James Fanshawe set to end 30-year wait for runner at Breeders' Cup
James Fanshawe is set to end a 30-year wait for a runner at the Breeders' Cup with Audarya poised to tackle the Grade 1 Maker's Mark Filly & Mare Turf on November 7.
The four-year-old is set to jet out to Keeneland next Thursday and will do so in top order after her excellent third in the Group 1 Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp on Arc day.
Audarya, who was running in handicaps earlier in the season, was beaten less than a length that day by Irish filly Tarnawa after previously landing the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville in August on her first start at the top level.
Fanshawe said: "It's exciting to be having our first runner at the Breeders' Cup and Audarya worked nicely this morning, so the intention is to run.
"The closest we've got to having a runner was in 1996 when it was staged at Woodbine and we won the Grade 2 E P Taylor Stakes at the track the following day with Wandering Star."
Audarya was partnered on both French outings by Ioritz Mendizabal and the plan is to keep the partnership at Keeneland, for which the daughter of Wootton Bassett is a 14-1 chance with Paddy Power.
Fanshawe added: "Ioritz knows his way around the US tracks having won an Arlington Million so it makes sense to keep the partnership going.
"We've always thought a lot of Audarya but it was one step forward and two back in the early stages of her career. After she won a handicap at Newcastle in the summer we had the Romanet in mind as we've won it before and happily it came off."
On her latest effort at Longchamp, Fanshawe added: "Audarya ran an excellent race, but there wasn't much coverage of it afterwards. Most of the attention seemed to focus on the winner Tarnawa and Jessica Harrington's filly Alpine Star who finished second."
Other British interest in the 1m4f contest could also include Angel Power, trained by Roger Varian, who won a Group 3 at Newmarket last time as well as the John Gosden pair Terebellum and Mehdaayih.