- WETHERBY: It’s Charlie Hall Chase Day……..
- ASCOT: Jumping Returns To The Berkshire Track…….
- BREEDERS’ CUP: Key Trends For The Main Races……..
- TRAINERS-QUOTES: More TQ VIEW Delight……….
It was a bit of a washout in the end last weekend – let’s hope that’s not a sign of things to come over the winter months!
However, plenty going on this Saturday and no reported issues as the focus for the ITV cameras switches back to the jumpers.
We’ve the popular Wetherby Charlie Hall Chase card to look forward to as the Brian Ellison-trained, Definitly Red, looks to become the first horse since See More Business (1999 & 2000) to win the Charlie Hall Chase in ‘back-to-back’ seasons.
There are also four races at Ascot over the sticks, with the Sodexo Gold Cup one of the highlights. Run over 3m, it’s a race that the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Go Conquer won 12 months ago and was third in 2017.
The action doesn’t end there though as into the night the attention is back on the flat as it’s Breeders’ Cup night in the US. It’s the turn of Santa Anita to host the meeting, for a record-breaking tenth time, and with a number of top European horses making the trip across the pond there’s plenty of interest for punters in the UK and Ireland.
So, as always, we’ve got it all covered with free tips and all the key trends for the LIVE ITV races.
Have a Great Weekend
More TQ VIEW Delight This Week…………….It’s been another decent week for our TQ View picks too. Killaro Boy (2nd 11/2) stayed on well for the Henry Oliver yard at Aintree on Sunday and based on that run looks a horse to look out for next time too. We also had two nice winners in Sevarano (7/4 from 5/2) and Goshen (11/10 from 2/1) to keep things ticking over nicely.
Sevarano clearly enjoyed the step up in trip and looks an exciting hurdler for the Oliver Sherwood yard. He seemed to win with a bit to spare. While the Gary Moore-trained Goshen bolted up in it’s race at Nottingham on Thursday. That was his third win on the spin, but he did it very easily again and even though the handicapper is sure to have his say, he’s a horse of interest going forward for the yard.
TQ Horse To Note………………………………..Most of the time, we highlight horses that ran well last time out, but didn’t win. However, the Tim Vaughan-trained EVAS OSKAR, who won for the third time on the spin at Chepstow on Wednesday, gets the star-billing this week. This fast-improving grey continues to catch the eye in the way he travels in his races and also the way he is finishing them. The first and second pulled well clear of a competitive field too, so the form looks solid and we know that Tim likes this horse a lot. There should be more to come.
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Just a sample of some recent winning quotes……………
“De Forgotten One – Ran well on his return run at Fontwell earlier this month (4th of 7) – that was also his chase debut. Jumped well on the whole but that experience has helped a lot. We feel the slightly longer trip here will help too and has certainly improved for that last outing. Softer ground bit of an unknown but we think it’ll suit. Looking for a good run with the horses going well at the moment – so, each-way claims if handling the ground.”
1ST 4/1 TIM VAUGHAN
“Goshen – Probably our best chance of the day. Heads here off the back of easy wins at Brighton and Sandown – won by 12 and 9 lengths. The last of those wins came of soft ground too so conditions are not a concern. Had a break since, but hopefully he will be fit enough after the time off and has won off a lay-off in the past. Must have every chance, despite being 10lbs higher this time.”
1ST 11/10 GARY MOORE
“Junkanoo – Although it is only his third run in a slightly competitive race, he is going the right way and was an improved 4th last time out at Sandown. The step up in trip will suit too, so surely must have e/w chances with Hector Crouch riding.”
2ND 11/1 GARY MOORE
“Alex Gracie – Could not have been happier with her debut run at Southwell when third (of 13) here. Same trip here and that run seems to have brought her on. Jonathan rides again here and is able to claim 7lbs too so a similar effort should see her in the mix.”
3RD 12/1 SCOTT DIXON
“Sevarano – He’s a lovely big horse and last season’s form has worked out very well. He just didn’t strengthen up at all last season so I turned him away early as he is a big frame of a horse. I was pleased with the way he summered and he has come back looking stronger. I dont think he’ll ever be a robust individual but I’m pleased with the way he’s been working and schooling at home and I’m hopeful he’ll make a good account of himself today.”
1ST 7/4 OLIVER SHERWOOD
“Len Brennan – Returned at the start of the month after a break with a solid run at Southwell (2nd). That came over hurdles but gets in here over fences off the same mark. Had some good form over fences last season and despite yet to win a race has been second 4 times. Soft ground is fine too so every reason to think we can go well here. Decent each-way chance.”
