Delegator may take chance in Breeeders’ Cup

LAST year’s 2000 Guineas runner-up Delegator could run at the Breeders’ Cup if he shapes with credit in Saturday’s Victor Chandler Challenge Stakes at Newmarket.

The four-year-old was having his first start of the season in the Dubai Duty Free Cup at Newbury last month and made a winning return to action.

He finished fifth behind Goldikova in the Breeders’ Cup Mile last year, but there is also the possibility of him running in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

“Delegator worked this morning and he worked very well,” said trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

“He came back very well after his last race and it will be interesting to see how he runs.

“Even though he won last time I still think he was tired at the end of the race and that was because he’d been off a long time.

“He could go to the Breeders’ Cup again, we’ll see how he runs.”

Michael Hills believes his mount Red Jazz will take some beating, however.

The jockey has ridden the three-year-old, trained by his father Barry, in all his 12 races to date but misses this weekend’s Group Two engagement as he will be on his way to Woodbine to ride Redwood in the Canadian International.

Red Jazz has not won since landing the Free Handicap in April but he has run some creditable races in defeat, most notably when a close third to Poet’s Voice in the QEII at Ascot last time out.

“I thought he was going to win, but it was a terrific run. He hasn’t let me down all year, he’s been a real soldier for me,” said Hills.

“It’s just a shame this race is on Saturday. If it was on Sunday I could do the two. It was a mile last time and a career-best and I do believe over a mile is where he is going to end up.

“He’d been at seven all year, he’s got plenty of speed and I think the race is made for him.”

Meanwhile, John Gosden has been forced to pull the plug on Arctic Cosmos’ bid for the Canadian International at Woodbine on Saturday.

The three-year-old suffered a cannon bone injury when working on Saturday morning and was taken to the Equine Hospital in Newmarket for surgery. The operation was successful and connections have every hope he will return to action next season.

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