Grade One Breeders’ Cup Bonanza & a 604/1 Each-Way Treble

Stormy Liberal and Dryden Van Dyke winning the Turf Sprint at the 2018 Breeders' Cup

Saturday’s evenings don’t get much better than this. After nine contests over the obstacles on ITV Racing, we’re treated to a Grade One bonanza from Santa Anita.

The 2019 Breeders’ Cup features nine races at the highest level, four on turf and five on the dirt. Here’s an each way treble from the action stateside. Make sure to take advantage of our Horse Racing Tips, both at home and from America.

Turf Sprint (7.33pm)

We’re starting on the turf with a rapid five furlong sprint. The market is currently headed by Eddie Haskell, however he arrives here on the back of two defeats in weaker races and looks a little short in the betting.

Frankie Dettori takes the ride on Imprimis, who finished sixth in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot. He’s been turned over as favourite the last twice however, behind a number of re-opposing rivals including Totally Boss. Jose Ortiz’s mount makes plenty of appeal but the value bet is surely STORMY LIBERAL.

The seven-year-old is the highest rated in the contest and has won the last two renewals of this, including at odds of 40/1 at Del Mar in 2017. He’s failed to add to his 2018 win at Churchill Downs in six starts this year, but he has posted a number of creditable efforts in defeat.

He was beaten just a head by Eddie Haskell over track and trip in February before finishing third to Blue Point in the Al Quoz Spring at Meydan in March. Denied a clear run in his recent prep run when a close third, a huge run has to be anticipated with this race no doubt the target once more.


Filly & Mare Turf (8.54pm)

The US have a strong hand here with last year’s winner Sistercharlie. Trained by the master Chad Brown, she arrives here on the back of six consecutive victories at the highest level. She’s priced accordingly however, and could prove vulnerable to an improver.

The O’Briens have two three-year-olds in the form of Iridessa and Fleeting. Joseph’s filly is not the easiest to predict but she did win her only start over this ten furlong trip with considerable ease and added another Group One success to her CV in the Matron two runs back.

O’Brien Senior’s charge finds it rather hard to win though, and can only be recommended for place claims. She came up short in the Prix de l’Opera two runs back, just failing to reel in the improving VILLA MARINA.

The daughter of Le Havre has won her last three starts over this trip, including that latest breakthrough Group One win. Her front-running style will suit this track and she’s the sole runner on the card for her trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias.


Mile (10.20pm)

One mare who does appeal at the prices for Chad Brown is UNI. She had previously finished behind Got Stormy on her second run of the year. That was in a very tactical race in which the winner benefited from a good ride though, and she was checked a number of times.

She returned to winning ways impressively at Keeneland. That’s her sixth win from her last seven starts and her second at the highest level. In contrast, the aforementioned rival was turned over as a short priced favourite at Woodbine in September.

The British and Irish challenge is headed by Aiden O’Brien’s Circus Maximus. He has been a reformed customer since dropping back to a mile, winning two Group Ones. He’s had little to spare each time though, and he’s far from the quickest, a definite concern at this venue.

Lord Glitters is no doubt a class act on his day, but his hold up style will inconvenience him. Both he and Hey Gaman arrive here on the back of poor performances and should up come short for Britain. Space Traveller landed a Group Two when last seen at Leopardstown, but that was from off the pace.

Tip: UNI @ 9/2

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