David O’Meara’s Mondialiste will attempt to claim another big-race success in North America when he runs in the Shadwell Mile at Keeneland on Saturday.
With the Woodbine Mile and the Arlington Million already on his CV, the six-year-old is possibly rated higher across across the pond than in Britain as he was also placed in last season’s Breeders’ Cup Mile when second to Tepin, who runs on the same card.
Jockey Danny Tudhope told the Yorkshire Post: “This jet-setting horse is giving me another trip Stateside as we head to Keeneland for the Shadwell Turf Mile. Fingers crossed for another memorable day. If he carries his form from Arlington Park 400 miles to Kentucky, he’ll go well.”
Tepin faces some familiar names to racegoers on this side of the Atlantic in the First Lady Stakes as Michael O’Callaghan’s Now Or Never represents Ireland, while Jeremy Noseda will give Nemoralia the chance to shine.
They face a huge task against the Queen Anne winner, though, who is reported in fine fettle as she attempts to extend her winning run to nine races.
“Our feeling was it would be better to run her against fillies and hopefully get a little easier race this time out, and it should set her up nicer for the Breeders’ Cup,” trainer Mark Casse told www.bloodhorse.com.
“That being said, I’m not saying that the fillies are easy to beat, either.
“There are some really good fillies in there, but we just thought it would be a little easier.”
O’Callaghan is hopeful of a big run from his filly.
He said: “It’s a Grade One and a mile on the turf. At home, these kinds of races are pretty much finished up for the year.
“She is Group One-placed and a Group Three winner. We gave her a break after Ascot.
“She was a close fourth. She was in the lead a furlong out and just got caught.
“She loves the weather her e and is really thriving. She may stay here for next week’s Queen Elizabeth (II Challenge Cup).
“We will see how it goes this Saturday.”