AMERICA COULD BE RIGHT FOR AWAY GAME

Away Game bounced back from a 14 month break from the winners enclosure in the Group 3 WJ Healy Stakes at Eagle Farm last weekend and now his American based owners are looking to bigger and better targets.

Away Game winning at the Gold Coast

Specifically The Breeders Cup in 2021 with the lightly raced Filly still a 50/50 chance to be heading overseas to compete in one of the American classics.

Owner and fellow trainer Hannah Mathiesen reported to the Australian press that she would leave no stone unturned in trying to get her runner back to the US and competing in one of America’s richest races.

Away Game was winner of the Magic Millions 2yo Classic last year and narrowly missed winning the 3yo Guineas this year. 

It had been a bit barren between that 2yo win and her most recent success at Eagle Farm however Mathiesen and the other US based owners believe Away game has the credentials to get the job done in California. 

“It’s been a dream of mine to win a Breeders Cup race and I think we have a filly in a very good spot,” Mathiesen said.

“I am in the process of looking at logistics, including potential lead-up races – I found today there is a $1m race at Kentucky Downs that could be a potential lead-up race.

“There are 80 per cent of the owners of Away Game whose home track is Del Mar, so the idea of racing in the Breeders Cup is very attractive to us but we don’t want to compromise the horse in any way or her career prospects going forward.

“We are not going to bring her here just for the sake of it.

“I’d say the chances of it happening are about 50-50.

“Everything is fairly open right now in the US as far as Covid goes, but it sounds like Australia is still pretty locked down so that could be an issue and just the logistics of the filly’s training and lead-up races in America.”

Away Game wouldn’t be the only Aussie runner taking on the yanks though with Personal moving from the Lindsay Park stable to New York based trainer Chad Brown earlier in the month in preparation for a Breeders Cup campaign.

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