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Santa Anita

  • 22:50 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf 1m

  • (Grade 1) $1,000,000 added 2yo 14 ran
  • Winner $572,101 2nd $216,400 3rd $107,500 4th $49,200
  • Going: Firm
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Off time: 22:52:30

Charlie Hills buoyed by Chriselliam form

Last Updated: 31/10/13 1:05pm

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Chriselliam: Breeders' Cup contender

Chriselliam: Breeders' Cup contender

A view from connections of the European challengers in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on Friday.

Trainer Charlie Hills is confident Chriselliam will make her presence felt in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on Friday.

The daughter of Iffraaj was a shock winner when claiming Group One glory in the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket last month, showing smart acceleration to pick up top-class filly Rizeena on the run to the line.

She is set to face 13 rivals in California, with Richard Hughes keeping the winning partnership intact.

Hills said: "I'm very pleased with her and the way she came over on the trip.

"She seems to be in top form. She lost eight kilos, but has put that back on - plus another four.

"We've always liked her from the word go, really.

"She trains pretty good at home and while she had a couple of starts where she didn't show what we thought she could do, she managed to put it all together at Newmarket.

"She beat some of the best that day and if she can keep on improving and handle the track hopefully she will be thereabouts."

Hughes is in similarly confident mood regarding Chriselliam.

"She's probably as good a filly as I've ever ridden," said the jockey.

"On her Newmarket run, there was nothing flukey about it and she beat probably the highest-rated filly in Europe this year."

In a market dominated by European challengers, Chriselliam is joined by Philippe Sogorb's French filly Vorda, winner of the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Adding further strength to the raiding party is Marco Botti's Al Thakhira, who clinched her second win from two starts in Newmarket's Rockfel Stakes.

Botti's wife, Lucie, said: "Al Thakhira is well and I think she should handle fast ground OK, but it's a slight unknown as her two runs have been on easier (less firm) surfaces."

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