Pegasus World Cup 2019 Betting and Odds Preview
The third edition of the Pegasus World Cup is building up as probably the most exciting Pegasus World Cup race so far. The first two editions in 2017 and 2018 received top marks from horse racing enthusiasts, but the 2019 rendition of the race will be something else. The price purse of $9 million certainly helps here, and it is one of the factors why this January race, which will take place at Gulfstream Park, is so popular in the horse racing world.
There are several horses which are in the running for the top spot and it will come as no surprise that bookmakers have already come up with enticing offers for this top American Thoroughbred horse race.
The top favourites for the first position include horses such as Accelerate, City of Light, Audible, Diversify, Gunnevera, Patternrecognition, and Catholic Boy and bookmakers such as BetEast, BetVision, Fun88, and Ole777 have all made these horses their top favourites.
Can Accelerate Build on the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Notch Another Important Victory?
Accelerate was absolutely amazing in this years’ Breeders’ Cup Classic and stole the show in the race which came with a $6 million purse. The question which is now on everyone’s mind is whether the 5 year old can now build on that success and finish the season in style at the Pegasus World Cup?
The stallion foaled in 2013 is certainly a horse who is able to produce when on the biggest stage as he has an almost 50% success rate, meaning that out of the 21 races in which he has taken part, he finished as the winner in 10.
Furthermore, Accelerate has won at other famous races recently, including Awesome Again Stakes, Pacific Classic Stakes and the Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes. These are some of the toughest races to take part in, and his success there means that he can triumph at the Pegasus World Cup as well. Bookmakers certainly feel this way and make him their top favourite with identical odds of 2/1 given by BetEast, BetVision, Fun88, and Ole777.
Can City of Light Deliver the Goods Once Again?
City of Light has been in terrific form recently. The highly rated horse notched several important victories in 2018 and these include the extremely competitive Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, and other tough races such as the Oaklawn Handicap and the Triple Bend.
This is why the horse trained by Michael W. McCarthy is so highly thought of when it comes to competing at the Pegasus World Cup. Furthermore, City of Light has also been running quite well in the races in which he didn’t win, such as the Forego Handicap, where he finished second, and at the Gold Cup at Santa Anita where he ended up in the third position.
This speaks of continuity in his performances and seeing how the latest race at the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile was his best performance so far, it is to be expected that he will also come good at the Pegasus World Cup, maybe even win it.
Bookmakers definitely make City of Light one of their top candidates, and betting operators such as BetVision, BetEast, Ole777, and Fun88 are giving the 4 year old reasonable odds of 5/1 to finish first.
Will Audible Get in the Mix for the Top Spot?
Audible is trained by the highly rated Todd A. Pletcher and is ridden by the talented Javier Castellano. This is enough for many punters to consider backing the Florida Derby winner to produce another convincing display at the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park.
Audible was absent from racing for six months after his third place finish in the Kentucky Derby, but this doesn’t seem to have affected the horses’ performance as he returned with a bang, winning the Qatar Cherokee Stakes for 3 year olds at Churchill Downs on the second day of the Breeders’ Cup.
Winning at the Breeders’ Cup is never easy, but winning after such an extended break from racing adds even more weight to Audible’s triumph.
This is why bookmakers are looking favourably at Audible’s chances to produce yet another impressive performance at Gulfstream Park come January. All of BetEast, BetVision, Fun88, and Ole777 give the talented performer odds of 6/1 which make him the third favourite for victory, only slightly behind City of Light.
Will Any of Diversify, Gunnevera, Patternrecognition or Catholic Boy Spring a Surprise?
Diversify, Gunnevera, Patternrecognition and Catholic Boy are all considered as slight outsiders for victory if the bookmakers were to be asked, but this doesn’t mean that they don’t have their chances to spring a surprise or two.
This is because all of these horses have placed relatively high in recent races and are currently considered as the cream of the crop in competitive horse racing. Some of them, such as Gunnevera, who finished third last year at the Pegasus World Cup, even have an unfinished business at Gulfstream Park and we might see them right a couple of wrongs.
Diversify, Gunnevera, Patternrecognition and Catholic Boy are all given the same odds of 10/1 by bookmakers such as BetVision, Fun88, BetEast, and Ole777, but this shouldn’t deter you from backing them as they can defeat anyone on their day. In addition to this, the odds of 10/1 certainly make them a more appealing prospect when it comes to maximizing your winnings with a smaller deposit.