We’ve got Breeders’ Cup tips for all eight races from Del Mar covered by ITV4 on Saturday, with a mixture of home hopes and highly-rated European raiders.
Often dubbed the Ryder Cup for thoroughbreds, another exciting card features some thrilling contests at the seaside California track – where the surf meets the turf!
7.40 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
Wesley Ward has waxed lyrical about the talents of GOLDEN PAL in the build-up and the Coolmore-owned three-year-old can put his blistering early speed to good use.
Although disappointing in the Nunthorpe at York in August, the son of Uncle Mo has won his last four races across the Atlantic and will take some catching on this sharp track.
8.19 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
LIFE IS GOOD is another powerful front-runner who was rated a Kentucky Derby contender when trained by Bob Baffert before an ankle injury forced those plans to be shelved.
Now with Todd Pletcher, the colt showed his well-being with a facile success at Belmont in September and is ready to justify his lofty reputation and belatedly land a major prize.
8.59 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf
European raiders have a great record in this race, winning four of the last five renewals, and last year’s 1,000 Guineas and Oaks star LOVE looks sure to run a big race for Aidan O’Brien.
“She is in good order,” said the Irish handler. “I always thought the ground out here would be perfect for her.”
9.38 Breeders’ Cup Sprint
Multiple Grade 1 scorer Jackie’s Warrior heads the betting but may be vulnerable stepping back down in trip, so DR SCHIVEL is rated a value alternative to flash home late and fast in our Breeders’ Cup tips.
10.20 Breeders’ Cup Mile
Another turf contest where European horses have traditionally done well and MOTHER EARTH gets the nod to give O’Brien back-to-back victories in this event after Order Of Australia’s triumph 12 months ago.
She has suffered mixed fortunes since powering to victory in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket back in May but getting back on a fast surface should suit.
A strong pace would be another bonus and O’Brien commented: “She travels well and quickens well and she’s in great form.”
11.00 Breeders’ Cup Distaff
LETRUSKA has rattled off five straight wins, four of which were in Grade 1 company, and will be a tough nut to crack if holding her form.
11.40 Breeders’ Cup Turf
TARNAWA is taken to overcome a tricky draw and repeat last season’s success in this race for wily old Irish trainer Dermot Weld.
The admirable mare was a game second in the Irish Champion Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, making her a clear form pick here.
Weld said: “I’m very pleased with her. She travelled well and is training good. I couldn’t be happier with her.
“Of all the tracks in America, it’s very difficult from this draw, but she’s in super order and we’ll take it as it comes.”
12.40 Breeders’ Cup Classic
Knicks Go should handle a step up in trip after landing the Dirt Mile last year but Godolphin have enjoyed a great campaign and can cap it off with ESSENTIAL QUALITY.
After being an unlucky beaten favourite in the Kentucky Derby, he showed a neat turn of foot to land the Belmont Stakes and will have been freshened up by a break.
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