Breeders’ Cup: Victoria Road, Meditate & Mischief Magic win at Keeneland


Victoria Road edged out Silver Knott in a nail-biting finish to seal a double for jockey Ryan Moore and trainer Aidan O’Brien at the Breeders’ Cup.

Moore just held on by a nose after the runner-up, trained by Charlie Appleby, gained ground in the Juvenile Turf.

Meditate earlier stormed clear to give O’Brien his first Juvenile Fillies Turf win at Keeneland, Kentucky.

Appleby kicked off a European treble on day one as Mischief Magic gave him a fourth straight Breeders’ Cup win.

Ridden by Britain’s champion jockey William Buick, he came with a dramatic late surge to win the Juvenile Turf Sprint from fellow British challenger Dramatised.

Appleby, who enjoyed a treble at the meeting last year, looked set for a fifth consecutive triumph as 11-10 favourite Silver Knott finally found a gap and joined Victoria Road (5-1), but was beaten on the nod.

Earlier, Meditate had to go wide but the No Nay Never Filly stormed clear of her rivals and is now around 6-1 (from 16-1) for next year’s 1,000 Guineas.

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The Breeders’ Cup, also known as the thoroughbred world championships, sees 14 races over two days with prize money of more than $30m (£26m).

Saturday’s much-anticipated feature race will see US wonder horse Flightline, who won by 19 lengths last time, bid to land the Breeders’ Cup Classic (21:40 GMT).

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