Fame gunning for Marathon victory
Wednesday 24 October 2012
Fame And Glory is to be tried in headgear for what could be the decorated stayer's final start at next month's Breeders' Cup.
Last year's Ascot Gold Cup winner, who also has an Irish Derby and a Coronation Cup on his CV, will be one of nine runners for Aidan O'Brien at Santa Anita in just a week and a half's time.
O'Brien felt Fame And Glory's attitude could be called into question when he finished only fifth behind Rite Of Passage on Champions Day, and will test him on dirt for the first time in the Breeders' Cup Marathon.
"We are taking a bit of a chance I suppose," he said.
"He's got a little bit clever - he handles fast ground but he's a little bit older and wiser now and when the going gets tough he's very happy to curl up and not to try very hard.
"He's in good shape, came out of Ascot well and just curled up on the very bad ground. We'll probably run him in a visor.
"The dirt will be the interesting part, it's probably an unknown."
On potential retirement for the six-year-old, who is part-owned by Jim Hay as well as the Coolmore partnership, O'Brien said: "I think it's very possible. Obviously nothing has been decided but it's definitely a possibility."