BC Internationals: Mile contender Esoterique
Photo courtesy of Newmarket Racecourse via Twitter.
We continue our series of international blogs on the 2015 Breeders' Cup contenders with Esoterique, one of Andre Fabre's dynamic duo in the Mile (G1).
During her sophomore campaign in 2013, the well-bred daughter of Danehill Dancer captured the Prix Vanteaux (G3) and just missed to Flotilla in the French 1000 Guineas (G1). Esoterique earned her first Group 1 laurel in the 2014 Prix Rothschild (G1), and has doubled that tally this season as a five-year-old.
Her 2015 opened with a troubled third in the Prix du Muguet (G2) to Bawina (who's cross-entered to the Mile but listed the Filly & Mare Turf [G1] as her first preference):
Esoterique took on males in the Queen Anne (G1) at Royal Ascot (click link for replay) and finished second to the rampaging Solow, who's since extended his winning streak to nine.
Shortening up from a mile to 6 1/2 furlongs for the Prix Maurice de Gheest (G1), she encountered another male at the peak of his powers in Muhaarar. There was no luster lost in being outpointed by Great Britain's highest rated sprinter since Dayjur:
Once Esoterique got away from those titans, she's won two straight Group 1s. In the Prix Jacques le Marois (G1), she comfortably disposed of Territories, leaving ring-rusty 2014 Mile champion Karakontie back in sixth:
Esoterique reverted to distaff-only company for the Sun Chariot (G1) at Newmarket, in which she had been fourth last year, and knifed through between foes to assert. As discussed in a previous post, she has the profile of past females who have done well in the Mile.
For more insight into Esterique's form, check out the detailed international analysis at brisnet.com/cgi-bin/special_reps.cgi.
Brisnet.com has the Breeders' Cup PPs files available for all 13 races -- 4 on Breeders' Cup Friday and 9 on Breeders' Cup Saturday.
And stay tuned to TwinSpires for all things about the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland October 30-31, 2015