2023 BC Turf Sprint: No Problem for Nobals

The Europeans did not have it all their own way on the lawn, as the home team hit the exacta in the G1 2023 BC Turf Sprint when Nobals held off Big Invasion to record his first win at the highest level.

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Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

G1, $1m, 5f turf, 3yo+

No problem for Nobals

Gerardo Corrales must have taken a look at the Ryan Moore playbook, as he took Nobals on the shortest route up the rail to victory in the Turf Sprint, sizzling home to beat Big Invasion and Irish shipper Aesop’s Fables.

The second-choice Live In The Dream left the gates like a bullet from a gun and still held a clear advantage as he came off the home turn, but he drifted a couple of paths wide and that allowed 12-1 shot Nobals to surge up the fence and into the lead a furlong out.

2023 BC Turf Sprint Race Video

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It was not over, however, as Big Invasion came running hard from midpack and looked as though his rally might take him all the way, but Nobals dug in close home to score by a neck, with Aesop’s Fables unable to go the early pace but finishing off strongly to hit the show. Live In The Dream had enough left in the tank to be fourth, with the favoured Motorious a no-show fifth.

Nobals, trained by Larry Rivelli, was making his breakthrough at the top level after a very productive campaign in 2023, this his fourth score from his last five starts.

2023 BC Turf Sprint Payouts

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Nobals26.0013.209.40
2. Big Invasion 12.007.80
3. Aesop’s Fables  7.40

Winning time: 55.15s

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