Racing: Hurricane Run out of Breeders' Cup

His defection from the Turf race over a mile and a half leaves the Derby winner, Motivator, who was announced a Breeders' Cup contender only on Sunday, with a far better opportunity of ending his racing career on the highest note.

The André Fabre-trained Hurricane Run, bought by Coolmore just before his victory in the Irish Derby, steamed home under a fine ride from Kieren Fallon in the Longchamp showpiece.

"Hurricane Run coughed last Friday and again over the weekend," Fabre said. The son of Montjeu will not race again this season but remains in training next year.

Hurricane Run, winner of six of his seven starts, had been 2-1 favourite for the Turf on 29 October. John Oxx's Azamour takes over at the head of the market for the race in which Powerscourt and Bago are also due to represent Europe

The Coolmore team still have plenty of firepower with which to contest the loftiest races, starting with Champions' Day at Newmarket on Saturday. Aidan O'Brien trains eight of the 17 confirmed for the Dewhurst Stakes, with his team headed by the 2,000 Guineas favourite, George Washington, and Derby favourite Horatio Nelson.

Fallon is fit to ride the stable's nominated No 1 after returning to action at Windsor yesterday after recovering from dehydration.

Opera Cape, runner-up to Horatio Nelson last time, has been declared by Sylvester Kirk, while Marcus Tregoning's Sir Percy may defend his unbeaten record.

Four horses have been supplemented for the Champion Stakes. Rob Roy and Chic, both trained by Sir Michael Stoute, plus Godolphin's Echo Of Light and France's Pinson from Jean Claude Rouget's stable, take the number confirmed for the Group One feature to 17.

O'Brien is triple-handed with the Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes winner Oratorio as well as Ace and Mullins Bay. The Michael Jarvis-trained Rakti, the winner two years ago, has also stood his ground.

CHAMPION STAKES (Newmarket, Saturday): Coral: 5-2 Oratorio, 4-1 Rakti, 13-2 Alkaased, 7-1 Pride, 8-1 Pinson, 9-1 Alexander Goldrun, 12-1 Chic, Echo Of Light, 16-1 Rob Roy, 20-1 others. Totesport: 5-2 Oratorio, 5-1 Alkaased, 6-1 Rakti, 8-1 Pride, 9-1 Pinson, 10-1 Alexander Goldrun, 12-1 Rob Roy, 14-1 Echo Of Light, 16-1 Ace, Chic, 20-1 others.