Breeders’ Cup Turf Betting Tips

Publish: 11.02.2017

It’s not often that the attention of horse racing fans all around the world is turned to one track but that’s what we’ll get this weekend.

Everybody in racing will be keenly following the action from Del Mar, Southern California as the Breeders’ Cup World Championships take place.

European racing fans will be especially keen to watch the Breeders’ Cup Turf, a one-and-a-half mile race for three-year-olds and above.

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Qualification Demands Guarantee a Quality Competition

One of the beauties of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships is that horses have a chance to qualify for certain races throughout the year.

There are 11 such races for the Breeders’ Cup Turf, each of which is at least at Group 2 level. Winning any of these is an achievement in and of itself and the method of qualification helps to produce quality fields and races for the big one.

Past Five Winners

2016 – Highland Reel, ridden by Seamie Heffernan, trained by Aidan O’Brien
2015 – Found, ridden by Ryan Moore, trained by Aidan O’Brien
2014 – Main Sequence, ridden by John R. Velazquez, trained by Graham Motion
2013 – Magician, ridden by Ryan Moore, trained by Aidan O’Brien
2012 – Little Mike, ridden by Ramon Dominguez, trained by Dale Romans

European Horses Look Set to Dominate Again

As you can see in the list of recent winners above, the Breeders’ Cup Turf has been very good to European trainers and horses.

While many of the big races in the World Championships take place on dirt – a surface unfamiliar to many European horses – the Breeders’ Cup Turf provides surfaces much more similar to those found in Britain, Ireland and France.

There is still a lot of work to be done in terms of getting the best out of horses who have travelled long distances and to qualify for the race in the first place, but it’s no surprise to see familiar names like Aidan O’Brien and Sir Michael Stoute having entrants in Saturday’s race.

O’Brien is actually going for his third triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Turf in as many years and his hopes are headed by last year’s winner, Highland Reel.

Bookies’ Favourite Very Much the One to Stop

It’s been another successful season for Highland Reel. There were concerns that he may have lost a step as a five-year-old but he’s kept the wins rolling, taking his prize money to over £6 million.

A significant part of Highland Reel’s success is because he has competed in major races all over the world. Adding versatility in terms of ground and conditions to a natural blend of speed and stamina was always going to produce a winning horse, providing he was well trained.

He’s certainly been well trained at Coolmore and we think he is in a great place to defend his Breeders’ Cup Turf crown at a best price of 9/4 with Bet365.

Cliffs Of Moher One to Chance at Longer Odds

It’s never easy having multiple horses in one race. You have to carefully consider not only the best tactics for individual horses but how to potentially get the best out of a string of options.

Thankfully for Aidan O’Brien, he’s very well versed at this specific problem.

While O’Brien will be content for Highland Reel to set the pace like he did 12 months ago, he’ll be much happier to see Cliffs Of Moher calmly sitting in the middle of the pack as we approach the final stages.

The three-year-old has developed a reputation as a very strong finisher and O’Brien will be well aware that is a style which has produced plenty of recent winners in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

The bookies aren’t especially keen about Cliffs Of Moher’s chances but we think he represents very good each-way value at 20/1 with Boylesports.

Top Betting Offers

Highland Reel to win at 9/4 with Bet365

Cliffs Of Moher each-way at 20/1 with Boylesports

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