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Breeders’ Cup meeting 2018: day one – live!

Good afternoon from Churchill Downs in Louisville, the home of the Kentucky Derby and this weekend, for the first time since 2011, the Breeders’ Cup meeting too. Five of the contests on what is now a 14-race programme will be run later today, on what has been restyled as “Future Stars Friday”, the new home for the meeting’s juvenile events, and since three are on the turf, there are plenty of runners from Europe to look out for as they take on the best turf two-year-olds in the States.

Aidan O’Brien gave a big plug to the SubAir drainage system here when he was talking through his challenge yesterday morning, and the early news today is that, officially at least, it seems to have done its job. I say “officially” because the going on the turf is described as “good”, which seems astonishing in view of the drenching it received from early on Wednesday afternoon until late on Thursday.

Here you go.

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