The eyes of the horse racing world will be on Keeneland this weekend as the 37th edition of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships takes place.
The event serves as the culmination of the flat racing season and attracts top class horses, trainers and jockeys from around the world.
The Breeders’ Cup originated in 1984 as a year-end championship for North American Thoroughbred horses and their breeders.
It was expanded from one day to two in 2007 and is now widely recognised as one of the most important events in the international racing calendar.
Read on as we preview some of the main races and provide the best Breeders’ Cup horse racing betting opportunities from the prestigious event.
Mogul Fancied to Star in the Turf
Missing the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe could prove to be a blessing in disguise for Mogul in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
The three-year-old was a leading fancy for the Arc after his victory in the Grand Prix de Paris in September, but he was ruled out of the race due to contaminated feed issues.
Aidan O’Brien’s charge has taken a while to find his feet at Group 1 level, but his victory at Longchamp was hugely impressive.
The ground and track at Keeneland should suit Mogul perfectly and he is strongly fancied to run a huge race on Saturday.
Monomoy Girl a Banker in the Distaff
Monomoy Girl rounded off her three-year-old campaign by winning the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Distaff, before a series of setbacks ruled her out of action last season.
She made a successful return to the track at Belmont Park during July, before racing to an impressive victory in a Grade 1 at Churchill Downs in September.
Trainer Brad Cox has said that the mare is better now than she was two years ago, and a second Distaff victory would undoubtedly crown her comeback.
Swiss Skydiver could be dangerous if she lines up in the Distaff, but Monomoy Girl looks a banker bet to win the race for a second time.
Campanelle Good Value in the Juvenile Fillies Turf
Wesley Ward is a master at training two-year-olds and his Campanelle is the value bet in the Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Campanelle lunged late to win the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, before following up in the Prix Morny at Deauville during August.
Ward previously used the Prix Morny as a springboard to Juvenile Turf success before with Hootenanny and it would be no surprise to see him repeat the trick in the sister race.
Former champion jockey Kieran Fallon has been helping with Campanelle’s preparations and those efforts can pay dividends at Keeneland.
O’Brien Youngster Looks the Real Deal
Battleground has not been seen since winning the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes at Goodwood during July, but he looks primed to run a big race in the Juvenile Turf.
The horse was ready to run in the National Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend, but connections decided not to run him as the ground was too soft.
The two-year-old by War Front out of the Breeders’ Cup Turf-winning mare Found should relish the step up to a mile at Keeneland.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien has won this race four times since 2011, but hasn’t had much luck in the last two years with Anthony Van Dyck and Arizona both failing to overcome slow starts.
Warrior the One to Beat in the Juvenile
Jackie’s Warrior took his unbeaten record to four with victory in Champagne Stakes at Belmont in early October and will be tough to beat in the Juvenile.
Prior to that, he had claimed his first Grade 1 success with a staggering display at Saratoga, setting scorching early fractions before easing clear on the run-in.
The Maclean’s Music colt, purchased for $95,000 as a yearling, has now earned more than $400,000 and will line up at Keeneland as a worthy favourite.
Trainer Steve Asmussen has already nurtured the careers of champions such as Curlin and appears to have another star on his hands with Jackie’s Warrior.
Tiz to Rule in the Classic
The Breeders’ Cup Classic is the standout event of the meeting and four-time Grade 1 winner Tiz the Law is strongly fancied to win the race.
The New York-bred three-year-old worked well in his final breeze at Belmont and should be extremely tough to beat at Keeneland.
Tiz the Law was very impressive in winning the Belmont Stakes earlier this season, before narrowly missing out in the Kentucky Derby.
However, his preparations for the Classic have been perfect and the horse looks a good bet to see off a strong field.
Breeders’ Cup Best Bets: Monomoy Girl and Jackie’s Warrior look banker material to win their respective races.
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