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Ulysses out of British Champions Day and saved for Breeders’ Cup

• ‘Breeders’ Cup the objective for a very long time,’ says Ulysses owner
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Ulysses, one of the stars of this Flat season and the winner of two top-class races, has dropped out of British Champions Day and will instead go straight to the Breeders’ Cup next month. After mulling the possibility of a tilt at the Champion Stakes on Saturday, connections have decided against cramming one extra race into the horse’s busy autumn.

“The Breeders’ Cup has been the objective for a very long time, really since he was fourth there last year,” said Alan Cooper, racing manager for the Niarchos family that owns Ulysses. “We weighed it up and felt that Saturday is just too close to the Breeders to ensure that he could be at his best when he goes there.

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