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O'Briens have Excel-lent chance in Mile

Irish interest at the Breeders' Cup tonight will be at a high as arguably one of the best racehorses in training at the moment lines up for Aidan and Joseph O'Brien in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Now that Frankel is beginning to enjoy his retirement, Excelebration is one of the highest rated colts still in training and he proved just how good he was when annihilating the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes field on Champions Day at Ascot a fortnight ago.

Having suffered with Frankel as his nemesis for the last two seasons, Excelebration has finally got to prove just how good he is in his last two runs as he landed Group One's at Deauville and the aforementioned success at Ascot, and he would be worthy of a third in a row at Santa Anita tonight.

It could be a good night for the O'Brien's as they also have last year's Breeders' Cup Turf winner St Nicholas Abbey back to defend his crown.

O'Brien is double handed in the race with Treasure Beach also facing the starter, but it is hard not to stick with St Nicholas Abbey back on his preferred quick ground.

Last time out in the Arc he failed to land a blow on heavy ground but a repeat of his Irish Champion Stakes effort may well be enough to make it back-to-back wins at the Breeders' Cup meeting.

In the Juvenile Turf a tentative choice is given to O'Brien's Lines Of Battle who is the apparent second string of the Ballydoyle duo with Ryan Moore on George Vancouver. But Lines Of Battle may defy his odds and run a big race under Richard Hughes.

The big one is the Classic in which there is no Irish representation and it is hard to overlook last year's runner-up Game On Dude for American Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.


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