What is the Breeders’ Cup?
Since it began in 1984 the Breeders’ Cup meeting has been one of the highlights of the international racing calendar and with a raft of top European talent on show at Santa Anita, California this year’s renewal should be no exception.
The two-day meeting consists of 14 races starting with the Grade 2 Marathon on Friday and culminating with the $5m Classic, which Aidan O’Brien will attempt to win for the first time on Saturday.
Declaration of War is rated as one of the Ballydoyle trainer’s best ever chances to win this prestigious race as the four-year-old has plenty of dirt pedigree in his lineage, which suggests he will be suited to the Santa Anita track.
At 7/1 in an 11-runner field with Coral paying quarter the odds on the first three places, the War Front colt looks a cracking each-way bet under the trainer’s son Joseph.
The most lucrative race outside the Classic is the Breeders’ Cup Turf, with $3m up for grabs over the Derby trip of 1m 4f and former California-based trainer John Gosden is hopeful The Fugue can see off a top-class field to land favourite odds of 2/1.
Gosden admits he is taking a gamble as his girl would probably hose up in the $1m Filly and Mare Turf earlier in the day and faces last year’s winner Little Mike, who is currently 7/1 with Coral.
However, The Fugue looked a class apart when winning by four lengths over this trip in the Yorkshire Oaks in August and she looks a good thing to give her trainer a first Breeders’ Cup win since Pounced took the Juvenile Turf back in 2009.
Little Mike’s 2012 victory was the first time the race has been won by a US-trained horse since 2007 and Europeans have won six of the last eight Breeders’ Cup Turf renewals, so history is on Gosden’s side in America.