Breeders’ Cup 2019 Odds and Previews – Horse Racing Betting November 2

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Horse Racing Betting

The Breeders’ Cup. staged this year at Santa Anita in California, is a two-day event but it is the second day of North America’s most lucrative and prestigious horse race meeting on which reputations are built or destroyed. The races for older horses are also the ones on which most hopes of European success are centred.

Santa Anita – The Track

There are 32 European contenders in action at the Breeders’ Cup this weekend and very few will encounter problems with Santa Anita racetrack.
It’s a standard left-handed US oval track of about one mile in circumference, though the inner track is slightly shorter.
If anything, it will be the home team who might struggle to adapt to the Turf course with almost all of American racing taking place on Dirt.
Santa Anita once used to heavily favour horses who liked to race prominently but, despite the relatively short home straight, it is more of a fair playing field nowadays. You still wouldn’t want your selection to be too far behind off the final turn but it is now generally the best horse that wins.
In terms of the US equine stars, Santa Anita form is always an advantage as local horses haven’t had to travel further than the barns across the road.

Will British juveniles feature on Future Stars Friday?

The first day of the Breeders’ Cup meeting is traditionally when two-year-olds hog the limelight.
UK hopes of an early success probably lie with Norfolk Stakes winner A’AALI in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.
Simon Crisford’s colt has won Group 2 contests at Deauville and Doncaster since his Royal Ascot triumph. His only real failure so far came when tried over 6f on heavy going in the Prix Morny and he is challenging Wesley Ward’s pair, Kimari and Four Wheel Drive, for favouritism. However, Frankie Dettori’s mount can still be backed at a stand-out 11/2 with William Hill.
Aidan O’Brien’s two-year-olds boast an impressive record in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and his ARIZONA is the general 9/4 favourite. Only beaten by the mighty Pinatubo in the Dewhurst, the Coventry Stakes winner looks the one to beat but does have a high draw to overcome so there is a danger he could get trapped out wide.
Ireland also has an excellent chance of success in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf with ALBIGNA.
Jessica Harringtion’s two-year-old fillies have almost been in a league of their own this year and this daughter of Zoffany is probably at the top of the tree. Found to be in season when beaten in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in September, she made amends stepped up to a mile in the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp. She is another who could have been better drawn but she is likely to outstay Roger Varian’s Daahyeh and the home team’s Sweet Melania – 888sport’s 4/1 seems more than generous.

Stars are out for Super Saturday

Filly and Mares Turf Previous Winners

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

2018

Sistercharlie

4

John R.

Velazquez

Chad Brown

2017

Wuheida

3

William Buick

Charlie Appleby

2016

Queen’s Trust

3

Frankie Dettori

Sir Michael Stoute

2015

Stephanie’s Kitten

6

Irad Ortiz

Chad Brown

2014

Dayatthespa

5

Javier Castellano

Chad Brown

2013

Dank

4

Ryan Moore

Sir Michael Stoute

2012

Zagora

4

Javier Castellano

Chad Brown

2011

Perfect Shirl

4

John R. Velazquez

Roger Attfield

2010

Shared Account

4

Edgar Prado

Graham Motion

2009

Midday

3

Tom Queally

Henry Cecil

2008

Forever Together

4

Julien Leparoux

Jonathan Sheppard

2007

Lahudood

4

Alan Garcia

Kiaran McLaughlin

2006

Ouija Board

5

Frankie Dettori

Ed Dunlop

2005

Intercontinental

5

Rafael Bejarano

Robert J. Frankel

2004

Ouija Board

3

Kieren Fallon

Ed Dunlop

2003

Islington

4

Kieren Fallon

Sir Michael Stoute

2002

Starine

5

John R. Velazquez

Robert J. Frankel

2001

Banks Hill

3

Olivier Peslier

Andre Fabre

2000

Perfect Sting

4

Jerry Bailey

Joe Orseno

1999

Soaring Softly

4

Jerry Bailey

James J. Toner

Sistercharlie is only a best 11/10 to win a second Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. Chad Brown’s five-year-old only won by a neck at Churchill Downs 12 months ago but she has now won her last six races and all have been at the highest level – her trainer has won this race four times.
Iridessa has won the Pretty Polly at the Curragh and Matron Stakes at Leopardstown this year and appears to have the plum draw. She can backed at 8/1 but was beaten fair and square by BILLESDON BROOK over a mile in the Sun Chariot at Newmarket last month. The latter, it shouldn’t be forgotten, is a classic winner and, as she is back on song, it is worth pointing out that Richard Hannon’s filly hasn’t been disgraced in two runs beyond a mile. The 14/1 with Bet365 could be very generous if her stamina could be guaranteed. John Gosden’s Fanny Logan is on a roll but probably out of her depth in this company and is a general 16/1. Ballydoyle filly Fleeting always seems to find at least one too good but the 9/1 with William Hill offers decent each-way value.

Maker’s Mark Filly And Mares Turf Current Best Odds

Sistercharlie 11/10, Iridessa 8/1, Fleeting 9/1, Villa Marina 10/1, Billesdon Brook 14/1,Fanny Logan and Vasilika 16/1, Mrs. Sippy and Castle Lady 20/1, Mirth and Just Wonderful 40/1, Thais 80/1

(Odds correct at 3.30pm October 31)

Aidan O’Brien’s CIRCUS MAXIMUS is the shortest price of five runners from the UK and Ireland contesting the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile on the Turf course. The St James’s Palace Stakes winner returned to winning ways in a Group 1 at Longchamp last month and is a best 3/1 but would not be the strongest favpourite on the final day of this year’s Breeders’ Cup.
That honour might go to MIDNIGHT BISOU, who bids for an eight straight win in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff and is rated the best ride of the night for Santa Anita legend Mike Smith – she is a best 5/4.

Rosso can rule in meeting’s big finale

There is no British interest in the big race of the night – the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic worth more than £4million – but it looks more open that usual. Mckinzie is an uneasy favourite at around 4/1 and faces the 1-2 from the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont in September. VINO ROSSO just bettered Code Of Honor in that Grade 1 but lost the race in the stewards’ room having been deemed to have interfered with the runner-up. That was a controversial decision and Todd Pletcher’s colt can prove a point against his younger rival this weekend at a general 9/2.


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