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Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint: Richard Hannon says Persian Force is his best chance of Stateside success

Persian Force won the July Stakes earlier this season and looks set to line up at the Breeders' Cup next month on Sky Sports Racing; last time out he was a good second to Aidan O'Brien's star juvenile Blackbeard

Persian Force ridden by Roosa Ryan on their way to victory in the BetVictor Conditions Stakes at Newbury racecourse. Picture date: Saturday May 14, 2022.
Image: Persian Force ridden by Rossa Ryan on their way to victory in the BetVictor Conditions Stakes at Newbury

Richard Hannon will take Persian Force to Keeneland for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.

The Herridge handler has snapped up Frankie Dettori for the mount aboard the July Stakes winner.

Persian Force has been on the go since spreadeagling his field in the Brocklesby at Doncaster in March, placing no less than three times at the highest level this term.

He was last seen finishing runner-up to Blackbeard in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket and the Aidan O'Brien-trained winner is set to be in opposition again in America.

Rossa Ryan guides Persian Force home in the July Stakes
Image: Rossa Ryan guides Persian Force home in the July Stakes

"He will have a bit of work and is in great form. He won't need much and he will soon be on the plane to Kentucky," said Hannon.

"He ran a belter in the Middle Park until the last half a furlong. He has a great attitude and is by the best stallion [Mehmas] we've seen for a long time.

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"We've had mixed results with out juveniles in the States with Osaila the closest we've come when she was third in the fillies' race [in 2014].

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"But it looks like Persian Force is our best chance so far, and he'll be my first and last runner on grass in 2022."

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