3RD 7/2 TIM VAUGHAN
“Evas Oskar – A horse we like a fair bit and is starting to fulfil that potential by winning his last two. Delighted with his win last time out on his return to the track too at Warwick – showed a lot of guts to get back up and the second has since run well after to give the form a solid look. We are up just 3lbs for that success, but feel he’s come on again for it and this is also a slight drop in grade. More actual weight to carry as a result but we think there is more to come from him and the longer trip will also suit. Should not be far away. Decent each-way claims.”
1ST 5/1 TIM VAUGHAN
“Corazon Espinado – Encouraging return after a break and has good form round here over this trip. Reunited with his winning-most rider – Tom Marquand – and well-drawn (2). He should be thereabouts in a competitive race.”
2ND 20/1 SIMON DOW
“Killaro Boy – Veterans’ Chase here today for Killaro Boy. Been in fine form in last runs back in May and June – 5lbs higher for his gallant effort in the Summer Cup at Uttoxeter last time out. Freshened up with 3-4 months off and has strong each-way claims here at a real jumping track that he’ll love. Trip and ground are fine too.”
2ND 11/2 HENRY OLIVER
“Mystree – Nice race and a nice prize up for grabs here. Winner of the Eider at Newcastle in 2017 and a close second in the race last year too. Stays further than this 3m2f trip so we’ll be hoping to make full use of that. Ground is fine and if all 8 run then e/w claims.”
1ST 10/1 MICHAEL SCUDAMORE
“Teruntum Star – Has done well since coming to us – only had three runs for the yard and the last two have been a step in the right direction. Back in grade here and up to 6f (from 5f) is fine. Soft ground winner in the past too, so the ground will be fine. Many chances, but feel we are one of those and confident of a good run. Decent place claims.”
1ST 14/1 DAVE GRIFFITHS
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WETHERBY: It’s Charlie Hall Chase Day……………..
1.20 bet365 Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-125) 2m3 1/2f ITV4
Just one previous running
Trainer Charlie Longsdon won the 2018 running
Trainer Philip Kirby has a 45% record with his chasers at the track
Trainer Dan Skelton has a 31% record with his chasers at the track
Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has a 21% record with his chasers at the track
Jockey Harry Skelton has a 34% record riding over fences at the track
TQ VERDICT: Just the one previous running to go on here. Le Frank was a nice winner at Carlisle last time out but is up in grade here and is also 8lbs higher in the ratings so more will be needed. So, it might be worth taking a chance on the Dan Skelton runner – WEST TO THE BRIDGE (e/w). The yard has a decent 31% record with their chasers at the track and this 6 year-old ran a respectable fourth on his return run a few weeks ago. He can be expected to have come on for that effort as if came off a 194-day break, while the step up in trip here by 3 ½ furlongs looks sure to suit. He pulled a bit too hard the last day over 2m so will need to settle better here, but that recent run and longer trip should hopefully help in getting him not so buzzy in the early stages of the race. Of the rest, if running the Charlie Longsdon runner – Just Don’t Ask – is another to consider being a proven CD winner and the yard also won this race 12 months ago. Finally, the Nigel Twiston-Davies camp often do well here too, so their Kapgarry, who is also a course winner, enters calculations as well after a fair third on his reappearance run last month.
1.55 – bet365 Mares´ Hurdle (Listed Race) Cl1 2m110y ITV4
12/12 – Had won over at least 2m1f over hurdles before
11/12 – Had between 2-5 previous hurdles wins to their name
10/12 – Having their first run of the season
9/12 – Never raced at Wetherby before
8/12 – Finished unplaced last time out
7/12 – Placed favourites
7/12 – Had won a NH Flat race previously
6/12 – Aged between 5-7 years-old
4/12 – Ran at Punchestown last time out
5/12 – Winning favourites
2/12 – Trained by John Quinn
Lady Buttons (7/2) won this race in 2018 and was second d in 2017
The average winning SP in the last 10 years is 11/4
TQ VERDICT: LADY BUTTONS was runner-up in this contest in 2017 but went one better 12 months ago and she can follow-up again this year. She’s a very versatile sort that is equally as good over both fences and hurdles – she rounded off last season with a fourth in the mares’ hurdle at the Festival and then a second in the Red Rum Chase at Aintree. She won this off a break last season too, wo the 212-day break isn’t a worry. She’s the top-rated in the field and despite having to give weight away remains the one to beat at a track and in a race we know she likes. Of the rest, the unbeaten pair of Zambella and Vision Du Puy can’t be ruled out and even though they could be anything their lack of experience would be a worry. So, the danger can come from the Paul Webber runner – Indefatigable. This 6 year-old will be fitter for a return run at Chepstow earlier this month and is closely-matched with the selection after finishing a neck second to her at Donny last season.
