Timeform pick out three bets from Del Mar on the opening day of the 2017 Breeders' Cup.
"Bill Mott’s filly took a while to find her feet, but has been wildly impressive on her last two starts..."
Mor Spirit and Sharp Azteca set the standard in the Dirt Mile, but both are unproven on the idiosyncratic Del Mar track, and a chance is taken on previous C&D winner Cupid. A decent pace looks on the card, with Cupid fancied to pounce late.
Mendelssohn is fancied to come out on top and provide Aidan O'Brien with a fourth winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Fitted with first-time blinkers, Mendelssohn showed much improved form in chasing home stable companion US Navy Flag in the Dewhurst last time, a repeat of which would make him very much the one to beat here.
The main event on Breeders' Cup Friday is the Distaff, and this can go the way of up-and-coming three-year-old Elate. Bill Mott's filly took a while to find her feet, but has been wildly impressive on her last two starts, both in Grade 1 company. She is taken to get the better of Forever Unbridled and Stellar Wind.
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(All from Del Mar)