Breeders’ Cup ruled out for history makers Jessica Marcialis and Tiger Tanaka

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Keeneland no-go: Tiger Tanaka and Jessica Marcialis will not taking part in the Breeders’ Cup. Photo: France Galop/scoopdyga.com (Elliott Chouraqui)

By Jon Lees

France: History-making jockey Jessica Marcialis will not get to take part in the Breeders’ Cup with G1-winning filly Tiger Tanaka after the trip was ruled out due to cost.

Marcialis, 30. became the first female jockey to win a G1 in France when she guided ex-claimer Tiger Tanaka to victory in the Prix Marcel Boussac.

The Boussac is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series, a ‘Win & You’re In’ qualifier offering a fees-paid berth for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf for eligible horses.

In the aftermath of the breakthrough victory on Arc day, Tiger Tanaka’s trainer Charley Rossi, Marcialis’s partner, said: “She is now qualified for the Breeders’ Cup, we could be tempted to have a go.”

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However, Rossi has since learned that Tiger Tanaka’s sire Clodovil is not a Breeders’ Cup-nominated stallion, so her connections would have to pay a substantial supplementary fee to start the filly at Keeneland on November 6.

Rossi said on Tuesday: “We will not be coming as we have to pay a lot of euros to come and race there because she is not nominated.”

He added: “I will run her in the Saint-Cloud International or the Criterium de Saint-Cloud.”

Tiger Tanaka has completed a stellar rise to G1 level in rags-to-riches fashion.

Originally trained by Marc Pimbonnet, she was claimed by Marseille-based Rossi for €23,789 after a debut win at Lyon Parilly in June, and then won five of her next six starts under Marcialis, which climaxed with their three quarters of a length success at ParisLongchamp, taking her earnings to £169,000.

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