Auguste Rodin can cut a sharp shape at the Breeders’ Cup Turf in Santa Anita
Aidan O’Brien can celebrate victory at the Breeders’ Cup.
And November 4, 2023, will go down in racing history as the day Aidan O’Brien’s superstar racehorse, named after the French genius, chisels out a craftsman-like victory in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita.
The three-year-old colt has been aimed all year at the race which has a $4million purse.
He won the Derby in June, storming to victory at Epsom after underwhelming in the 2000 Guineas and then claimed the Irish Derby at the Curragh.
A poor performance at Ascot when last of ten was swiftly put in the rearview mirror when Auguste Rodin won the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown at the beginning of September.
He has since been tested and will relish the return to one mile four furlongs in California.
The Leopardstown success was on a flat left-handed track which sets him up nicely for Santa Anita and O’Brien is both enthusiastic and bullish about Auguste Rodin’s chances.
He’s currently 3/1 with Ladbrokes, Coral, Betway and Sky Bet to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf and should not disappoint his backers with Ryan Moore on board.
O’Brien can also enjoy success in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mares Turf with Warm Heart, first past the post in five of her last six outings, at 3/1 with Paddy Power and Betfair while Charlie Appleby’s Master of the Seas can add another victory for the European raiders by winning the Breeders’ Cup Mile at 9/2 with Unibet.
Jena Antonucci’s Arcangelo can make it four straight wins by taking the Breeders’ Cup Classic at a widespread 3/1 and River Tiber is 6/1 with Unibet to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.
Meanwhile, there won’t be a dry eye in the house if Cody’s Wish, wins the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile for a second year.
The horse has a remarkable association with young Cody Dorman, who has undergone 50 operations as he struggles to combat a rare genetic disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome.
The teenager is unable to walk or talk and uses subtle head movements to communicate through a tablet. Both the lad and the thoroughbred have an unbelievable connection when they meet.
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