Hopes high for Raging Bull in Breeders' Cup Mile

Classy five-year-old set to clash with Pinatubo at Keeneland.

  • Wednesday 07 October
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Connections of Raging Bull believe he will head to Keeneland next month with a “very live chance” of landing the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Chad Brown’s five-year-old was an impressive winner of the Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita in May.

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

Since that facile success, the five-year-old son of Dark Angel has finished third in the Maker’s Mark Mile, fifth in the Fourstardave Handicap and was narrowly beaten second in last weekend’s Turf Mile.

Raging Bull’s potential opponents at the Breeders’ Cup include the Charlie Appleby-trained Pinatubo.

Michel Zerolo, racing manager to Raging Bull’s owner Peter Brant, told Sky Sports Racing: “I believe his last 10 races have been 10 Group Ones, so he’s always been at the highest level.

“He had to carry a 5lb penalty all through his four-year-old year, so that wasn’t easy, and I wouldn’t say he benefited from the best ride last time at Keeneland – I think he should have won that race.

“I think he would have a very live chance in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.”

Raging Bull is one of several Breeders’ Cup contender for Brant, who last weekend saw his colours carried to Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe glory by Sottsass.

Sistercharlie won the Filly And Mare Turf in 2018 and was third when defending her crown 12 months ago.

She holds an engagement in the Flower Bowl Stakes at Belmont this weekend, which she won last year, but Brant is more likely to be represented by Sistercharlie’s stablemate and half-sister My Sister Nat.

Zerolo added: “I’m not sure if she (Sistercharlie) is going to run (in the Flower Bowl) – it’s still up in the air.

“She’s very well, (but) she’s had a bit of a disappointing year so far.

“My Sister Nat is a half-sister to Sottsass and Sistercharlie and I believe she is the one that will be running in the Flower Bowl.

“I think that’s what Mr Brant wants to do. It has to be confirmed with Chad (Brown), but that would be the plan from what I understand.

“If she wins the Flower Bowl, you’d have to go to the Breeders’ Cup.”

Dunbar Road was fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff last year and remains on course for a return to the showpiece meeting, despite being beaten at cramped odds in the Beldame Stakes at Belmont last Sunday.

Zerolo said: “The Breeders’ Cup is very much on the agenda.

“She wasn’t ready the other day. She got a long break after the Delaware Handicap and just needed to get the kinks out of her – she was a little rusty.

“Hopefully you’re going to see a much improved performance.”

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

Hopes high for Raging Bull in Breeders' Cup Mile
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