Awesome foursome create history at the Breeders’ Cup
Spectacular victories for Cody’s Wish, Modern Games, Rebel’s Romance and Mischief Magic ensured Godolphin became the first owner and breeder to win four races at a single Breeders’ Cup meeting at Keeneland over the weekend.
Cody’s Wish provided one of the stories of the meeting, with his namesake Cody Dorman on hand to watch his battling head victory over Cyberknife in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Now a dual G1 winner, Cody’s Wish will return to racing next year, with another Breeders’ Cup appearance at Santa Anita in 2023 the ultimate aim for the Curlin colt.
Modern Games had already enjoyed Breeders’ Cup success in last year’s Juvenile Turf and the Dubawi colt joined a select group to win two races at the meeting, this time storming home to take the Breeders’ Cup Mile. He looks set to remain in training as a four-year-old and could tackle some of Europe’s premier mile races next season.
Rebel’s Romance started the year as a potential Breeders’ Cup Classic contender, having powered to victory in the 2021 UAE Derby. Since switching to turf, the son of Dubawi is unbeaten in five starts, with Saturday’s impressive success in the Breeders’ Cup Turf completing a hat-trick of G1 wins.
Friday saw Mischief Magic show an impressive turn of foot to take the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint – a race in which his full-brother Sound And Silence was beaten a head in 2017. The Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot is a long-term target for the speedy Exceed And Excel colt.
In Australia, Anamoe met with his first defeat since April as he came home fourth behind Zaaki in the G1 Champions Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.The Street Boss colt had already enjoyed a sensational spring carnival, notching four straight G1 wins including the Cox Plate.
Hartnell ran well in the Champions Stakes in 2019, when the race was known as the Mackinnon Stakes, finishing a close third on his final racecourse appearance.
Since his retirement, Hartnell has enjoyed a successful second career in the showring and the flagbearer for the Godolphin Lifetime Care program will be parading daily at Equitana Melbourne between Thursday and Sunday.