Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Tips & Betting Preview

The European raiders looks sure to play a strong part in this race, but the horse that looks vastly overpriced is the Mark Casse trained LA CORONEL. When Florent Geroux hopped off this horse after her win at Saratoga in September, he said “I think we have another Catch A Glimpse”. That was a bold statement and if she is anywhere near as good as Catch A Glimpse – who won this very race last year – she will be difficult to beat. She went off the 19/10 favourite for the Grade 3 Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland last month and hacked up. She looks to be a filly that is improving rapidly and her price seems to be quite an insult, mainly due to the fact that the European runners are usually over bet and under-priced. The slight concern has to be the draw as Stall 14 is not ideal, however a big run is expected.

The formerly French trained Spain Burg has been installed as the favourite to land a very competitive renewal of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Frankie Dettori keeps the ride on the filly who won the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket over 7 furlongs, beating the highly regarded Frankel filly Fair Eva in the process. A week later, the horse was purchased for around $1,700,000 by Dean and Patti Reeves at the Chantilly Arc Sale. She is now trained by Kathy Rivo in America, a trainer who won the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic. The word from the yard is that the horse is doing incredibly well in training and could not be better. She also said that the increase in distance will be well suited and everything looks set for a massive run.

Joseph O’Brien sends his Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Intricately over to do battle and the price has plummeted on this runner ever since the draw was made. Those who are drawn in the middle generally have the best of it and this horse comes out of Stall 7 so will have no excuses. His brother Donnacha rides the Fastnet Rock filly who beat Hydrangea by a short head when an un-fancied 25/1 shot in the Curragh showpiece. It would be a spectacular achievement if he trained his first Breeders’ Cup winner at the very first attempt.

Aidan O’Brien, as per usual, is coming to America with a very strong hand and he runs two here; Hydrangea and Roly Poly. Seamie Heffernan will ride Hydrangea, who has been given a nice draw in Stall 1, whilst Ryan Moore takes the mount on Roly Poly, who will have some work to do to win from Stall 13. There is very little between Hydrangea and Intricately on their Curragh meet, but she is regally bred by Galileo and we probably haven’t seen the best of her yet. Whether she has the speed for a track like Santa Anita remains to be seen, but she ran a good race behind the impressive stablemate Rhododendron at Newmarket and commands plenty of respect.

Roly Poly has to be a serious contender considering War Front’s progeny love rattling ground. She will very much feel at home at Santa Anita; a track that suits pacy top of the ground horses. She won the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket in the hands of Ryan Moore back in July before splitting Queen Kindly and Fair Eva when second in the Lowther Stakes. She went down by a short head to Brave Anna in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes when last seen with Lady Aurelia back in third. The only concern is the draw but, apart from that, she must have an excellent each way chance.

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