ARIZONA and Wichita could head for the Breeders’ Cup meeting after finishing second and third behind Pinatubo in Saturday’s Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.
The duo were beaten by two lengths and two and three-quarter lengths respectively in the Group 1 heat, with Arizona notably closing the gap with the winner after trailing him by nine lengths in the National Stakes at the Curragh previously.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien was satisfied with their performances and could now look to Santa Anita on November 1st and 2nd with the pair.
He said: “Arizona ran well, as we were worried about the ground for him. He’s a nice-moving horse.
“Arizona and Wichita are both possibles for the Breeders’ Cup, although Wichita might be a little bit more of a baby as he wasn’t out until later.”
The Ballydoyle handler also has Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes winner Royal Dornoch and listed victor Fort Myers among his possible Santa Anita team.
He added: “Royal Dornoch is another possible for the Juvenile and Fort Myers who won in Dundalk is another that could go. We’ll see how they are in the next few weeks.”