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Frankie Dettori wins Breeders’ Cup Turf on Enable to complete dream double

• Enable passes Aidan O’Brien’s Magical in final furlong• Dettori earlier took the Mile on Expert EyeFrankie Dettori took charge of the 35th Breeders’ Cup here on Saturday as he completed an exceptional double aboard Enable, the Arc winner, in the Bree…

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Breeders’ Cup meeting 2018: day one – live!

Live updates from the first day of the Breeders’ Cup meetingEnable is primed to break the big-meeting hoodooSend your emails to Greg here or tweet @Greg_Wood_ 6.24pm GMT Good afternoon from Churchill Downs in Louisville, the home of the Kentucky Derby…

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Breeders’ Cup: Enable is primed to break the big-meeting hoodoo

Frankie Dettori’s mount is aiming to succeed where eight other Arc de Triomphe winners have failed and add a win at the Breeders’ Cup to her victory in ParisWhen Dancing Brave went into the stalls before the Breeders’ Cup Turf in 1986, he was, in the m…

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Talking Horses: Samcro aiming to bounce back with a bang at Down Royal

Champion Hurdle favourite makes his eagerly-anticipated return at Down Royal after losing his unbeaten recordThe Breeders’ Cup gets under way later today with five juvenile events at Churchill Downs, including three races on the turf track with a stron…

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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 trainerRacehorses can take their owners and trainers on some unlikely expeditions but there are few in recent memory to match the journey with The Ma…

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Breeders’ Cup: wet weather continues to blight buildup to meeting

Both the dirt and turf tracks are showing clear signs of their overnight drenching as the countdown continuesThe good news from Churchill Downs on Thursday morning is that the rain which started around lunchtime on Wednesday has stopped. The bad news i…

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Breeders’ Cup: wet weather continues to blight buildup to meeting

Both the dirt and turf tracks are showing clear signs of their overnight drenching as the countdown continuesThe good news from Churchill Downs on Thursday morning is that the rain which started around lunchtime on Wednesday has stopped. The bad news i…

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Rain may scupper Roaring Lion’s bid for Breeders’ Cup Classic glory

• Ground change may force colt’s withdrawal from big race• Odds on Turf favourite Enable in good form under DettoriA distinct air of apprehension attended the trackwork here on Wednesday morning as trainers and jockeys went about their business prepari…

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Rain may scupper Roaring Lion’s bid for Breeders’ Cup Classic glory

• Ground change may force colt’s withdrawal from big race• Odds on Turf favourite Enable in good form under DettoriA distinct air of apprehension attended the trackwork here on Wednesday morning as trainers and jockeys went about their business prepari…

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Rain may scupper Roaring Lion’s bid for Breeders’ Cup Classic glory

• Ground change may force colt’s withdrawal from big race• Odds on Turf favourite Enable in good form under DettoriA distinct air of apprehension attended the trackwork here on Wednesday morning as trainers and jockeys went about their business prepari…

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Kentucky Derby winner Justify a credible Triple Crown contender

Justify heads to Preakness and Belmont with prospect of history after Mendelssohn’s slow start and early bump ended his raceRyan Moore said before Saturday’s Kentucky Derby that there were “a couple of what could be exceptional horses in there‚“ and in…

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Justify reigns in the rain at Kentucky Derby as Mendelssohn flounders

• Justify becomes first winner not to race as juvenile since 1882• Mendelssohn fails in bid to be first European-trained winnerMendelssohn’s ambitious attempt to become the first European-trained winner of the Kentucky Derby floundered on a sloppy, rai…

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Kentucky Derby 2018: Mendelssohn and O’Brien aim to make history – live

Mendelssohn is bred for his date with destinyEmail: greg.wood@theguardian.com | Tweet: @Greg_Wood_ 9.53pm BST Vino Rosso (stall 18, 14-1) is an interesting runner in the big one, as John Velazquez had a few options and came down in favour of the Wood M…

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Mendelssohn is bred for his date with destiny in the Kentucky Derby

A few weeks after cantering to an 18-length win on a dirt track, the colt trained by world-record holder Aidan O’Brien bids to become the first European winner of the US’s greatest race“It dominates their sport,” Ryan Moore said this week, “in the same…