Breeders' Cup - At The Races


Highland Reel
  • Trainer: Aidan O'Brien
  • Likely Jockey: Seamie Heffernan
  • Owner: Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor
  • Age & Breeding: 4-year-old colt; Galileo – Hveger
  • Season Form Figures: 4821272
  • Career Highlight: An all-the-way victory in the King George at Ascot

Not many would have been able to name the horse who had earned the most prize money in Britain this year prior to Champions Day. It wasn't Postponed, Found, The Gurkha, Harzand or Quiet Reflection, but Highland Reel, a model of high-level reliability yet often overlooked.

Minding's victory in the QEII means that she has now surpassed her stablemate in terms of earnings in Great Britain this season, but Highland Reel has still had a fantastic year. Should Found be unable to defend her Turf title, Highland Reel will be a more than able deputy.  Indeed, even if Found does run, he looks to have a fine chance in his own right.

Highland Reel has already shown his aptitude for American racing having won the Secretariat Stakes by a hefty five lengths last year.  His travels subsequently took him to Australia, the UAE and Hong Kong, where he landed the eponymous Vase, beating America's top middle-distance horse, Flintshire, with a bit to spare. That would appear to be a key form line.

Despite his reputation as a proven globetrotter, it is on his home continent that Highland Reel has excelled this year. An all-the-way victory in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes has been followed by tremendous second places in the Juddmonte International and The Arc; the best form on offer should Found find this one race too many.

Should Highland Reel be able to shake loose on the lead he will prove to be a very hard horse to catch. He loves fast ground and has proven himself to be amongst the best middle-distance horses in Europe on several occasions. Should he land the Turf, it is hoped this fine colt will finally gain some of the recognition his consistency and ability deserve.