The world’s best from around the world will lock horns in one of the world’s greatest sporting arenas, and it also provides ample betting opportunities for punters to get their teeth stuck into.
What makes this an intriguing meeting for racing gamblers is that form-lines from Europe and America come together and it is hard to bookmakers to categorically deem which form from either side of the Atlantic is the stronger.
With that in mind, it is possible to find some value, where the bookmakers may have slipped up.
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This year, it seems the value in most of the big races on Saturday lies in the chances of the European contingent of runners that have made the journey half way around the world.
Perhaps one of the best bets of the night could come courtesy of Dundonnell, who is trained by British trainer Roger Charlton, in the Breeders´ Cup Juvenile Turf, which is due to kick off proceedings at 6.50pm UK time.
There is a feeling around that this year’s crop of two-year-olds in the UK could be a very talented bunch, and Dundonnell has some interesting form-lines that make him a very decent betting proposition around the 3/1 (Bet365) mark.
He looks very capable of performing to his best on the quick ground in America judging by the comments of Charlton that he reckons that his horse is a top-class performer on fast ground.
His relatively simple beating of the well regarded Steeler emphasized that in the Acomb Stakes at York.
That form has been subsequently franked by the Mark Johnston-trained horse, who went onto finish a close third behind next year’s Derby favourite Kingsbarns in the Racing Post Trophy, which is always regarded as a very strong juvenile race.
If Dundonnell, who is owned by the same owner as Frankel, Prince Kahlib Abdullah, runs to anywhere near his best, then he should be too classy for an ordinary bunch of American two-year-olds.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien is always a man to respect when he decides to take a team of horses to America, and it was he who posted the only two victories that Europe achieved at the Breeders Cup last year.
One of those winners, St Nicholas Abbey, is back again one year on to defending his crown in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, run at 10.18pm UK time.
St Nicholas Abbey, a 3/1 (Ladbrokes) to make it back-to-back successes, is a different horse when he runs on tight, speed orientated, tracks like Santa Anita that also are run right-handed.
Around courses such as Ascot and Longchamp he never seems to perform to his best but at Epsom and Chester, both right-handed tracks like Santa Anita, he is unbeaten at the top level, which includes two wins in the Coronation Cup at Epsom.
He looks set to get his ideal conditions here, and from a good draw in stall three, looks the clear favourite on paper. In truth, he should arguably be a 7/4 shot, therefore the 3/1 available should be snapped up with confidence.
O’Brien also has the favourite for the feature race, the Breeders´ Cup Mile, set to be run at 11.40pm UK time, in the shape of Excelebration but he looks a far weaker market leader and can be taken on with Moonlight Cloud, trained in France by Freddie Head.
She has been specifically laid out for the race all season, whilst O’Brien’s runner has had a long hard season. At 5/1 (Ladbrokes) she is a solid wager as her freshness could be the difference between the pair, who are closely matched when both at their best.