2018/11/02 12:25
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War Decree

War Decree may just be the most intriguing horse in this year's Breeders' Cup Classic. The lightly-raced 3-year-old War Front colt will be testing the waters in America against the best, richest and most-seasoned horses in the world at Del Mar.

But, trainer Aidan O'Brien doesn't enter horses in these races on a whim. The Irishman ranks third in all-time earnings among leading Breeders' Cup trainers, behind only Bob Baffert and D. Wayne Lukas. His trainees have made over $20 million in the championships. However, of his 11 winners, only two have been on the dirt and he's yet to win the Classic.

War Decree won two of three races last year as a juvenile, including the Qatar Vintage Stakes at Goodwood in July. Away from the races until April this year, he returned with a sixth in the Bet365 Craven Stakes at Newmarket and a fifth in the Qipco Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly.

He finally rewarded his connections with the form they knew he possessed, scoring easily in the Koffy Diamond Stakes at Dundalk in late Sept.

"He's a horse who has a lot of natural talent but he can be a little bit tricky at times and it was nice to get him back to winning ways," said jockey Donnacha O'Brien, the son of his trainer. "War Decree has a lot of ability, but getting it out of him can be hard at times. He loved that surface and hard ground is what he needs.

"He had a little break after his run in France, and that was a lovely prep run for him if he did go down the Breeders' Cup route. I would say that would suit him as he likes quick ground."

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Previous Races

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December 10, 2017Longines Hong Kong CupSHA TIN1
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November 04, 2017Breeders' Cup ClassicDEL MAR1
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September 29, 2017Koffy Diamond S.DUNDALK3
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June 04, 2017QIPCO Prix du Jockey ClubCHANTILLY1
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April 20, 2017Bet365 Craven S.NEWMARKET3
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July 26, 2016Qatar Vintage S.GOODWOOD2
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July 09, 2016Bet365 Superlative S.NEWMARKET2
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June 03, 2016Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Maiden (Plus 10)LEOPARDSTOWN