Balladry tackles Marathon task
Eoin Harty will be breaking new ground when he saddles Balladry in the Breeders' Cup Marathon on Friday.
Harty has never had a runner in a race over as far as one-mile-six-furlongs, which is one of the longest in the American calendar.
Balladry has done all his winning over nine furlongs so faces a significant step up in trip.
"This will be a first for both horse and trainer - Balladry has never raced over a mile and six furlongs and I have never trained a horse for a race as long as this," Harty told www.godolphin.com.
"We just don't have racing over this distance normally in the US and I have never saddled a horse to go further than a mile and a half.
"Balladry is doing well. We worked him over a mile on Sunday, which wouldn't sound remarkable in European terms, but it's rare to see a horse work a mile out here.
"He was racing over the wrong distance and in the wrong company in the Awesome Again Stakes. He's a horse who doesn't have any early speed, he grinds it out in his races, but he was hustled along in the Awesome Again Stakes and never had a chance to get into a rhythm.
"His dam was a dual Grade One winner, while his sire is a son of Unbridled and the further they go, the better, so I don't think that a mile and six will be a problem in terms of his pedigree.
"He's fit, ready and, if he's good enough, he will hit the board."