We’ve got Breeders’ Cup 2020 tips for all nine races at Keeneland on Saturday, with a mixture of home hopes and highly-rated European raiders.
Often dubbed the Ryder Cup for thoroughbreds, another exciting card will be covered in full by Sky Sports Racing on this side of the Atlantic.
GAMINE was a beaten favourite at Churchill Downs last time out but had previously been ultra-impressive in recording wide-margin wins at Belmont Park and Saratoga, so she looks worth sticking with.
GLASS SLIPPERS flies the flag for Britain and Kevin Ryan’s ultra-consistent filly has each-way claims following a fine run of results over the past 15 months, posting form figures of 1115212.
The four-year-old has been first and second in the last two renewals of the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp, picked up a Grade 1 triumph in Ireland and was only beaten by the brilliant Battaash at Glorious Goodwood this summer.
“The Breeders’ Cup has been on our mind all season,” said Yorkshire handler Ryan. “She won the ‘Win and You’re In’ race at the Curragh and also ran well in the Abbaye from a bad draw.”
KNICKS GO has been a revelation since joining Brad Cox, securing two straight emphatic victories. This is a big step up in class but Joel Rosario stays on board after last month’s 10-length success here, so he must have been suitably impressed.
Peaceful, Terebellum, Audarya and Cayenne Pepper represent a strong European challenge but RUSHING FALL will be a tough nut to crack.
Nicknamed the Turf Rocket, Chad Brown’s mare is chasing a Grade 1 hat-trick, has won on five of her six trips to this track and can give the trainer a fifth triumph in the race.
Dropping back down in distance has worked wonders for DIAMOND OOPS, who has claimed a couple of Grade 2 triumphs this fall. His stamina could now come into play in a strong-run race at elite level.
KAMEKO has reportedly delighted connections with his work since arriving in America and can add this prize to his 2000 Guineas success at Newmarket back in June.
The Classic winner endured a luckless run during the summer, but bounced back to form with victory in the Joel Stakes at HQ towards the end of September.
This has been the plan since then and hopes are high of a bold showing after a cracking gallop on the Keeneland turf earlier this week.
David Redvers, racing manager to owner Qatar Racing, beamed: “His skin looks great, he’s moving really well and loving that quicker surface, so it’s all to play for now. It’s beautiful ground, absolutely beautiful.”
HARVEST MOON has been brought along gradually by Simon Callaghan and this well-bred daughter of Uncle Mo deserves this crack at a first Grade 1 victory.
Irish raiders dominate the betting for this 1m 4f contest and Aidan O’Brien’s wonderful mare MAGICAL gets the vote in our Breeders’ Cup 2020 tips ahead of stablemate Mogul and Dermot Weld’s Tarnawa.
The five-year-old was a close second to the mighty Enable in this contest a couple of seasons ago and is fancied to go one better this time.
Although slightly disappointing when third at Ascot last time, she previously beat the much-vaunted Ghaiyyath on merit in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at Leopardstown to secure a seventh Group 1 success.
Bob Baffert has gone three years without landing this prestigious prize, one of the 10 richest horse races in the world, since completing a hat-trick with Bayern, American Pharoah and Arrogate, but he is going all out for glory this term.
Authentic and Maximum Security are strong contenders for the legendary 67-year-old trainer but IMPROBABLE is his best hope in our book.
The fast-improving four-year-old upset stablemate Maximum Security in a Grade 1 event at Santa Anita last time out and the manner of that victory suggested it was no fluke.
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