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There was some brilliant racing at the Breeders Cup, particularly on Saturday when the best older horses came to the fore. There was a fine ride by Ryan Moore on Auguste Rodin, though the race did rather fall into his lap. It was an exceptional training performance to keep this colt going so long and to bring him back after two substandard runs. It's always good to see the Derby winner go on and underline the Epsom form, but AR is probably not the best 3yo middle distance colt in Europe - the Arc winner was truly exceptional.

Other highlights for me was Inspiral's gritty display in holding off Warm Heart, Cody's Wish proving that he is head and shoulders above the rest over 8f on dirt, and Idiomatic and Elite Power creating a great win double for Juddmonte in my favourite racing colours. And Bill Mott proving once again what an absolute class act he is. He has none of the stetson-wearing brashness of some of his fellow US trainers.

Perhaps the most thrilling race was the Turf Sprint with Live In the Dream blazing down the back like a quarter horse and then being reeled in by the closers Aesop's Fables and the winner Nobals. Nobals - hmm, a rather inane name for an outstanding sprinter. Drawing a veil over that, what astonishes me is that a son of the 10/12f Group 1 winner Noble Mission (by Galileo) can show such blistering speed and tenacity over possibly the sharpest 5f in the world. I'm sure Lady Cecil would have been looking down on it all with quiet pride.

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