At this time of the year all the attention in the flat racing world starts to turn towards the US and the Breeders Cup, the 2010 edition is back at Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY, with many people pleased to see it back at the home of the Kentucky Derby. In recent years more and more European horses and trainers have decided to head across the pond to take on the best of North America, and with a fair amount of success as well with a number of horses from Europe going well on foreign soil, particularly in the races run on turf.
Over the past couple of years we have seen two European fillies in particular set the Breeders Cup alight and they both look well placed to do so again in 2010. Goldikova and Midday are two of the highest quality fillies around and both already have Breeders Cup wins on their record. Goldikova continues to break records having racked up 10 Group 1 wins so far, the Freddy Head trained horse is relentless and has to be the one to beat yet again in the Breeders Cup Mile this year. She has won the race for the past two years and a third successive win would be historic for Goldikova, she may be five now but is looking as strong as ever this season with some great performance and should have too much for the field.
Midday is perhaps not quite in the same class as Goldikova just yet but she is well on her way to greatness for her British trainer, Henry Cecil and connections have long been singing her praises and her win in the Breeders Cup Fillie & Mare Turf last year only served to back up that confidence. It is this year though as a four-year old that she has really come into her own, with impressive wins in the Nassau Stakes and Yorkshire Oaks in particular that have caught the eye and she will go to Churchill Downs in great form and will be a match for any US rival.
Many believe that Midday should be heading to Longchamp for the Prix L'arc de Triomphe but connections have made it clear she will go to the Breeders Cup and will be trained with that in mind. The clear favourite in the Breeders Cup Betting to win the same race this year and along with Goldikova she can secure an excellent double for the European Fillies in Kentucky.
As well as the European interest at the Breeders Cup this year, most are looking forward to the reappearance of Zenyatta in the Breeders Cup Classic. The Classic is the biggest race of the two day meeting and Zenyatta simply stole the show in 2009 to claim the victory. It was a special run as the superstar filly stormed past her rivals over the final couple of furlongs at Santa Anita. It was a sensational burst of speed from the winner and she will be back in 2010 going for back-to-back wins, she will face a tough task this year though with Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky set to oppose her. Zenyatta showed last year though that she is a match for even the best Colts on her day and she looks to have the class needed to get up once again in the $5million showdown.
The Fillies are the ones to watch this year at the Breeders Cup with Midday, Goldikova and Zenyatta all primed for big runs, they all have tough races ahead of them but at the same time they are the class types of the field in their respective races. The Breeders Cup as a whole this year looks like one to catch the imagination with horses from Europe mixing with the best from the rest of the world at Churchill Downs. It will be two days of spectacular racing as the Breeders Cup continues to grown in stature and prestige with every passing year, and with the potential line up in 2010 that trend looks set to continue.