Found: Arc winner could take on California Chrome at the Breeders' CupPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Found given Classic option at Breeders' Cup
ARC heroine Found is under consideration for a tilt at the Breeders' Cup Classic, according to trainer Aidan O'Brien.
The Galileo filly scored the second of her three Group 1 victories in the Breeders' Cup Turf last year but connections have raised the possibility of a mouth-watering clash with California Chrome in the Classic.
Speaking at Leopardstown on Sunday, O'Brien said: "We've decided to put Found in the Breeders' Cup Classic and she will be entered for the race in the morning. Whether or not she runs in the Classic hasn't been decided.
"She's also in the Breeders' Cup Turf, which she won last year, and we'll wait a bit longer before deciding which race she will go for and what other horses we'll be taking to Santa Anita."
Following the news, Betfred inserted Found into their Breeders' Cup Classic market at 12-1. California Chrome heads the betting at even-money, ahead of Arrogate (5-2) and Frosted (8-1).
Highland Reel, the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner and Arc runner-up, is likely to represent Ballydoyle in the Breeders' Cup Turf.
The coveted Classic
Ballydoyle has long since coveted the Breeders' Cup Classic, which over the years has been a magnet for several of Coolmore's best-known names, from Giant's Causeway and Galileo to So You Think and Gleneagles.
Success in North America's senior race has been elusive, however, and even ended in tragedy at a muddy Monmouth Park in 2007 when the gallant George Washington was put down owing to injuries sustained in the race.
Aidan O'Brien nearly struck gold with his very first Classic runner, the 'Iron Horse' Giant's Causeway in 2000. On the dirt at Churchill Downs, the six-time Group 1 winner went down by a neck after a memorable stretch battle with tough-as-teak Tiznow as he won the first of his back-to-back successes.
Aidan O'Brien's Breeders' Cup Classic near misses
2000 Giant's Causeway, Churchill Downs (dirt), Mick Kinane, 7.6-1, 2nd of 13
2008 Henrythenavigator, Santa Anita (AW), John Velazquez, 11-1, 2 of 12
2013 Declaration Of War, Santa Anita (dirt), Joseph O'Brien, 9-2, 3 of 11