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Star horse Mostahdaf set Breeders’ Cup alternative with Irish Champion ruled out

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Only in the event of an exceptionally dry autumn would Juddmonte International winner Mostahdaf run again in Europe this year, according to racing manager Angus Gold

Mostahdaf wins Juddmonte International

Mostahdaf, who put an end to Paddington’s winning run in the Juddmonte International, may have run his last race in Europe this year and could be heading to the Breeders’ Cup.

The five-year-old has been ruled out of the Royal Bahrain Irish Champion Stakes, a week on Saturday, and would only line up in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot in the event of an unexpectedly dry autumn.

The Breeders’ Cup Turf, over a mile and a half, might be the best alternative option with Group 2 winner Alflaila set to represent the Shadwell operation at Leopardstown next weekend in place of Mostahdaf, according to racing manager Angus Gold.

“Mostahdaf is not going to go to the Irish Champion,” he said. “The race is too soon.

“The only option here is the Champion Stakes if we happen to get an Indian summer and a dry autumn, which is highly unlikely.

“If that’s the case I would imagine if we are going anywhere it would be the Breeders’ Cup Turf.”

Under a masterful frontrunning ride from Frankie Dettori, Mostahdaf beat stablemate Nashwa by a length with Paddington a neck back in third at York.

Gold went on, “I haven’t discussed anything with John Gosden since the race but as has been well documented we think he is a horse who is better fresh.

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