Aidan O’Brien has raised the prospects of Found running in the Breeders’ Cup Classic by suggesting it is “very possible” she will head to Santa Anita.
The Classic is one of the few iconic Flat races in the world to have eluded the Ballydoyle supremo so far in his career.
O’Brien has come close in the past, with Giant’s Causeway and Henrythenavigator both settling for second place, while Declaration Of War was third in the mile-and-a-quarter showpiece.
Found’s sire, Galileo, finished sixth back in 2001 and that run gives O’Brien plenty hope that his Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine would cope with the dirt track at Santa Anita.
“It’s a bit (of an) unknown that she hasn’t raced on the dirt before. Galileo ran well in the Classic himself on dirt after a long gruelling season as a three-year-old.
Anything is possible with Galileo’s,” said the trainer. Found is priced at 12.00 to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Dubai World Cup hero California Chrome is 2.00 while fellow American hope Arrogate is 3.50.
Found has been incredibly consistent at the highest level this year, chasing home Almanzor in the Irish and English Champion Stakes either side of her Arc success at Chantilly in early October.
O’Brien has long held the desire to land the Breeders’ Cup Classic and he feels she would be suited to the test. “Found is an incredible mare.
She handles fast ground and soft ground. She seems very versatile, really,” he added. “She is a filly with a lot of tactical speed, but we know she stays a mile and a half. She has been very competitive in Group Ones from a mile up to a mile and a half.”