Ireland’s O’Briens make Breeders’ Cup a family affair

first_img The Turf, the richest grass race of the weekend, also features Ulysses, trained in England by Sir Michael Stoute. Other notable international stars in the Breeders’ Cup include: • Aidan O’Brien’s Seventh Heaven in the $2 million Fillies & Mares Turf today. The 3-year-old has already captured the Irish Oaks and the Yorkshire Oaks this season. The race also includes Japanese mare Nuovo Record, a career winner of just under $5 million. • Mongolian returning to defend his title in today’s $1 million Turf Sprint. The first Breeders’ Cup winner owned and trained by Mongolians was greeted in last year’s winner’s circle by a large group decked out in colourful native garb. ARCADIA, Calif. (AP): The Breeders’ Cup is a family affair for the O’Briens from Ireland. Horse racing’s international festival, the Breeders’ Cup features 13 season-ending championships worth a combined $28.5 million over yesterday and today at Santa Anita. Once again, many of the best runners in the world will assemble for the prize money and the prestige of taking home a trophy. Not surprisingly, the foreign contingent is led by Aidan O’Brien who brought 12 horses from his Ballydoyle training centre in Ireland. O’Brien is the leading international trainer in the Breeder’s Cup with 10 wins, ranking third overall. O’Brien’s horses have earned a collective $17.2 million in the series. O’Brien also brought along son Joseph, a former Breeder’s Cup winning jockey, now following in his father’s footsteps as a trainer. Joseph O’Brien rode St. Nicholas Abbey to victory in the 2011 Turf for his father. Now O’Brien, 23, could make history as the youngest trainer of a Breeders’ Cup winner if Intricately takes the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf. Joseph O’Brien retired from the saddle this summer after a losing battle to maintain riding weight. “The last few months I was riding became quite hard weight-wise. I don’t really miss it (the riding) and I love training now,” O’Brien said. Joseph O’Brien will have brother Donnacha aboard Intricately, a 6-1 shot who most recently captured the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland. Joseph’s biggest obstacle could be his father. Aiden O’Brien saddles two runners in the race: Roly Poly, the 4-1 choice and Hydrangea at 6-1. The star of Aidan O’Brien’s Breeders’ Cup crew is Found, the brilliant 4-year-old filly who returns to defend her title against the boys in the $4 million Turf. She rallied from far back to win last year over a rain-softened course at Keeneland. Conditions should be firm this weekend in sunny Southern California. As if Found wasn’t enough firepower, O’Brien will also send out Highland Reel, the Arc runner-up. Trained in Englandlast_img read more

Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw give Jose Mourinho a reason to smile

first_img Shaw’s winner Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw inspired Manchester United to an opening-day victory as they ignored background noise and their deadline-day frustration to overcome Leicester.Referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot in the second minute with none of the hesitation shown in Pogba’s run up to the spot-kick. The shuffling approach may well become a meme, but a superb finish past Kasper Schmeichel justified it. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes It wasn’t all one-way traffic and Leicester tested David De Gea on numerous occasions, but it was Shaw, who has endured such a rough ride from Mourinho, who was the unlikely hero.With seven minutes remaining, he flicked the ball around Leicester debutant Ricardo Pereira before sending a low left-footed strike home in front of a rocking Stretford End.Jamie Vardy pulled one back in stoppage time after Pereira’s cross came back off the post, and despite plenty of late pressure, United held on to seal a vital three points.Star man possible standings LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS The £52m summer signing looked like a man who had been playing at Old Trafford for years. Pogba and Shaw were excellent, but this was Fred’s Premier League debut and he looked totally at ease.Click here for talkSPORT.com’s full scout report.Moment of the match 3 How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Shaw has waited a long time for that moment. Scoring your first senior goal in front of the Old Trafford faithful, after all that he has been through at United, was a real moment to savour.Click here to see how United fans reacted to the strike. Pogba was immense Fred highlights ALTERED Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack 3 How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? impact NEW ERA Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more possible xi smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 3 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures gameday Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener last_img read more