Anita's showpiece on turf is that the race comes on the back of a tough season and an especially tough campaign since September.
Drawn in stall 10, Found is still a confident selection but her triumph in Chantilly, sandwiched between two second-placed efforts in the Irish and English Champion Stakes, have to be something of a concern. That said, at 2/1, it would be disappointing if she can't hold off the likes of Flintshire and her stable companion Highland Reel while Ectot is a possible one for the each-way money.
One of the stars of the show tomorrow night will be California Chrome who is still seeking a first win at the Breeders' Cup meeting and he may still be waiting as Arrogate is in opposition and won't be overturned lightly.
The three-year-old, who gets a handy 4lbs from the favourite, emphatically won the Travers Stakes and this clearly progressive sort is given the nod to put in a personal best and end California Chrome's six-race unbeaten record.
Betting on the Turf Sprint is good and open as BoyleSports go 4/1 the field with Washington DC the current market leader.
Aidan O'Brien's charge could well be the one that helps him on the way to another Grade One success as he was a rapidly finishing runner-up at Chantilly the last day, but Pure Sensation looks more consistent and reliable.
A winner of each of his last three outings, he looks to have plenty going for him, having a good draw and being able to produce over five furlongs. At 7/1 with BoyleSports, it looks very generous.
Seventh Heaven would look to be one of the Ballydoyle hopes that can return to form and a repeat of her Yorkshire Oaks win over Found, or even her Irish Oaks win at the Curragh, should be good enough to see her oblige here.
It's fantastic to see the Grade One jump action returning at Down Royal tomorrow.
Having made the move from Willie Mullins to Gordon Elliott the admirable Don Poli will make his debut for Elliott in the JNWine.com Champion Chase which the same connections won last year with subsequent Gold Cup hero Don Cossack.
Trainer Paul Nicholls regularly targets this meeting and leaves no stone unturned again this year with Silviniaco Conti headlining the charge.
It looks an ideal starting point for the first two in the market with Elliott just to shade it with Don Poli, who could even turn out to be a Grand National horse next year.