BC Internationals: Mile contender Time Test
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Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) hopeful Time Test could be the next star on the horizon for Juddmonte Farms.
Trained by Roger Charlton, the three-year-old son of Dubawi and French Group 1 heroine Passage of Time has spent much of his time this season going longer. He rallied from far back to win a big 10-furlong handicap at Newbury, the "London Gold Cup," going away (click link for replay). And he followed up by thrashing his foes in the Tercentenary (G3) over the same distance at Royal Ascot, becoming one of the stories of the marquee meeting.
Time Test was handed the acid test versus Golden Horn in the Juddmonte International (G1), but like the heavy favorite, he didn't put his best foot forward on York's rain-softened ground. After that subpar fourth, Time Test cut back to a mile for the September 25 Joel (G2) at Newmarket and readily overhauled Custom Cut.
Charlton was pleased with Time Test's recent work at Wolverhampton, as posted on his website:
Time Test worked well at Wolverhampton on Thursday [October 15] under Ryan Moore and the plan is that he departs for Lexington, Kentucky next Saturday to enable him to run in the Breeders Cup Mile. Wolverhampton were most accommodating, allowing us to use the stalls which were positioned similar to how it will be in Keeneland and he worked a mile with two lead horses. He looks very well and is in a good place. At this stage it is tricky to know exactly what will turn up, but it appears that Esoterique will prove to be the greatest danger. A good draw will be essential.
As a Time Test fan, I hope that he adapts as well to the turning mile at Keeneland.
For insight into Time Test's form and an appraisal of his chances, 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.