Audarya owner eager to keep Team British Racing starlet in training

Alison Swinburn, owner of Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner AUDARYA, is eager to keep her starlet in training in 2021, subject to discussions with trainer James Fanshawe.

Fanshawe and Kevin Ryan spearheaded a memorable Team British Racing raid on the Breeders’ Cup 2020 at Keeneland on Saturday, both recording their first Grade 1 wins at the meeting.

Audarya, the Fanshawe stable’s first ever Breeders’ Cup runner, showed grit and determination when coming out on top in a prolonged battle with RUSHING FALL in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Swinburn’s filly has already enjoyed success at top level this year in the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville in August.

Owner Alison Swinburn spoke to GBRI on Sunday morning and shared her delight following Audarya’s success:

“Last night was one of the most exciting, most thrilling, amazing nights of my life.

 “We were screaming her home. I’ve never been prouder.”

 Swinburn was quick to credit the team around Audarya and their efforts in preparing her for the contest:

 “James and Jacko have done a phenomenal job out in Keeneland, and not just them; Helen, the travelling head girl who took Audarya out there, Geoffrey, her work rider, they’ve all done an amazing job at delivering the filly to the start of the race in absolute peak condition. She looked superb.

 “His [James’] whole thing was keeping her relaxed and well within herself, which obviously she was because she ran the race of her life.”

 On future plans for four-year-old Audarya, Swinburn commented:

“Once she gets back, she’ll have a very well deserved rest and then I think I’ll sit down with James and discuss next year. Personally, I think I’d like to keep her in training for a year. Hopefully this damned pandemic will have gone and I’ll actually be able to go and enjoy watching her run and then maybe at the end of next season be looking at sending her to the paddocks.

 “But I think that’s a decision we’ll all make. We’ll look at the calendar, work out what’s best for her and then go from there.”

Victory for the Fanshawe team came shortly after North Yorkshire-based trainer Kevin Ryan saddled GLASS SLIPPERS (GB) to win the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Ryan has come close to Breeders’ Cup glory in the past, with EAST (GB) finishing runner-up in the Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in 2018, but this represented a maiden win at the fixture.

Nigel Tinkler, meanwhile, is also returning to North Yorkshire with his head held high after Group 2 Flying Childers winner UBETTABELIEVEIT placed third in the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint on Friday.