All eyes will be on Churchill Downs this weekend and we’ve got the pick of our Breeders’ Cup 2018 tips ready to help punters bash the bookies.
This event has been billed as the Ryder Cup of horse racing, as high-class European raiders battle it out with America’s best across the Atlantic.
4.38 WORLD OF TROUBLE
Aidan O’Brien’s Lost Treasure and Karl Burke’s Havana Grey represent Europe in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint but World Of Trouble catches the eye from the home contingent.
He has always been well regarded by connections and has taken well to running on grass with a couple of convincing victories.
6.04 WILD ILLUSION
Europe has a great record in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, with the likes of Ouija Board, Midday and Dank doing the business.
Newmarket handler Charlie Appleby struck 12 months ago with Wuheida and has another strong hand this year with Wild Illusion.
The Godolphin filly was second in the Oaks at Epsom and has since landed Group 1 wins in the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and the Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp, where she accounted for Magic Wand in fine style.
Sir Michael Stoute’s supposed Breeders’ Cup Mile first string Expert Eye did not look completely at home on the course on Wednesday.
In contrast, the improving Mustashry appears capable of building on a couple of wins at Doncaster and Newmarket, even if his quest has been compromised by stall 14.
It has been an unlucky race for Stoute in the past and while Mustashry is no Zilzal, he is fancied to raise a few eyebrows and get into the shake up at big odds.
European raiders have dominated the Breeders’ Cup Turf and dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Enable is strongly fancied to pick up this prize.
John Gosden’s filly was having only her second run of the season when holding off Sea Of Class at Longchamp and should still be fresh enough to hold her form.
Aidan O’Brien is seeking a seventh success in this race and Magical was a good winner on British Champions Day at Ascot, but she was only 10th behind Enable in France.
Raven’s Pass was a rare Breeders’ Cup Classic scorer for Europe in 2008 and his trainer John Gosden returns with four-time Group 1 hero Roaring Lion.
Dubai World Cup star Thunder Snow and last year’s Juvenile Turf winner Mendelssohn are other contenders crossing the Atlantic, but it is a big ask to claim such a huge pot on dirt.
We prefer lightly-raced Pennsylvania Derby scorer McKinzie for our Breeders’ Cup 2018 tips, with trainer Bob Baffert chasing a fourth victory in five years.
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