|Tuesday 26th October 2021|
The Favourites for the Breeders' Cup Turf
The recent British Champions Day at Ascot may have drawn the curtain down on another fantastic flat racing season in the United Kingdom. However, it’s not all doom and gloom for those who love the thrills of the sport, as the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in the United States of America, which will take at Del Mar in California this year, offers up plenty of excitement.
With two fantastic days of racing and over $30 million up for grabs in prize purses and awards, it is no surprise that the best trainers, jockeys and horses from all over the world head stateside for the Breeders’ Cup.
The Breeders’ Cup Turf is one of the biggest races at the meeting, with a $4m prize purse. Raced over a mile and a half, the best middle-distance horses from Europe are tipped to head to California for the mammoth Group 1 race. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at the ante-post favourites for the Breeders’ Cup Turf from what are the best horse racing betting sites.
Despite being the short-priced favourite at 7/4 to defend her Breeders’ Cup Turf crown, Tarnawa hasn’t hit the same heights this year as she did last campaign, when she won all four of her season races — including the Prix Vermeille and the Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp in Paris. The Dermot Weld-trained horse won a Group 3 at Leopardstown to kick off her season back in August, but she hasn’t been back in the Winner’s Enclosure since — coming second in the Irish Champion Stakes and runner-up again in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. A narrow second in both of those races, coming within a length of the winner, don’t rule Tarnawa out at Del Mar.
Sealiway made the headlines in the United Kingdom recently when he stunned a star-studded field to win the Champion Stakes at Ascot, where he beat Dubai Honour over the line by three quarters of a length to win the meeting’s feature race from 12/1, and after that success, the French-bred horse, who only recently moved to Cedric Rossi’s yard, has been slashed in to the second favourite (5/1). After making a name for himself as a top horse in France, he’s proven his worth at one of flat racing’s biggest meetings and who’s to say he can’t do it again at the Breeders’ Cup?
A three-time Group 1 winner, Mishriff comes in at 11/2 in the Breeders’ Cup Turf ante-post market. The John Gosden-trained horse started this season in the Middle East, winning back-to-back races at Riyadh and Meydan — including the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic at the latter. However, the four-year-old hasn’t been as impressive since returning to British soil, winning just once in four outings — albeit adding another Group 1 victory to his CV with a win in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York. A fourth-place finish in the Champion Stakes, despite setting off as the favourite, was a disappointing run last time out. It will be interesting to see if Mishriff can bounce back at Del Mar should he travel to the Breeders’ Cup.
Gosden could also send Lord North (12/1)stateside for the Breeders Cup Turf, while Aidan O’Brien’s Love (10/1)and Snowfall (12/1)could also feature.