Cropped photo from Newmarket Racecourse via Twitter.
The Hannon yard has had Breeders’ Cup disappointments over the years, but perhaps Illuminate can dispel the gloom for Richard Jr. in the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).
The daughter of top European freshman sire Zoffany made a splash in her debut when surprising better-fancied stablemate Great Page at Salisbury (click link for replay). Up in class, and a furlong, for the Albany (G3) at Royal Ascot, Illuminate answered every question. She had to work harder next time in the Duchess of Cambridge (G2) at Newmarket, but showed determination in a three-way finish.
Freshened until the September 26 Cheveley Park (G1), Illuminate appeared to have Lumiere in her grasp, only to see her highly-regarded rival fight back:
For insight into Illuminate’s form and an appraisal of her chances, check out the detailed international analysis at brisnet.com/cgi-bin/special_reps.cgi.
Brisnet.com has the Breeders’ Cup PPs files available for all 13 races — 4 on Breeders’ Cup Friday (30th) and 9 on Breeders’ Cup Saturday (31).
And stay tuned to the TwinSpires blog for updates on the 2015 Breeders’ Cup contenders.