Breeders’ Cup: Brian Ellison eyes winning end to Mackem Bullet dream

A million-dollar race in the Breeders’ Cup signifies the end of a remarkable journey for the filly and trainer

Racehorses can take their owners and trainers on some unlikely expeditions but there are few in recent memory to match the journey with The Mackem Bullet that has carried Brian Ellison all the way to the Breeders’ Cup in Kentucky. “This is the dream,” he said on Wednesday as he watched her exercise on the track. “You stand here and watch all these beautiful horses, they’re the best of the best, and it’s nice to have one with a really good chance.”

The Mackem Bullet cost only £9,000 as a yearling, and made her debut in front of 1,000 paying spectators at Carlisle in May. She started at 22-1 and finished sixth. Just over five months later, she will go into the starting gate for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf at Churchill Downs, a million-dollar race at one of the sport’s most famous and iconic venues.

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