2018 Breeders’ Cup Betting and Odds Preview

breeders cupThe Breeders’ Cup is an annual series of Grade One Thoroughbred horse races which has taken place since 1984 when the company Breeders’ Cup Limited first started operating the event. The Breeders Cup takes place in the United States and is considered as one of the biggest horse racing events of the year.

This is because the attendance for the Breeders’ Cup is usually only second to the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Kentucky Oaks and because the total prize money awarded to winners and participants has constantly been increasing from a total of $23 million in 2007 to over $30 million this year.

Furthermore, in the 2015 listing of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), the Classic, the Turf and the Mile were listed as being some of the top Grade I races in the world, whereas the Distaff was ranked second among the top Grade 1 races for fillies and mares.

Bookmakers are covering all Breeders’ Cup races this year and betting enthusiasts literally cannot wait for the big event to start so that they can see the outcome of their betting propositions and where their favourites will rank. Let’s take a look at the top contenders for some of the most high profile races at this year’s Breeders’ Cup.

Who Will Take the Classic?

mckinzieBreeders’ Cup Classic is the defining event of the international racing season in Thoroughbred racing and is the highest profile race at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. With a prize purse of $6 million, 1 1/4 miles long race has established itself as the top event for Thoroughbreds which are 3-years-old and older.

Of the 14 starters that will run out at Churchill Downs, the biggest favourite according to bookmakers is Accelerate who is given odds of 3/1 by bookmakers such as Fun88, SportPesa, SetantaBet, and 10Bet to finish the race as the winner. GentingBet goes for similar odds of 11/4 for the horse which is sure to be the first name on everyone’s lips coming into the race.

Other contenders for top spot according to Fun88, SportPesa, SetantaBet, and 10Bet are Mckinzie (11/2), Catholic Boy (13/2), and West Coast (7/1). GentingBet goes with something similar and gives the following odds: Catholic Boy (6/1), Mckinzie (6/1), and West Coast (7/1).

Is Enable Able to Take the Turf?

Enable is the biggest favourite to take the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf winner’s spot. The race is run at 1 ½ miles on the grass course, for horses 3-years-old and older and attracts the top grass talent from Europe and North America who compete for a highly lucrative $4 million purse.

Enable is trained by the legendary John Gosden, is ridden by Lanfranco Dettori and is owned by K. Abdullah. The top favourite for the winner’s spot has had 9 wins out of the 10 starts in his career and that 90% success rate has brought him an amazing $8.5 million in prize money. That’s why it is no surprise that GentingBet are giving him odds of 4/7 to triumph here.

Other contenders for the top spot according to GentingBet are Roaring Lion (7/2), Waldgeist (5/1), Talismanic (7/1), Crystal Ocean (8/1), Beach Patrol (12/1), and Capri (12/1).

Who Will Triumph at the Mile?

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John Gosden

The world’s best grass milers compete in the $2 million rated race around two turns on the turf course for horses 3-years-old and older.

This year’s favourite for the Mile this year according to Fun88, SportPesa, SetantaBet, and 10Bet is Polydream, who is rated at odds of 3/1, while GentingBet prize him at 7/2. The horse trained by F.Head, ridden by Maxime Guyon and owned by Wertheimer & Frere has only had 7 starts so far in his career and of those he has won 4 and earned $441,746 in the process.

Other contenders for winning the illustrious race according to Fun88, SportPesa, SetantaBet, and 10Bet are Expert Eye (5/1), Oscar Performance (13/2), Recoletos (13/2), Laurens (8/1), Benbatl (9/1), and With You (10/1). GentingBet has similar favourites in mind and gives the following odds: Expert Eye (6/1), Oscar Performance (6/1), Recoletos (8/1), Laurens (8/1), Lightning Spear (12/1), and Analyze It (14/1).

Can Disco Partner Claim the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint?

Disco Partner is a clear favourite for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint according to bookmakers and he is given odds of 4/1 by betting operators such as Fun88, SportPesa, 10Bet, and SetantaBet.

The horse is ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., trained by Cristophe Clement and owned by Patricia Generazio. In the 26 starts he has had so far in his career he has earned close to $1.3 million and most recently he won the prestigious 2018 Jaipur Invitational Stakes. Disco Partner has 11 wins next to his name and if you think that he will win the $1 million rated race, you can get pretty good odds for him.

Other contenders for a first place finish according to bookmakers such as Fun88, SportPesa, SetantaBet, and 10Bet are US Navy Flag (6/1), Harry Angel (13/2), Stormy Liberal (13/2), Blue Point (8/1), Bound For Nowhere (9/1) and FINE NEEDLE (9/1).