3.05 – bet365 Hurdle (West Yorkshire Hurdle) (Grade 2) Cl1 3m26y ITV4
17/17 – Had won over at least 2m3f over hurdles before
16/17 – Had won at least 3 times over hurdles before
15/17 – Returned 8/1 or shorter in the betting
14/17 – Won this on their seasonal reappearance
14/17 – Failed to win their last race
12/17 – Officially rated 149 or higher
12/17 – Placed favourites
11/17 – Aged 6,7 or 8 years-old
9/17 – Finished unplaced last time out
8/17 – Ran at either Aintree (5) or Cheltenham (3) last time out
7/17 – Had won at Wetherby before
4/17 – Winning favourites
3/17 – Trained by Philip Hobbs
3/17 – Trained by Paul Nicholls
2/17 – Ridden by Paddy Brennan
The average winning SP in the last 10 runnings is 5/1
TQ VERDICT: Unowhatimeanharry is still going strong at the age of 11 and rounded-off last season with a top win at the Punchestown Festival in the Champion Stayers’ Hurdle. He’s actually the top-rated in the field here (155) and would be foolish to rule out with the Harry Fry yard going well at the moment. But as a result of winning a Grade One last time out he’s got to give weight away all-round here and that won’t be easy – especially to some decent younger horses. The 149-rated The Worlds End gets a handy 6lbs off Harry so that brings them really close based on the ratings. He’s a horse that also won first time out last season, so the 210-day break is fine. The Dan Skelton yard do well (33%) with their hurdlers at the track but it will be a big training performance to ready Two Taffs to take this after a 735 break. LE BREUIL (e/w) was last seen winning the 4m race at the Cheltenham Festival in March, but is back over hurdles here. He’s 3-from-8 over the smaller obstacles and if this turns into a real test then his proven stamina over further will be a plus – he can go well. However, the main pick is the Nigel Twiston-Davies runner – BALLYANDY. This 151-rated hurdler will be much fitter for a recent run at Chepstow. Prior to that he was a solid and close third in the Coral Cup at the Festival, while this step up in trip looks a good move by connections. We’ll have to see if he totally stays, but the signs are that it’s worth a crack and he’s still only an 8 year-old!
3.40 – bet365 Charlie Hall Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 3m1f ITV
15/17 – Were having their first run of the season
15/17 – Rated 151 or higher
14/17 – Returned 7/1 or shorter in the betting
14/17 – Had won over at least 3m over fences before
12/17 – Aged 8 or older
12/17 – Had won at least 4 times over fences before
11/17 – Ran at either Ayr (3), Aintree (6) or Cheltenham (2) last time out
10/17 – Aged 8 or 9 years-old
10/17 – Placed favourites
7/17 – Had run at Wetherby before (3 won)
6/17 – Finished 1st or 2nd last time out
4/17 – Winning favourites
3/17 – Trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies (5 wins in total)
2/17 – Trained by Evan Williams
Definitly Red (3/1) won the race in 2018
Nigel Twiston-Davies has won the race in 1992, 1994, 2005, 2007 & 2017
The average winning SP in the last 16 runnings is 7/1
TQ VERDICT: The Brian Ellison-trained DEFINITLY RED will be looking to become the first back-to-back winner of this race since See More Business (1999 & 2000) and he’s certainly got a chance. The yard are in good form too, having won the Old Roan Chase last weekend, while his form at the track reads well 2-1-3-1. He beat Black Corton, by 2 lengths last year in the race, but is now 3lbs better off with that Nicholls runner. He’s a horse that goes well fresh too and acts on all ground – he ticks a lot of boxes. The Colin Tizzard yard took this in 2015 with Cue Card and also have a big chance with Elegant Escape. Last season’s Welsh National winner has stamina in abundance and is another that goes well fresh – I’d just be worried if he’ll find this 3m trip a tad on the sharp side. The improving Aso is another to note for the Venetia Williams yard, while the Nigel Twiston-Davies yard are always respected in this race, having won it 5 times – they run the proven CD winner Ballyoptic, who looks a big player too after his easy comeback win at Chepstow 3 weeks ago. Top Ville Ben is another CD winner here and hails from the Philip Kirby yard that have a 42% record with their chasers here. However, the two at the foot of the weights – Le Bague Au Roi – and MOLLY THE DOLLY (e/w) can give last year’s winner most to think about. Le Bague Au Roi has won 4 of her 5 chase starts and gets a handy 10lbs from Definitly Red too, plus is also a course winner over hurdles here. However, Molly The Dolly might be the better value. She gets in here with just 10-7 and the Dan Skelton yard are another that like having winners here. Jockey Harry Skelton also has a 34% record riding over fences at the track and with 3 wins from 4 since switching to the bigger obstacles, she’s a mare that should have more to come.
