By Neil Monnery

Midnight Bisou looking at the Spinster before the Breeders'

By Neil Monnery
Midnight Bisou is set for the Spinster Stakes
Midnight Bisou is set for the Spinster Stakes

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Coming off the back of a surprising defeat at the hands of Vexatious at the Grade I Personal Ensign Stakes up at Saratoga, the connections of Midnight Bisou spoke this week about their upcoming plans for the multiple Graded Stakes winner.

The Breeders’ Cup is still the plan but as for which race she’ll take on, well that isn’t exactly inked in yet. The Distaff and the Classic are the two races under consideration and no decisions will be taken just yet.

If she chooses the Distaff then they’ll be attempting to make it third-time lucky having entered and fallen short twice before. In 2018 it was Monomoy Girl who took home the win but in 2019, it was a much bigger upset when Blue Prize came up from Argentina to cross the line first.

If she goes for the Classic then she’ll certainly be among the favorites. The five-year-old is currently ranked at number nine in the Classic Rankings and a win in her final prep race before the Breeders’ Cup would surely put her back up into the top five of those rankings.

Speaking of that final prep race, it looks likely that it’ll be at Keeneland to help settle her in before the Breeders’ Cup in November and they are now looking at Grade I Juddmonte Spinster Stakes, which is scheduled to take place on October 4. According to co-owner Jeff Bloom, they were originally looking at the Grade II Beldame but as that race has been calendared for October 11, they would prefer the horse to have a longer gap between her final prep race and the Breeders’ Cup.

They hope to reunite Midnight Bisou with her usual jockey Mike E. Smith but that cannot be assured just yet as they await Keeneland’s Covid-19 safety protocols. Even if he can’t ride her for the Spinster, he’ll be back aboard for the Breeders’ Cup, which race she takes on.

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