2016 Breeders’ Cup Best Bets
The 32nd Breeders’ Cup takes place on Friday 4 November and Saturday 5 November, and it’s the ninth time that Santa Anita has played host.
Friday is always the least exciting day of the two-day meeting, but both this year’s Juvenile and Distaff look worth an interest this. Meanwhile, Saturday is non-stop excitement, with the Mile, Turf and Classic all looking to provide decent betting opportunities.
Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf (Friday 21.25)
English and Irish Trainers have won 6 of the last 8 runnings of the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf, and Aidan O’Brien will be hoping to keep that run going with Lancaster Bomber or Intelligence Cross. Meanwhile, Simon Chrisford throws his hat into the ring for a first Breeders Cup training success with the Frankie Dettori ridden Rodaini. However, the American trained Oscar Performance has seriously impressed in his last two runs and looks the each-way value at around 7/1.
Tip: Oscar Performance Each-Way @ 7/1
Breeders Cup Distaff (Friday 23.35)
This looks likely to be the highlight of the first day of this two-day meeting, as the 3-year-old Songbird puts her unbeaten record on the line against 4-year-old Stellar Wind and the 6-year-old Beholder – three fillies right out of the top-draw. Local clock-watchers are yet to be fully convinced by Songbird, but the visual impressions she’s created so far will make her the banker for many punters on day-1 at slightly odds-against.
Tip: Songbird Win @ 11/10
Breeders Cup Turf (Saturday 22.22)
Aidan O’Brien throws two darts at one of the biggest prizes, and Arc-heroine Found looks sure to go close to repeating last year’s success, though Highland Reel probably won’t be far away either. However, rattling fast ground is forecast, and this is going to be music to the ears of the connections of Flintshire. Once trained in France, he’s now trained in America by Chad Brown, and you can ignore his run last time on soft-ground. This is his big target – and he’s my nap of the weekend.
Tip: Flintshire Win @ 11/4
Breeders Cup Mile (Saturday 23.40)
Hit It A Bomb tries to follow-up his win in last season’s Turf but, after a disappointing domestic season, it’s hard to see him even beating his stablemate Alice Springs, who has been enjoying Group-1 success. However, this could be a straight shootout between local hero and Royal Ascot winner Tepin, and July Cup winner Limato. The latter has run at 5-furlongs, 6-furlongs and 7-furlongs this season, and now tries a mile, whilst this also looks a bit of an afterthought after success in France. However, this is Tepin’s back yard, her stamina is proven, and this has always been her big target.
Tip: Tepin Win @ 3/1
Breeders Cup Classic (Saturday 00.35 *Sunday Morning)
Victor Espinoza said California Chrome is better than American Pharoah after winning the Pacific Classic on him in August – and praise doesn’t come much better than that. He’s actually rated just 1lb lower than the former Triple Crown Winner, but could surpass that with victory here. Arrowgate is being tipped as his biggest threat, but he was flattered by his track position when romping home last time, and has yet to be tested at truly searching fractional times like he will here.
Tip: California Chrome Win @ 10/11
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