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Ribchester gets the go-ahead to tackle world Approval in Breeders’ Cup Mile

• Europe’s leading miler gets thumbs-up from Richard Fahey
• ‘He’s in great order and he’s eating well,’ says trainer

Britain’s challenge for the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar strengthened significantly on Thursday when Ribchester, the leading miler in Europe this season, was given the go-ahead to line up for the Mile in California in nine days’ time by Richard Fahey, his trainer.

Ribchester was beaten a length by Persuasive in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot last Saturday, when the soft going did not play to his strengths, but he has recovered swiftly from his exertions there and is sure to enjoy the much quicker ground when the Breeders’ Cup is staged in San Diego for the first time next week. He has taken three Group One races already this season, including a one?and?a-quarter length success in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

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