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Midday Wins US Gr1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf
Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms UK-bred 3YO filly Midday (Oasis Dream-Midsummer, by Kingmambo) scored a 1-length victory against older rivals in the US$2 million Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (10 furlongs on turf) for fillies & mares at Santa Anita. Midday (ridden by Tom Queally for trainer Henry Cecil) defeated fast-finishing 4YO mare Pure Clan (Pure Prize-Gather The Clan, by General Assembly) & favoured 5YO mare Forever Together (Belong To Me-Constant Companion, by Relaunch). Midday took her record to 4 wins (also including August’s UK Gr1 Nassau Stakes over 10 furlongs at Goodwood & May's UK Listed Oaks Trial over 11.5 furlongs at Lingfield Park) & 5 placings (including last start in October’s French Gr1 Prix de l'Opera over 2000m at Longchamp, plus July’s Gr1 Irish Oaks over 12 furlongs at The Curragh & June's Gr1 English Oaks over 12 furlongs at Epsom Downs) from 11 starts for US$1,565,655 earnings.