Keeneland plays host to this year’s brilliant spectacle that is the Breeders Cup and, as usual, the Brits are sending over a strong raiding party in an attempt to win some of the biggest prize-money on the planet. The races are run on either turf or dirt and, but the recent rain has turned the turf course soft.
With that in mind it’s time to take a look at the best of the Brits to see if they’re bankers or blowouts.
David Wachman’s superstar 3-year-old filly bids for a 4th grade 1 race of the year in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf , and has arguably looked at her best in her last two runs which were the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and the Matron Stakes At Leopardstown. Won’t mind the ground, whilst a fast-run 9 furlongs should be right up her street.
Bet: Brit Banker @ 5/4 (Betfred, Skybet)
Victory in the Breeders Cup Turf would crown a brilliant year for John Gosden’s Derby and Arc winner, but the ground has to be a major concern. I hope he wins but I can’t back him at odds-on.
Bet: No, too short.
Aidan O’Brien tries to win this race for Breeder Cup Turf for the 5th time, and Found should have no problem with trip or ground, and she came good at this time last year. A sporting bet against favourite Golden Horn
Bet @ 7/2 (Paddy Power, Hills)
Richard Hannon sends his star 2-year-old for the Juvenile Fillies Turf, but the poor form of the stable and a wide draw in stall 10 put me off her chances.
Bet: No, too risky.
Roger Charlton tries to win the Breeders’ Cup Mile with his Royal Ascot winner, however he flopped the only time he has encountered soft ground, and is posted widest of all in stall 12 of 12.
David O’Meara has decided to take up the invite to the Breeders Cup Mile he got after Mondialiste won in Canada recently, and the soft ground may be just what his 5-year-old wants round this tighter track. Versatile tactically, he may be ridden closer to the pace this time, and must have an each-way squeak.
Bet: Decent big-priced each-way shot @ 16/1 (Paddy Power, BetVictor)
Disappointed behind Solow last time at Ascot on ground that was too soft for him, and connections send him over 10-furlongs on dirt in the Classic in a bid to restore his once glowing reputation. If he wins his stud value will rocket, and connections haven’t got much to lose after his Ascot flop.
Bet: No, got the mighty American Pharaoh to beat.