Aidan O’Brien pleased with Breeders’ Cup plans


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Trainer Aidan O’Brien has admitted he is pleased with his plans after seeing his Breeders’ Cup team take to the track at Del Mar on Thursday.

The Ballydoyle handler has sent 14 of his team to California as he tries to create more history after a superb season back home.

Ahead of a busy weekend, O’Brien sent his team for a canter around the track with his horses running on both the dirt and turf for the first time.

Among his team were Breeders’ Cup Classic contender Churchill, defending Turf champion Highland Reel and Rhododendron.

O’Brien admits he is pleased with their current condition and he is enjoying the occasion after travelling to Del Mar for the first time.

He told reporters: “They all cantered on the track and they all seem to be fine. I think we’ve got chances of sorts wherever you look.

“There are highs and lows, negatives and positives to be gleaned from what happened this morning, and we’ll know more about that when I speak to the lads.

“The track is what’s written on the tin. It’s a lovely place to be, for both people and horses.

“We have a big team and as always we are hoping for the best.”

Churchill is priced at 17.00 to win the Breeders Cup mile but he faces tough competition against the likes of Arrogate and Gun Runner, who is the 2.75 favourite for the big race this weekend.

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