Well Done Fox will be only contender to run in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint in colours of King Power Racing as a mark of respect to late Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
- All other entries will withdraw from Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint
- They are paying respect to their late owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
- The Leicester chairman was killed when his helicopter crashed on Saturday
Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint contender Well Done Fox will be the only horse to run this week in the colours of King Power Racing.
All other entries have or will be withdrawn as a mark of respect to their late owner, Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was killed when his helicopter crashed outside the club’s ground on Saturday night.
But trainer Richard Hannon, who earlier this week laid a wreath outside Leicester City’s ground, was en route to Kentucky on Wednesday to supervise the run of Well Done Fox who had travelled over to America on Friday.
Well Done Fox will be the only horse to race in Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint
Bloodstock agent Alastair Donald, who manages the King Power string, confirmed: ‘Well Done Fox Runs. We are not running anything else this week.’
Srivaddhanaprabha has been a major investor in British racing over the last two years and currently has around 70 horses in training.
Well Done Fox, the mount of William Buick, is a 12-1 shot for the $1million Juvenile Turf Sprint.
Meanwhile, John Gosden has said that although an injury disrupted season means his dual Arc winner Enable arrives at the meeting fresh for her run in Saturday’s $4m Turf after only two runs, he would have preferred the scenario of last season when the filly had a busy season, running seven times and winning five group one races.
Gosden said: ‘If I am being absolutely honest I would have liked to have brought her here off last season’s campaign. It was absolutely smooth and would have been on the crest of a wave. This has not been an easy year with her. She has been formidably strong in her mind to come through it.’
All other entries have or will be withdrawn as a mark of respect to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Enable will try to make history in the Turf. Eight previous Arc winners have tried to win a race at the Breeders’ Cup in the same season and failed.
Enable had a gentle work-out on the Churchill Downs Turf track on Wednesday under Frankie Dettori.
The Italian also exercised Gosden’s Breeders’ Cup Classic hope Roaring Lion on the Dirt track and gave him starting stall practise. Gosden brushed off concerns after the grey colt got very warm and returned covered in sweat.
He said: ‘He was just playing. It is totally him and this is a new place. He is seeing ponies and horses going in all directions. He also stood in the starting gate for four minutes before they could jump him. I’d be disappointed if he didn’t get warm. He won’t get warm tomorrow, I promise you.’
Rain forecast to last possibly until the end of Thursday arrived in Louisville shortly after noon yesterday. That could throw ground concerns, especially for Sir Michael Stoute’s Mile hope Expert Eye, who does not want soft ground.
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