ASCOT: Decent Group Three Action…..
Ascot Horse Racing Trends (ITV/ATR)
1.35 – Ascot Underwriting Chase (A Novices´ Limited Handicap) Cl3 2m3f ITV4
6 previous runnings
6/6 – Aged 7 or younger
6/6 – Irish bred
5/6 – Returned 6/1 or shorter in the betting
4/6 – Yet to win over fences
3/6 – Aged 6 year-old
2/6 – Had run over hurdles at Ascot before
1/6 – Winning favourites
The average winning SP in the last 6 runnings is 11/2
TQ VERDICT: A very open-looking race here – with all 10 runners having some sort of chance. With ALL of the alst six winners aged 7 or younger, then that’s a negative for the 9 year-old Pingshou. The Anthony Honeyball yard have a 29% record with their chasers at the track so their Sully D’Oc AA has to be respected, while the 5 year-old Earlofthecotswolds would have a shout if bouncing back from his recent fall at Market Rasen – the longer trip should help him. The Nicholls-trained Darling Maltaix if the only course winner in the field so has to be respected too – Cervaro Mix and Jammy George are certainly others that have the form to go well. But it might be worth taking a chance on the Gary Moore runner – DIABLE DE SIVOLA (e/w). The yard won this race in 2017 and makes his debut for the stable after coming from the Nick Williams camp. He’s gone well fresh in the past and despite not winning yet over fences, has had 7 runs and been in the top three 4 times – 4 of the last 6 winners of this race were yet to win over fences. Soft ground is fine too and we know he stays this sort of trip too.
2.10 – Byrne Group Handicap Chase (Listed Race) Cl1 2m1f ITV4
13/16 – Aged 8 years-old or younger
11/16 – Irish (5) or French (6) bred
11/16 – Returned 13/2 or shorter in the betting
10/16 – Had won between 1-3 times over fences before
9/16 – Having their first run of the new season
9/16 – Carried 11-1 or less in weight
8/16 – Rated 130 or lower
8/16 – Unplaced favourites
5/16 – Aged 8 years-old
5/16 – Won last time out
4/16 – Ran at either Ascot (2) or Aintree (2) last time out
4/16 – Won carrying 11-12
3/16 – Winning favourites
3/16 – Trained by Paul Nicholls
3/16 – Trained by Venetia Williams
2/16 – Ridden by Richard Johnson
The average winning SP in the last 10 runnings is 15/2
TQ VERDICT: Another very open contest, but I think CAID DU LIN, who represents last season’s winning connections, looks the most reliable. This 7 year-old is the only proven CD winner in the field and will be fitter than most after a recent second at Chepstow. Soft ground is fine and this Dr Richard Newland runner is only a pound higher than that run. Of the rest, we can expect the front-running Speredek to make a bold bid from the front and despite note winning at Ascot has run well in defeat here many times. The Evan Williams yard run The Last Day, who is another with solid form if fit enough on his return, while the Skelton yard run two – Yorkist and Hatcher. Ballywood is another to consider from the powerful Alan King yard, as is Capeland and Diego Du Charmil for Paul Nicholls – both are sure to be well-tuned up for their return runs. However, it might be worth taking a chance on the bottom weight – CAP ST VINCENT (e/w) too. This 6 year-old is taking a big step up in grade but gets in here with just 10-5 in weight and looked to still be on the up when winning again last time out at Exeter. The softer ground is a small concern so hopefully the expected winds dry the ground out a bit, but the Tim Vaughan yard are going great guns at the moment and might be dangerous to rule out off such a low weight.
2.45 – Sodexo Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) Cl1 2m ITV4
16/16 – Aged between 4 and 6 years-old
15/15 – Had won over at 2m or 2m1f over hurdles before
13/15 – Never raced at Ascot before
12/15 – Won between 1-3 times over hurdles
9/15 – Having their first run of the season
9/15 – Unplaced last time out
8/15 – Placed favourites
7/15 – Winning favourites (1 co, 2 joint)
6/15 – Ran at Huntingdon (3) or Aintree (3) last time out
6/15 – Winning distance – 2 lengths or more
5/15 – Won by a French bred horse
3/15 – Ridden by a conditional jockey
3/15 – Won by trainer Alan King, including last two renewals
2/15 – Won by the Pipe stable
2/15 – Won by trainer Paul Nicholls
2/15 – Won by trainer Nicky Henderson
6 of the last 10 winners were aged 5 years-old.
