Four horses will bid to join the ranks of the Breeders' Cup elite on Saturday and become dual winners at horseracing's world championship.

Miesque became the first horse to complete the feat when winning the Mile in 1987 and 1988 and since then another five have matched that effort - Da Hoss, Bayakoa, Lure, Tiznow and High Chaparral.

But according to the connections of two of the horses bidding for repeat victories, they are doing more than escape the hype. Billy Koch, head of the Little Red Feather Racing syndicate which owns reigning Breeders' Cup Mile champion Singletary, felt his five-year-old was  still flying under the radar.

He said: "We are still nobodies. He has got so much going for him – he has got the best trainer in the world and the best jockey in the world but all the talk in the mile is about Leroidesanimaux.

"I know that we are probably going to have to have a lot of things go our way if we are to win again. But the last year has been a lot of fun and I'd love to do it all again."

Graham Motion, the British-born trainer of Better Talk Now, is feeling the same way ahead of his gelding's attempt at winning the Turf again.

Allowed to go off as a big outsider before flooring Kitten's Joy and Powerscourt in the  2million contest 12 months ago, Better Talk Now is even now available at double-figure odds to repeat the victory.

And Motion admits to being surprised that among the American press, far more attention has been given to the chances of undefeated four-year-old Shakespeare.

He said: "Honestly, I don't know why that is. I think he has has always been in the shadow of the `now' horse. Last year that was Kitten's Joy. This year it is Shakespeare. He is one of those once-in-a-lifetime horses.

"To be able to come back to the Breeders' Cup with a chance to defend his crown is a dream come true. We know how hard it is for a horse to maintain his form from one year to the next."

Ed Dunlop's Ouija Board and Ashado are the other two horses bidding for back-to-back Breeders' Cup victories at Belmont Park on Saturday.