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Treasure Beach: has been nominated to this year's Breeders' Cup through a special enrollment programme

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Coolmore trio nominated to Breeders' Cup

THE Aidan O'Brien-trained pair So You Think and Treasure Beach have been nominated to the Breeders' Cup through a special open enrollment programme that closes on June 30.

Aidan Obrien After Winning with Misty For Me at Longchamp 03.10.2010

Aidan O'Brien: "Breeders' Cup also gives them a future as stallion prospects in the American market"

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Also nominated was Richard Hannon's recent Queen Anne Stakes winner Canford Cliffs, in whom Coolmore owns a stake.

Coolmore nominated the horses at $25,000 each under the programme, which was instituted earlier this year to increase the number of eligible horses that could participate in the Breeders' Cup, set this year for November 4 and 5 at Churchill Downs. Neither of the Coolmore trio were nominated to the Breeders' Cup as foals.

"This open enrollment period has given us the chance to nominate our runners to the Breeders' Cup at a reduced price than theusual $100,000 per horse," said O'Brien in a statement.

"Making it easier for European-based horses to run in the Breeders' Cup also gives them a future as stallion prospects in the American market at the end of their racingcareers."

Any previously non-nominated horse sired by any stallion standing anywhere in the world can be nominated during the open enrollment period.

The fee payment structure for the open enrollment programmeis $3,000 for yearlings of 2010; $6,000 for two-year-olds of 2009; and $25,000 for three-year-olds and up of 2008 and earlier.

Non eligible horses can still be nominated by their owners following the June 30 deadline for $100,000 (or $200,000 if the stallion is not nominated) by October 24.




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