Breeders’ Cup Turf: Yibir races through Broome to score a Grade One treble for William Buick and Charlie Appleby | Racing news


Yibir had three Grade One Breeders Cup victories for Charlie Appleby and William Buick with an energetic finish on the turf to deny Broome and Aidan O’Brien.

The Ballydoyle-trained five-year-old had kicked clear in the last corner, but was brought down by the three-year-old Godophin, who flew home from the outside to deliver a third victory for Appleby in two days.

British and Irish riders provided the top four at home, with Teona finishing third by Roger Varian and David Egan and Japan, ridden by Ryan Moore, in fourth.

Yibir and William Buick win 'The Breeders' Top Lawn
Yibir and William Buick win Breeders’ Cup turf

Speaking after the race, the winning rider said: “It is amazing to have this amount of success on the world stage and I really have no words.”

“I am in a very privileged position to work for Godolphin and ride these great horses. You face the best riders and best horses in the Breeders’ Cup, so the last two days have been incredible.

“I can’t believe what Yibir did today. He was stretching my arms for the first half of the race and I thought we were in trouble. He was amazing and he was great.”

Charmed Charlie Appleby added: “I am delighted with the team and they have done a fantastic job. A lot of credit goes to Shane Fetherstonhaugh as he leads Yibir and is not the easiest character.”

“To have three winners on this world stage is fantastic and it has been a great weekend for the Godolphin team.”

Oisin Murphy rides Marche Lorraine, middle, to victory at The Breeders' Distaff Cup
Oisin Murphy rides Marche Lorraine, in the middle, to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Favorite Tarnawa was a disappointment to Dermot Weld and Colin Keane, never getting into contention and ending up towards the back of the field.

At the Distaff Breeders ‘Cup, champion Jockey Oisin Murphy claimed his first Breeders’ Cup victory over Japanese outsider Marche Lorraine, beating Dunbar Road and José Ortiz in another photographic final on a night full of close contests.

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Yoshito Yahagi, Loves Only You coach, said it is a dream come true to become the first Japanese winner of a Breeders’ Cup race.

The favorite Letruska was unable to get to the front and was instead forced to go too fast to the front, with the prominent top three riders vanishing in the final two furlongs.

That doubled Yoshito Yahagi’s tally after Loves Only You took Filly & Mare Turf earlier on the card, with Japan recording their first Breeders’ Cup victories that night.


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