Breeders Cup Tips & Betting Guide 2020
The Breeders’ Cup is one of the most eagerly anticipated racing events in the world, especially in North America. If you’re looking for Breeders’ Cup tips and betting analysis you’ve come to the right place. For this years event, our racing expert Stephen Harris will deliver his Breeders’ Cup tips for each race over the two days of running, including his best bet and value bet for the concluding race, the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
What is the Breeders Cup?
The Breeders’ Cup is a series of Grade I thoroughbred horse races run each year with the first Breeders’ Cup run in 1984. From 1984 to 2006, the Breeders’ Cup was a single day event, but from 2007 onwards, the schedule was expanded to cover two days of racing. While the Breeders’ Cup has been traditionally raced in the US, it was run in Canada in 1996.
The 2020 Breeders’ Cup will be the 37th running of the event and will consist of 14 races, with five races on the Friday followed by nine on the Saturday. The International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities ranks the Breeders’ Cup Classic fourth on their list of the world’s top Grade 1 races, with the Breeders’ Cup Turf ranked tenth and the Breeders’ Cup Mile ranked twelfth.
When is the Breeders Cup?
The 2020 Breeders’ Cup will be run over the two days of Friday November 6th and Saturday November 7th.
This year’s Breeders’ Cup will be raced at Keeneland racetrack in Lexington, Kentucky. It will be Keeneland’s second staging of the Breeders’ Cup having previously hosted the event in 2015.
Friday’s races and the early Saturday schedule will be broadcast on NBCSN, with the late afternoon Saturday schedule broadcast live on NBC.
Breeders Cup Tips 2020
Our racing expert Stephen Harris has posted his Breeders’ Cup tips, with a selection for each of the fourteen races over the two days of the event, including his best bet and value bet for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Breeders Cup Tips, November 6th
|20:51||BC Juvenile Turf Sprint||Golden Pal||3.50|
|21:24||BC Juvenile Turf||Sealiway||11.0|
|21:57||BC Juvenile Fillies||Princess Noor||2.50|
|22:30||BC Juvenile Fillies Turf||Plum Ali||6.50|
|23:03||BC Juvenile||Jackies Warrior||2.62|
Odds as at 2pm October 13th 2020. Odds may now differ
Breeders Cup Tips, November 7th
|18:39||BC Filly & Mare Sprint||Gamine||3.50|
|19:12||BC Turf Sprint||Leinster||7.0|
|19:45||BC Dirt Mile||Vekoma||4.50|
|20:18||BC Filly & Mare Turf||Tarnawa||4.50|
|20:51||BC Sprint||Diamond Oops||8.0|
|21:57||BC Distaff||Monomoy Girl||2.62|
|23:03||BC Classic||Tiz the Law||5.50|
Odds as at 2pm October 13th 2020. Odds may now differ
Breeders Cup Classic Tips 2020
|Best Bet||Tiz The Law||5.50|
|Value Bet||Maximum Security||7.50|
Odds as at 2pm October 13th 2020. Odds may now differ
Breeders Cup Classic Tips – Best Bet
Tiz the Law
Barclay Tagg’s top class performer lost his unbeaten record when turned over by Authentic in the Kentucky Derby over this course and distance in September, but he had excuses that day and is strongly fancied to reverse the form (and take his career record to a remarkable 7 wins from 8 starts by landing this valuable prize).
Breeders Cup Classic Tips – Value Bet
Bob Baffert knows exactly what it takes to train a Breeder Classic winner, and his progressive performer looks the best of the bigger priced contenders to land the 2020 renewal. He was beaten at 8/15f at Santa Anita last time out by the current favourite Improbable, but was below par there and will be fancied by many with 11 career wins already under his belt (9 for previous trainer Jason Servis).
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How To Bet On The Breeders Cup
The Breeders’ Cup is one of the most popular racing events in the world, especially in North America. If this is y our first time betting on the Breeders’ Cup, our racing expert Stephen Harris shares his insights and his five keys to betting on the Breeders’ Cup.
1. Look for horses with solid form on the dirt
The Breeders Cup Classic is run over 1m2f on the dirt surface, and those horses who have established themselves as proven under these conditions are worth siding with.
Many high class turf performers from Europe have been sunk without trace as they bravely challenge their American counterparts, and there is little doubt that “home advantage” counts for plenty every year.
2. Previous experience at Keeneland
Course specialists who come back year after year are well worth keeping on side of when studying the form for this prestigious prize, with horses like Tiznow a prime example (won the race in tenacious style in 2000 and 2001 under the American legend Chris McCarron).
