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Birchwood has been on the go since the spring. Purchased by Godolphin after capturing his debut at Doncaster and a salty conditions race at Newbury (race replays available at those links), the Richard Fahey trainee disappointed on ground that was a touch softer than ideal in the Rochestown at Naas:


But Birchwood left that loss well behind next time in the Superlative (G2) at Newmarket, where he downed the well-fancied Air Vice Marshal from the Aidan O’Brien yard. A troubled fifth in the Vintage (G2) back on rain-softened going at Glorious Goodwood, the son of Dark Angel was most recently third to Europe’s top juvenile, Air Force Blue, in the National (G1) at the Curragh:


For insight into Birchwood’s form and an appraisal of his chances, check out the detailed international analysis at 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 as always, you can place your Breeders’ Cup bets and get the latest wagering information here at