Brilliant Ghaiyyath Demolishes Juddmonte International Rivals to Gain Automatic Berth into Longines Breeders' Cup Classic
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Ghaiyyath Completes a Group 1 Hat Trick
YORK, YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND (Aug. 19, 2020) – Godolphin’s Ghaiyyath (IRE) extended his winning streak to four after galloping his rivals into submission in the Juddmonte International Stakes (G1) at York on Wednesday, a victory that secured him a guaranteed start in the US$7 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is a series of stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions and fees paid into a corresponding race of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which is scheduled to be held at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, on Nov. 6-7.
The Juddmonte International is the first of three Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races to be held this week during York’s Ebor Festival. It will be followed Thursday with the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (G1), a “Win and You’re In” for the US $2million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1), and on Friday with the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (G1). The Nunthorpe winner will earn a free berth into the US$1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1).
The Juddmonte International is the only “Win and You’re In” qualifying race for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic to be run in Europe this year.
Trained by Charlie Appleby, Ghaiyyath, the 11/8 favorite, had already beaten Stradivarius (IRE) in the Coronation Cup (G1) and Enable (GB) in the Coral-Eclipse (G1) so far this season. Using his horse’s speed effectively in the Juddmonte International, his jockey William Buick led throughout once again as he defeated a top-class field to win by 3 lengths. It was a first victory in the race for both jockey and trainer.
Appleby, a three-time Breeders’ Cup winning trainer, said: “I’m delighted with that. It is an honour to have a horse like this on our hands and what a fantastic ride by William. It was a lovely race to watch, he got into a lovely rhythm and coming up the straight the others came to challenge, but I was always confident. “Most importantly, it’s important for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and the team to have a horse like this on our hands. He’s not let us down this year and as I said right at the start of the year, he’s more the finished article now. I’m just delighted for the whole team.”
When asked whether he’d be tempted to bring Ghaiyyath to the US for the Breeders’ Cup, Appleby identified the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) as the more likely target: “The Breeders' Cup Turf over 1 ½ miles around two turns would be his gig.”
Ghaiyyath, a 5-year-old bay son of Dubawi (IRE) out of the Galileo (IRE) mare Nightime (IRE), completed the about 1 ¼ miles in 2:07.38 over a course listed as good. Bookmakers SkyBet make Ghaiyyath 4/1, from 13/2, for the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf.
As a part of the benefits of the Challenge series, the Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees for Ghaiyyath to start in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic, which will be run at 1 1/4 miles on the dirt track at Keeneland. Breeders’ Cup also will pay the US$150,000 in entry fees for Ghaiyyath to run in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, should his connections decide to enter that race instead. Breeders’ Cup also will provide a travel allowance of $40,000 for all starters based outside of North America to compete in the World Championships. The Challenge winner must already be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program or it must be nominated by the Championships’ pre-entry deadline of Oct. 26 to receive the rewards.
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The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred horse racing’s year-end Championships, as well as the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The Breeders’ Cup is also a founding member of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, an organization composed of industry leaders committed to advancing safety measures in Thoroughbred racing and improving the well-being of equine and human athletes.
The 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Championship races, is scheduled to be held on November 6-7 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky and features a total of $35 million in purses and awards. The event will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media.
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