Breeders’ Cup Mile conditions will suit James Tate's Hey Gaman
While the draw is far from ideal, Newmarket trainer James Tate is nevertheless confident that Saturday’s two-turn TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile in Santa Anita will be a favourable setting for Hey Gaman.
The son of New Approach has been a seven-furlong specialist in Europe, winning one Group 3 contest and twice finishing runner-up in Group 2 company.
This weekend’s Grade 1 assignment is a step into the unknown in that Hey Gaman’s previous races have been either straight or one-bend miles.
However, with Frankie Dettori in the saddle, the Jamesfield Place trainer believes this change of scene could benefit his four-year-old, despite being drawn 13 of 14.
“The gate makes it difficult but we have the top man on board,” said Tate, whose uncle Michael Dickinson won this particular race with Da Hoss in 1996 and 1998.
“Frankie is a Breeders’ Cup expert and he will have no problem judging the pace.
“I have always had two bends in mind. He has run plenty of straight one-milers and he gets the seven furlongs around a bend, so I think this will really suit him.
“He also appears to prefer the faster ground now. In his earlier days I thought that he needed soft ground but he has become bogged down in that recently. With all of that in mind I am very optimistic he can produce a good run.”
Twenty-four hours earlier Tate will saddle Dream Shot in the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.
The two-year-old has triumphed twice from his eight starts, and unlike stable-mate Hey Gaman, has a more favourable draw.
“He is a fantastic horse that has done really well for us,” added Tate.
“He has been second in a Listed, second in a Group 3 and second in a Group 2, so he has plenty of ability. He will finish fast at the end and hopefully they will go at a strong pace.
“Being drawn in gate four is also perfect, so he has every chance of running well.”
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