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Breeders’ Cup: O’Brien reports improving Mendelssohn in good shape

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There is a distinct sense that Aidan O’Brien feels Mendelssohn will run a big race in this year’s Classic

It was a stop-and-stare moment at Churchill Downs on Thursday morning as a 15-strong cortege of runners from Aidan O’Brien’s stable made their way from the quarantine barn to the dirt track for some light exercise.

Mendelssohn, who runs in the Classic, led the way with the trainer’s son Donnacha in the saddle, followed by a long line of runners with obvious chances in their respective races, including Sergei Prokofiev (Juvenile Turf Sprint), Just Wonderful (Juvenile Fillies’ Turf), Anthony Van Dyck (Juvenile Turf), Happily (Mile), Gustav Klimt (Mile) and Magical, who will be a significant opponent for Enable in Saturday’s Turf.

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