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Breeders Cup 2021

The Breeders Cup is the top racing weekend in the US calendar and the best thoroughbreds from all over the world will head to Del Mar for this year’s running in what is sure to be a great weekend of top action. Unfortunately, there won’t be a full crowd of racegoers but the quality on show will excite all the viewers on TV.

The Breeders Cup turf sprint is sure to be exciting as Battaash heads over from the United Kingdom and is the 5/2 (3.5) + 250 favourite for the race. Battaash has left rivals running for cover as the horse has won the major sprint races this season. At Royal Ascot Battaash was so convincing in the sprint race and then following up at Glorious Goodwood and finally at the York festival in August. Winning 13 of 23 starts this horse is outstanding so heading to the Breeders cup was the ideal plan following the heavy ground at Longchamp which meant the trainer didn’t want to run him there. Charlie Hills has made a great choice sending Battash to Del Mar for the Breeders Cup. Be sure to check out the odds on Battaash to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf as the week progresses.

Local horse Gamine is favourite 5/2 (3.5) + 250 for the Breeders Cup filly and mare sprint and is likely to enjoy conditions at Del Mar. The horse won the Longines Stakes over 7 furlongs at Saratoga which was a Group 1 race and also has won the Longines Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park in June. Last time out the horse was a little disappointing over 1 mile 1 furlong at Churchill Downs in the Longines Kentucky Oaks as Shedaresthedevil delivered an awesome performance to land the Group 1 race.

2000 Guineas winner Kameko heads over from the UK for the Breeders’ Cup Mile and Andrew Balding will be excited to have an entry in this great race. It’s surprising to see Kameko as favourite as although winning the 2001 Guineas, the horse didn’t perform well in the Investec Derby. Recent win in the Shadwell Joel Stakes has prompted trainer and owner to send Kameko over to the Breeders Cup, but alternative options are the best option.

US Horse Uni is 2nd favourite for the race at 6/1 (7.0) +600 and this would be the one to look out for in this race. It’s wide open and Uni has had good recent form winning at Keeneland last time out. Uni has course form which is major advantage as last raced at Del Mar in 2018 winning over 1 mile. Be sure to check out all the odds on Uni to win the Breeders’ Cup Mile as odds will change as the week goes on.

One more race to look at the Breeders Cup is the Breeders’ Cup Turf which features to horses from UK and Ireland which lead the market. Ghaiyyath is market leader at 2/1 (3.0) + 200 and has been performing well in the UK this season. Ghaiyyath won the Coral Eclipse over 1 mile 2 furlongs in comfortable style beating Enable who needed the run. Then the horse went onto win the Juddmonte International Stakes at York which then gave Charlie Appelby the idea of sending the horse over to Del Mar for this race. It will be interesting to see how the horse gets on as the travel will have been long and the local horses may have an advantage.

The second favourite is Love trained by Aidan O’Brien who was all set to run the horse in Longchamp at the prix d’L’arc de Triomphe but due to the very soft ground has now sent Love over to Del Mar for the Breeders’ Cup Turf. She has been superb this year winning the 1000 Guineas and then following up with the Investec Oaks. There has been no stopping Love but the travel could also be an issue for her.

With a weekend full of top class racing in Del Mar for the Breeders Cup be sure to check them out as we have Gamine and Uni who are likely to be well backed by the American public.

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