Breeders' Cup French fancies - Flintshire and Anodin head strong Gallic challenge

Flintshire prepares for his run in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita

French raiders have an impressive record at the Breeders' Cup and Flintshire is rated the best hope of another Gallic success in this year's Santa Anita showpiece.

Andre Fabre took the Breeders' Cup Turf with Shirocco back in 2005 and returns in search of more glory with this Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe runner-up.

The ultra-consistent four-year-old has also finished second in the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom this season and won last year's Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp.

Teddy Beckett, racing manager to owner Prince Khaled Abdulla, said: “He seems to have come out of his race in the Arc very well and he ran very well to finish second to Treve in that.

"We think he’s in good order and he’s had a relatively light season, so I am hopeful that he’ll go well on Saturday.” Freddy Head secured a place in Breeders' Cup folklore when training wonder mare Goldikova to land a hat-trick of victories in the Mile on turf and he has another worthy contender this term in Anodin.

This four-year-old has been placed in a series of elite-level contests this season behind the likes of Cirrus Des Aigles, Toronado and Kingman and few would begrudge him a major prize.

“I have been pleased with him all week, he is relaxed and doing everything right. I think he should go well,” said Head, who also prevailed in this race twice as a jockey on board the mighty Miesque.

French 2,000 Guineas hero Karakontie has been hampered by a wide draw here but could be dropped in for a late challenge and would enter calculations if back to the form he showed when enjoying Classic success for handler Jonathan Pease at Longchamp in May.

Flaxman Holdings bred the colt and racing manager Alan Cooper said after a solid gallop on the turf  track: “The horse is very well, he’s back to his racing weight after his trip over and is thriving here at the track. His trainer couldn’t be more happy with him.”



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Breeders' Cup French fancies - Flintshire and Anodin head strong Gallic challenge

French raiders have an impressive record at the Breeders' Cup and Flintshire is rated the best hope of another Gallic success in this year's Santa Anita showpiece.

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