Appleby Eyes Breeders’ Cup With Prix De L’Opera Winner Wild Illusion

by | 10.07.2018 | 2:29pm

Trainer Charlie Appleby won last year's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf with Wuheida, and he'd like to repeat the effort this year with the Godolphin-owned Wild Illusion. On Sunday, the Dubawi filly and jockey William Buick won the Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp for the second consecutive year, and with it earned an expenses-paid berth to the World Championships at Churchill Downs.

In last year's edition, Wild Illusion was a longshot at 25-1, but she came in as the favorite in 2018. Between the two efforts, Wild Illusion recorded a fourth-place finish in the 1,000 Guineas, second-place finishes in the Investec Oaks and Ribblesdale Stakes, and a victory in the G1 Nassau.

“This was always our target after the Nassau, and hopefully she'll be going on to the Breeders' Cup,” Appleby told racingpost.com. “It's the last hurdle in front of us, and it's on to America.”

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