Master Trainer Aiden O’Brien targets the Breeders Cup as a key end of season target for many of his top young and seasoned horses. Therefore the 2017 edition will be no exception as the globetrotting superstar Highland Reel will head the strong European challenge. With prize money now at a high of $28 million following the increase last year you can expect however that he will not be getting it all his own way.
One horse that will be expected to head over will be one of his star 2 year old fillies in Happily. Happily has continued to improve throughout the year as many of O’Brien’s young horses seem to do that culminated in victory in both the Group 1 Moyglare stud stakes and the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Arc day.
She has now won on 4 of her 6 starts including her last two so if travelling over will be one of the favourites to triumph. The horse racing odds for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf have her at 7/2 currently with the key challenge expected to come from the US horse Rushing Fall. The Chad Brown trained horse has won both his starts to date that culminated in a clear 3 and a quarter victory over Stainless in a Group 3 at Keenland at odds of 9/10. With both horses having had stellar 2017’s it will be interesting to see how the form stands between the top young horses from both the US and Europe. Check out the infographic below that covers all you need to know about the Breeders Cup and the key contenders from the US and Europe.