Breeders’ Cup Classic
Arrogate is the horse drawing all the attention in this one.
On the back of his performance at Meydan in March, if he’d come to the Breeders’ Cup without racing again one might have expected him to be heavily odds-on for the Classic. However, he was very disappointing on his reappearance after Dubai, when he was beaten out of sight, followed by another poor showing at a preparation race for this meeting.
There are definitely question marks hanging over him, especially since Gun Runner has improved since Meydan. It’s likely that Arrogate will start as favourite, but the race will most probably come down to a contest between those two. Gun Runner is solid, but if the real Arrogate turns up, he should win this easily.
Breeders’ Cup Turf
Highland Reel won this race last year, getting a very soft lead and was very impressive. This time around the field looks slightly weaker, but it’s unlikely Highland Reel will get the same type of lead.
Having said that, he’s had a good prep and has got an ideal draw – the ground is also perfect for him. His main challenger Ulysses is probably better over ten furlongs, but has already had a long hard year, so Highland Reel looks rock solid option – he will be very hard to beat.
But don’t rule out the French horse, Talismanic, as an each-way shout.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Bolt DOro, who is already many people’s favourite for next year’s Kentucky Derby, goes in this one, and looks the horse to beat.
Its main challenger seems to be Free Drop Billy, and the race is likely to be a shootout between the two. If you’re looking for a win bet, Bolt DOro is the stronger option, but Free Drop Billy is perhaps a better value each-way shout.
Breeders’ Cup Mile
Ribchester has had a busy season and the tight, two-turn track in Del Mar may not suit him. Roly Poly has some outstanding form, which got franked again at Ascot recently – but is drawn outside.
World Approval looks the most solid of the American horses, but the slightly longer-shot Lancaster Bomber could have a squeak, and may be worth an each-way shout.
Breeders’ Cup Sprint
Drefong will be the favourite, and is an obvious contender to win.
Roy H and Takaful look to be its main opposition. Roy H has a solid each-way chance in a race where it’s definitely worth considering an each-way bet against the favourite.
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
The well-known Lady Aurelia won this race last time out, and looks to be the bet of the night.
It’s hard to see how this horse will be beaten given its quality and form. If there’s a Nap to be found in this meeting, this is it.