Beschizza carries British hopes of dirt winner on Breeders' Cup card

Jockey is now based in America.

  • Friday 06 November
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By Jon Lees

The chances of a rare British success on dirt at the Breeders’ Cup are entirely in the hands of Adam Beschizza, who has two rides including a live outsider in the Dirt Mile.

Former Newmarket-based jockey Beschizza, 28, will have his second and third rides at the championships on Silver Dust (Dirt Mile) and Bon Raison (Sprint).

Watch the 2020 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland live on Sky Sports Racing (Sky 415 | Virgin 535) on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November.

He previously rode at the 2018 event, staged at Churchill Downs in Louisville, which has become his home since he moved to the United States three years ago, but was out injured 12 months ago.

Silver Dust, trained by Bret Calhoun, tackles a hot looking Dirt Mile, for which Kelso winner Complexity is favourite in a field that also contains last year’s Preakness winner War Of Will and Art Collector, fourth in this year’s version.

The six-year-old is without a win in 2020, but finished third to Tom’s D’Etat and By My Standards, two horses that line up in the Classic, on his last two starts.

“Under Bret’s patient guidance, Silver Dust has become a solid and consistent horse,” said Beschizza.

“What will suit him is the mile distance at Keeneland. We race to the first wire, which is a short stretch run, which will play into his favour. He has a short turn of foot so usually he can’t quite sustain it for a quarter of a mile, but he can for a furlong and a half.

“As long as we get a break from the gate, it could be quite interesting. It’s going to be all about gate position with that short stretch run, but hopefully we can get out smartly and hold a stalking position.”

In Britain, Beschizza is best known for completing the autumn double, riding the winners of the 2015 Cambridgeshire and Cesarewitch on Third Time Lucky and Grumeti.

The rider, nicknamed ‘Biscuit’, took a speculative trip to the US in 2017, but found the experience so rewarding he has not returned.

He was top jockey at the 2018-19 Fair Grounds meet, made his debut in this year’s Kentucky Derby, finishing seventh on Enforceable, who he rides on Friday’s Breeders’ Cup undercard. During the summer he passed 300 US winners and has 63 wins to his name this year.

Among the stables he now regularly rides for is that of Jack Sisterson, the Durham-born trainer of Bon Raison, who is in his third season as main trainer to Calumet Farm.

“Bon Raison was claimed by Calumet Farm out of a race at Saratoga as he was a Calumet home-bred,” said Beschizza. “They got him for $80,000 but he made most of that back last time.

“He is 30-1 on the morning line. He likes to come off the speed. He won a five-runner race last time at Keeneland over six furlongs. He is probably going to have to do it the hard way, being pinned up on the inside, but I think he has found a bit of confidence now.

“Jack has had a Grade One winner already. Of the last six I’ve ridden for him, four have won, so his horses are in good order. I got to know him when he was assistant to Doug O’Neill and we have been good friends since then.”

Watch the 2020 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland live on Sky Sports Racing (Sky 415 | Virgin 535) on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November.

Beschizza carries British hopes of dirt winner on Breeders' Cup card
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