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Shareta York - 23.08.2012

Shareta: quicker ground will help her at Santa Anita in Breeders' Cup Turf

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Quicker ground would aid Shareta in Turf bid

LEADING Breeders' Cup Turf fancy Shareta should be much better suited by conditions at Santa Anita than when she disappointed in the Arc, connections said on Sunday.

The four-year-old was chasing a Group 1 hat-trick in the Arc, after wins in the Prix Vermeille and Yorkshire Oaks, but heavy ground was a factor in her finishing ninth of the 18 runners, beaten 12 and a half lengths, behind Solemia at Longchamp.

The Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained filly is 3-1 co-favourite for the Turf with Coral, with last year's winner St Nicholas Abbey and leading US hope Point Of Entry, who was reported to have worked well on Sunday.

Shareta is owned by the Aga Khan, whose racing manager Georges Rimaud told the Racing Post: "Shareta remains in good form and you would have to imagine that the faster ground she is likely to get in America is likely to suit her better than the deep going that she unfortunately encountered here on Arc day."

Shareta had won at York on good to firm and took the Vermeille on good to soft ground.

Point Of Entry was said to have worked best of the Belmont track workers on Sunday morning, the triple Grade 1 winner going four furlongs in 47.61 seconds in company with multiple graded stakes winner Boisterous.

"We've seen him do that before, but I'm not so sure I wasn't as impressed or more with him today as I've ever been," trainer Shug McGaughey told reporters.

"Just the way he did it. He came on the turf course full of life. He reared up when we came on there. I'm really, really pleased with the way he went."

St Nicholas Abbey finished two places behind Shareta in the Arc and was last year a ready winner of the Turf at Churchill Downs for Aidan and Joseph O'Brien.

It was warm and sunny in the Los Angeles area on Sunday, and although temperatures are due to drop as the week wears on, they are set to be no lower than 22C for the two-day Breeders' Cup meeting that starts on Friday.

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