Running Found in Breeders’ Cup Classic would have been unfair – Aidan O’Brien

• Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner switched to Santa Anita Turf
• ‘John Magnier didn’t want to risk her, he knew that she’s irreplaceable’

Aidan O’Brien, whose 12-strong team for the Breeders’ Cup meeting this weekend is the biggest of his career, said on Tuesday that the decision to switch Found, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner, from the Classic to the Turf had been taken because it would have been unfair to ask her to make her dirt debut in one of the strongest fields the Classic has seen.

The late change of heart on Found’s target here was confirmed only on Monday morning, when she was declared for the Turf rather than the Classic, which had been listed as her “first preference” engagement. The switch means that O’Brien will be double-handed in the Turf, in which his colt Highland Reel, the King George winner, is also a leading contender, but the trainer said that John Magnier, the prime mover in the Coolmore Stud syndicate which owns Found, had been “more comfortable” sending the Arc winner back to the Turf, a contest which she won at Keeneland 12 months ago.

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