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Aintree – Good to Soft
Kelso – Good Soft
Wincanton – Good…
Doncaster 1.25 Virgin Bet Handicap
Selection – Tomfre – 4 year Old Gelding Out of Cable Bay and Kurtanella. Has had 23 career starts winning 7 times, 4 of those wins have came in 7f handicaps on testing ground, including this race last year. With a similar display today should be thereabouts come business end of race. Biggest danger to the selection comes in the shape of Fresh who likes soft ground and will push the selection all the way to the line.
2.15 Grand Sefton Handicap Chase
As is often the case with these races over the national fences it pays to stick with those with experience over them. Cat Tiger finished 3rd in the foxhunters last Spring over this trip. Connections have enjoyed another great start to the season and he’s likely to be primed for a positive run here. A mark of 134 seems fair and is still relatively unexposed as a chaser.
For those who want a slightly bigger price look no further than Sir Jack Yeats, who ran with credit both occasions over these fences last season, when 5th in the Topham, and 2nd in this last December. He runs off the same mark of of 126 today and looks a great each-way play at the current double-figure price.
3:35 – Unibet Elite Hurdle (G2) – Selection: Goshen
I am probably putting my neck on the line here backing Goshen. Gary Moore’s top hurdler is something of an enigma but has the talent to serve it up to the cream of the 2m hurdling crop. Goshen was very impressive over today’s course and distance when winning the Kingwell Hurdle, beating Song For Someone by over 20 lengths. The wheels came off again though at Cheltenham and Punchestown but I am willing to forgive. Connections may like the ground to be a little softer but the wat Goshen travels good ground should be okay. If the real Goshen turns up then he will take some beating. Undoubtedly the main threat is Sceau Royal who is a cracking little campaigner for the Alan King stable and is seeking a hat trick in this race. You also can’t rule out Belfast Banter or Sole Pretender. This is a good contest.
1.40 Novice Handicap Chase – Class 3 – 4yo Plus – 2m 4f…
Hooligan – Alzavoski X Victory Run 6yo gelding.
Makes chase debut after a break of 219 days. Was last seen finishing a 6 length runner up to Berry in a 2m 2f Compiegne Hurdle, the winner has won a pair of Grade 3 Chase’s & 3rd has also won twice since (All in France).
His last run in the UK was back last February, when winning a 2m Handicap Hurdle at Newcastle by 1/2 a length… EACH WAY
The Breeders Cup Blog…
Turf is Firm & the Dirt is Fast….
7.40 Breeders Cup Turf Sprint (Grade 1)
Selection – Golden Pal – 3 year old Colt out of Uncle Mo and Lady Shipman. Has had 7 career starts winning 4 times. Was sent off 1/2 fav in the grade 2 Woodford Stakes at Keeneland last time out and beat Extravagant Kid by 2 and 1/4 lengths over 5f. Won the juvenile sprint last year and looks to build on that success by winning the Turf Sprint this year, biggest danger to the selection comes in the shape of Lieutenant Dan who has won 4 times from last 5 starts.
10.20 FanDuel Breeders Cup Mile
A strong European challenge here, but I’m sticking with the home team and Mo Forza. This Uncle Mo colt has won 8 from 9 and is a perfect 3/3 around Del Mar on the turf. Drawn in 6 he should be able to track the early pace and pounce late for jockey Flavien Prat, who is more than useful around here.
11.40 Longines Breeders Cup Turf
Yibir has enjoyed a successful season and has already taken home a prize from these shores in the Jockey Club at Belmont over this trip. Connections will hope for a proper gallop as he’ll be closing them down on the run-in if his previous 2 wins are anything to go by. It looks a fascinating race and this will require a career best, but he looks a solid each-way bet at the current prices.
8:59 – Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf – Selection: Loves Only You
A dozen Fillies & Mares take on this 10f test. There is plenty of European interest headed by Love and defending champion Audarya. However, a raider from Japan has caught my eye and brings in some very smart form. Loves Only You has continued to improve throughout 2021 and has bagged a 10f Group 1 in Hong Kong’s Queen Elizabeth II Cup back in April. Although it was arguably even better performance when the daughter of Deep Impact finished a tight third behind Mishriff in Dubai, she was only beaten a half length and Walton Street was back in fourth. Her prep run back in Japan was a decent second and if she runs up to the Sheema Classic form then she will go close. Connections obviously think she will handle Del Mar well. Has good form on quick ground. Acanella may be worth an each way punt for Lyons and Keane.
12:40 – Breeders Cup Classic – Selection: Essential Quality
The main event sees a field of nine to post as the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winners take on the top older horses. I have liked Belmont victor Essential Quality for this race all week and I’m not changing my mind now. Brad Cox’s popular grey looks to have the required speed and stamina for this test having won the Travers over 1m 2f and the Belmont over further. Essential Quality should be right up with the pace and can hopefully use his stamina late on. The son of Tapit has had a nice break since August, so all is set for a big run and perhaps crucially he gets 4lbs from Knicks Go. Medina Spirit is a big player in my opinion for Bob Baffert and Hot Rod Charlie who stays very well. What a race this promises to be.
6.25 (R 3) Goldikova Stakes – 3yo Plus – Grade 2 – 1m….
Going Global – Mehmas X Wrood 3yo filly.
Former Michael Halford’s runner has thrived in America, winning 5 of her last 6 starts.
She has risen though the ranks, winning stakes races & going up through the Grades.
She landed the Grade 3 Santa Anita Providencia Fillies’ Stakes in April, In May she landed the 1m 1f Grade 3 honeymoon Stakes before taking a break. On return after 63 days away, she finished 2nd to Madone in the Grade 2 C&D Sun Clemente Stakes in July before taking the 9f (1m 1f) Del Mar Oaks (Fillies’ Grade 1 ) from Closing Remarks in August, which over turned the form with Madone…
DANGER – Princess Grace – 2 from 2 in 2021 & landed the Yellow Ribbon H. Stakes at thie course over 1m 110yds (8 & 1/2F) in August & won the Kentucky Ladies Turf Grade 3 over 1m on September 11th from Dalika….
9.38 ( R 8) Breeders Cup Sprint – Grade 1 – 3yo Plus – 6f….
Dr, Schivel – Violence X Lil Nugget 3yo colt.
Comes in to this race on the back of 5 straight wins, including over C&D in August when landing the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes from Eight Kings. Had a 63 day break before landing teh Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship from Flagship on October 3rd.
Winner of the 2020 RunHappy Grade 1 here…
DANGER – Jackie’s Warrior – Favourite to land the race & has won his last 2 starts including the 7f Grade 1 H. Allen Memorial Stakes at Saratoga in August. Landed a Philadelphia Stakes race on September 25 by 6 & 3/4 lengths..
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