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Talking Horses: will Arrogate go out in style at the Breeders’ Cup?

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Arrogate will be remembered as one of the very best dirt horses of recent decades, but faces a massive test with a tough draw … and against Gun Runner

Several outstanding racehorses will be running for the last time at this year’s Breeders’ Cup, including Ulysses, Ribchester and Churchill among the European team for the meeting, but the best of the lot – according to the ratings at least – is Arrogate, who kicked off the year with an astonishing performance in the Dubai World Cup and will aim to conclude it in similar style, with a second successive win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Whatever happens on Saturday, Arrogate will be remembered as one of the very best dirt horses of recent decades. He is the only dirt horse ever rated above 140 by Timeform, and earned the joint fifth-highest rating in the operation’s history in Dubai, where he missed the break, caught a bump, was last going to the first turn, raced wide throughout on sloppy ground and still chased down the excellent Gun Runner under a hands-and-heels ride with almost a furlong to spare. His run was close to the limit of what it is physically possible for a thoroughbred to do, and no-one who witnessed it is ever likely to forget it.

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