|Saturday 9th October 2021
How to Bet on the Breeders Cup from the UK?
The Breeders’ Cup will get more attention than normal in the United Kingdom this year, with ITV having broadcasting rights for the entire two-day meeting in the United States for the first time.
The inclusion of the meet on one of the biggest broadcasters in the country will have a huge impact, as fans of the sport will be able to watch some of the biggest stars from around the world for the first time.
Typically US racing isn’t popular in the United Kingdom, but that could be set to change for the Del Mar meeting later in the year. But, how can those in the United Kingdom bet on the racing?
Find A Leading Sportsbook
For the most part, all leading sportsbooks in the United Kingdom will offer Breeders’ Cup betting markets on the week leading up to the racing getting underway at Del Mar.
Some of the best sportsbooks, such as Bet365 and Paddy Power are already offering ante-post markets for the biggest races, which means extra value can be found for those that have followed the action throughout the season in the United States. The 2021 Breeders' Cup is also available in TwinSpires app.
Before signing up to a sportsbook to bet on the Breeders’ Cup, fans must ensure that the site is taking bets on the action. While not all sportsbooks will be offering ante-post markets, the best way to find out whether the site will be offering the chance, is by searching to see whether the site offers prices for races taking place in the United States.
Understanding The Races
While races throughout the season in the United Kingdom take place on the turf, fans will need to get accustomed to seeing and understanding the differences with races that are run on the dirt. Many races throughout the Breeders’ Cup take place on this terrain, including the lucrative Breeders’ Cup Classic, which offers the most lucrative purse of the meeting.
Speed figures are often overlooked when it comes to betting on British racing, but this is a mistake that should be avoided when it comes to betting on the dirt. These figures take into account the horse’s performances at tracks throughout the season, with every one around the United States playing slightly differently. It is also worth considering the track bias, for example Del Mar typically favours the horses that run at a constant speed rather than those that like to make the running.
Big Stars At Del Mar
As is the case with British festivals such as Cheltenham and Royal Ascot, the Breeders’ Cup is all about having an opportunity to see some of the brightest stars. The biggest American stars will be on display in the Classic, with Belmont Stakes winner Essential Quality likely to take on other established horses such as Hot Rod Charlie, Knicks Go and Medina Spirit.
Life Is Good is also set to run in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Sprint, while esteemed sprinters such as Jackie’s Warrior and Gamine are also names that punters will have to become familiar with, as they are both considered excellent chances in their races.
It isn’t all about the American stars either, as a number of British contenders will be making the journey over to Del Mar.
Palace Pier is already a clear favourite in the betting for the Breeders’ Cup Mile and will come up against old rival Poetic Flare. Meanwhile, the most prestigious race on the turf is the Breeders’ Cup Turf, where Arc runner-up Tarnawa will be looking for a second straight win in the race.
However, fellow British contenders such as Mishriff and Hurricane Lane could be his biggest rivals.