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It’s Breeders’ Cup 2021 weekend which means Paddy’s had his traders hard at work pricing up all 14 races at the two-day fiesta.
Our horse racing experts on the trading room floor have done their homework and, with less than 36 hours to go until the first set of runners and riders go to post at Del Mar in California, favourites for each and every contest have emerged.
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Wesley Ward’s AVERLY JANE heads the betting after three wins from three including a comprehensive 3l defeat of Kaufymaker in a Listed contest at Keeneland last month. The likes of Twilight Jet and Armor could, however, strike on away soil.
ECHO ZULU also boasts a 100% strike rate from her three starts and is the hot favourite from Hidden Connection and Jujus Map. She is already a dual Grade 1 winner having scored at Saratoga and Belmont Park.
PIZZA BIANCA tops the market for what looks like a wide open contest over one mile. Rockfel Stakes winner Hello You is one of a number of runners prominent in our betting but this race will probably be staying in America.
JACK CHRISTOPHER got the better of Commandperformance to win the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park last month and leads the betting as he attempts to make it three from three.
A title that could be heading to Britain as the Charlie Appleby-trained MODERN GAMES is rated by our traders as the most likely winner. The Dubawi colt was last seen on track winning the Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket in September. Dubawi Legend, Alabhr and Glounthaune are also prominent in our market.
GAMINE has suffered one defeat from nine appearances on track so it’s no surprise to see the four-year-old filly comfortably topping the odds for the opening Breeders’ Cup race on day two, especially considering she’ll be facing just five rivals.
GOLDEN PAL bounced back from his flop at York by scoring comfortably from Extravagant Kid in a Grade 2 at Keeneland last month. Emaraaty Ana leads the UK challenge after claiming a maiden Group 1 in September’s Sprint Cup at Haydock.
Just eight runners are set to go to post in the brilliantly-named contest and LIFE IS GOOD, with three wins from four and a slight weight allowance for three-year-olds, is the favourite.
A prize pot that could be heading to Ireland with Aidan O’Brien’s Love diverted to this race from the Breeders’ Cup Turf, although four-time winner WAR LIKE GODDESS heads the betting at the time of writing.
It’s back to the dirt track for the 6f sprint and JACKIE’S WARRIOR, on a four-timer, has taken a hold of the market from Special Reserve, Aloha West and Following Sea.
SPACE BLUES is on a hat-trick after victories at York and Longchamp so is, perhaps, unsurprisingly the market leader ahead of Mo Forza, Mother Earth and stablemate Master Of The Seas.
LETRUSKA is unbeaten in five runs and will take her earnings soaring past the $2m mark if she justifies her position at the head of the market. Malathaat, a three-time Grade 1 winner, appears to be the leading three-year-old.
TARNAWA, fresh from finishing second in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, is the hot favourite to become the third horse in history to win back-to-back Turfs but has been handed an outside draw. Domestic Spending is rated as the principal of the home challengers.
It only makes sense for the most valuable race on the card to round things off and a quality field is set to go to post. KNICKS GO, the winner of last year’s Dirt Mile, heads our betting having already claimed one bumper prize pot this year at the Pegasus World Cup in January. Belmont Stakes winner Essential Quality and Kentucky Derby champ Medina Spirit are also prominent.
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