3. Freshness can count for plenty
From a European perspective the Breeders Cup Classic comes at the end of a long season (with the effects of the global pandemic in 2020 everything has been even more compressed into a shorter timescale).
This means a tilt at the valuable prize can be something of an afterthought for connections, coming after a series of hard races at Group 1 level in the summer, and it is far better to concentrate on local runners who have had this target as their main aim for the entire year (with just a few preparation races with the aim to peak on the day itself).
4. Stick with proven jockeys and trainers
Time and again the top American trainers and jockeys dominate the Breeders Cup Classic, and it is well worth keeping on side of those with fantastic records at the top table of U.S racing. Three jockeys share a remarkable fourteen wins in the $6 million race, with Jerry Bailey showing the way with five lifetime wins (including on the legendary Cigar).
Chris McCarron has also won five, with Tiznow making history with back to back wins, and Pat Day has racked up four wins. In more recent times Mike E Smith has formed a terrific relationship with three different trainers, landing the prize in 2009, 2011 and 2016.
Bob Baffert has been the most successful trainer this century, winning the race in 2014, 2015 and 2016, remarkably with three different horses all ridden by different jockeys for different owners. He is sure to have one of his his class horses primed for a repeat bid in 2020.
5. Shop around for the best bookmaker prices and offers
As with all major races the bookmakers are extremely keen to attract custom, with the field always ultra competitive and the betting usually wide open. Astute punters should always have a range of betting accounts primed, playing only at the top price on offer, and keeping a close eye out for layers offering enhanced place terms on the day.
This can tranform the odds dramatically in the backers favour, with some firms offering ew 1/4 the odds 123456 on the day if there is a maximum field size attracted. It is well worth taking advantage of this excellent value by perhaps backing a package of horses that you consider likely to give their running and go close.
Breeders Cup UK Horses
Every major international racing event sees a number of entrants from the United Kingdom, and the 2020 Breeders’ Cup is now different. Which UK horses have the best chance of winning at this year’s Breeders’ Cup? Stephen Harris takes a look at the UK horses best in contention at the 2020 Breeders’ Cup.
|Benbatl||S bin Suroor||21.0|
|Lord North||J Gosden||34.0|
Odds as at 2pm October 12th 2020. Odds may now differ
Charlie Appleby’s top class performer has already landed four Group 1 contests in the UK this summer, making all the running and looking a relentless galloper in the process aganst the best middle distance performers in Europe.
He could take plenty of catching if able to dominate this field over a trip he stays so strongly, and certainly looks the most serious threat to the American dominance of this valuable prize.
Saeed bin Suroor’s 6-y-o will be a lot fresher than most of his rivals, coming into this race after just one run at Newmarket in the summer (having had a successful winter landing two valuable prizes in Meydan).
He is just the sort of battle-hardened performer who will relish the brutal demands of a Breeders Cup Classic, and could reward each-way support at a big price if enjoying any luck in running.
John Gosden’s 4-y-o has plenty to find with Ghaiyyath on their running at York in August, but he has been kept fresh since that Group 1 and remains with a bit of scope to improve granted a strong pace in a biger field (can race freely and did remarkably well to land the Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot after racing with the choke out until halfway).
History of the Breeders Cup
The Breeders’ Cup was created as an end of year championship for North American thoroughbred horses, with horses outside the continent also permitted to enter. From its first running in 1984 to the 2006 event, the Breeders’ Cup was raced over a single day. From 2007 onward the event was expanded to cover two days of racing.
Vino Rosso wins the 2019 Breeders Cup Classic
Last Year’s Breeders Cup Results
|BC Juvenile Turf Sprint||Four Wheel Drive||Ortiz Jnr||5.00|
|BC Juvenile Turf||Structor||Ortiz||12.60|
|BC Juvenile Fillies||British Idiom||Catellano||7.40|
|BC Juvenile Fillies Turf||Sharing||Franco||29.60|
|BC Juvenile||Storm the Court||Prat||93.80|
|BC Filly & Mare Sprint||Covfefe||Rosario||5.00|
|BC Turf Sprint||Belvoir Bay||Castellano||31.60|
|BC Dirt Mile||Spun to Run||Ortiz Jnr||20.20|
|BC Filly & Mare Turf||Iridessa||Lordan||28.40|
|BC Distaff||Blue Prize||Bravo||19.80|
|BC Turf||Bricks & Mortar||Ortiz Jnr||4.0|
|BC Classic||Vino Rosso||Ortiz Jnr||11.20|