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Monday 21 August 2017

It's a Must' win for Weld's raider

THE Irish flat season may have drawn to a close but we are well represented across the globe over the coming days and hopefully the travels will be worthwhile for some of the connections that have made the trip to either America or Australia.

Starting by looking at the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita and there is a real strong European challenge over there and Dermot Weld's Mustajeeb definitely has a big chance in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Dermot has enjoyed a great season and has suddenly found himself in a rich vein of form and with some really nice horses again but Mustajeeb is running over a trip that is probably just a shade further than ideal for him as seven or seven and a half furlongs looks his perfect distance and I'm not sure if he'll be able to hold Toronado.

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Richard Hannon's horse is a more experienced and battle-hardened horse and that makes a big difference when you go that far so hopefully Mustajeeb and Pat Smullen will be able to see it out over the last furlong and if so, they could be celebrating in Rosewell again.

I must say that this weekend could be a tale of the jockeys. It would be absolutely fantastic to see Jamie Osborne have a winner there with Toast Of New York and obviously that would mark a very special way for that horse's rider Jamie Spencer to signal the end of his career ... or would it?

This weekend is one of Spencer's last on the big stage but you just wonder that if he could win a Breeders' Cup Classic whether he'd look at the likes of Gary Stephens and maybe reconsider.

It's great to see Gary making a return to the Breeders' cup after a very serious knee operation and one of his rides over the weekend is Sivoliere who runs in the Juvenile Fillies Turf and being a daughter of Sea The Stars I would naturally love to see them win although this could be one for Frankie with Osaila.

Ryan Moore continues to earn raving praise no matter where in the world he goes and himself and Michael Stoute could enjoy a good weekend in California.

I thought Telescope would be a tough nut to crack in the Breeders' Cup Turf as the early pace could suit him and I hope Frankie has the velcro on his breeches as he's riding Chicquita who was up to her old tricks again last time out!

It would be a fairytale for Willie McCreery and Billy Lee if they could win the Fillies' & Mares and you never know ... maybe it is written in the stars for them, but I think Stoute's Dank is going to be able to defend her crown after being trained to come back here by Sir Michael.

I had some very good days and some very tough days at the Breeders' Cup. Losing on Rock Of Gibraltar was a hard one to take but winning on High Chaparral was fantastic and they are the days you remember.

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