The average winning SP in the last 10 runnings is 13/2
TQ VERDICT: We can expect the Philip Hobbs runner – Gumball – to be up with the pace and he should be fitter than most after a good third last time out. He might be hard to peg back and it’s interesting that connections also have a 5lb claiming jockey riding. The Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson yards have won this race in the past too, so their runners Red Force One (Nicholls) and Adjali (Henderson) are sure to be popular. Jolly’s Cracked It and Didtheyleaveuoouto are the only course and distance winners in the race so are worth considering, but the call here is LISP (e/w). The Alan King team have targeted this race with success for the last two seasons and look to have another serious player there. This 145-rated hurdler is the top-rated in the field and also won first time out last season. Soft ground is fine too, and having finished in the top two from his 10 starts over hurdles (3 wins) rarely runs a bad race. Jockey Tom Cannon is back in the saddle too, and his form on the horse reads well – 2-3-1. Add in that 6 of the last 10 winners were aged 5 years-old then he also ticks this key age trend.
3.20 – Sodexo Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 3m ITV4
14/14 – Had won a chase race over at least 2m4f before
11/14 – Didn’t win last time out
10/14 – Had run at Ascot before (4 won)
9/14 – Had won at least 3 times over fences before
9/14 – Unplaced favourites
9/14 – Carried 10-10 or more
9/14 – Aged 8 or older
8/14 – Had won a chase race over at least 3m before
8/14 – Having their first run of the season
8/14 – Unplaced in their last race
8/14 – Winning distance – 4 lengths or more
6/14 – Officially rated 135 to 138 inc
5/14 – Returned a double-figure price in the betting
3/14 – Won by the Pipe stable
3/14 – Winning favourites
2/14 – Trained by Gary Moore
2/14 – Ran at Sandown last time out
2/14 – Ridden by Aidan Coleman
2/14 – Ridden by Barry Geraghty
Go Conquer won the race in 2017 and was third in 2018
The average winning SP in the last 10 runnings is 11/1
TQ VERDICT: The Gary Moore yard have won two of the last three runnings so their LARRY (e/w) will be popular with punters here. This 6 year-old gets in with just 10-6 in weight and looks to have had this race as a target. He ended last season with another nice win at Sandown and is only 4lbs higher for that. We can expect him to have got stronger over the summer, while the softer ground is fine too – he’s won on soft and heavy. The Henderson yard have an interesting runner in On The Blind Side too. He’s not quite fulfilled the reputation many were giving to him as yet but is still lightly-raced and could be dangerous to write-off now into handicap chases – however, I’d prefer to see how he does on the track first. The classy and consistent Black Corton is sure to run his race and is never far away, but it won’t be easy with 11-12 to carry. Mister Malarky will be popular too and the Colin Tizzard yard have made a good start to the new season proper. He’s a proven CD winner too and should go well. Springtown Lake and course winner – Vindication are others to note, but it will be foolish to ignore last year’s third – GO CONQUER (e/w), who also won the 2017 renewal. Yes, he’s rated 8lbs higher than last year and 13lbs higher than when he won the race in 2017, but he’s a horse that goes well off a break and can go well again. In terms of actual weight to carry he’s actually got 6lbs less than last year and was only beaten just over 5 lengths. Ideally, he’d probably want the ground to dry out a bit, but he has won on soft – albeit over a much shorter trip. Of those at bigger prices. Regal Encore, Potterman, Walk In The Mill and Acting Lass must be considered too.
BREEDERS’ CUP: Top-Notch Action From The US……..
8.54 – Maker’s Mark Breeders´ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (Grade 1) (3yo+ Fillies & Mares) (Turf) 1m2f
15/15 – Placed in the top 4 last time out
15/15 – Won by either a UK (6) or US (9) based yard
15/15 – Had raced in the last 12 weeks
12/15 – Had raced in the last 6 weeks
12/15 – Drawn in stall 7 or lower (note, different tracks)
12/15 – Previous Group/Grade 1 winners
11/15 – Placed favourites
11/15 – Returned 10/1 or shorter in the betting
10/15 – Aged 4 or 5 years-old
9/15 – Had won no more than 6 times
7/15 – Had won over 1m2f before
7/15 – Won last time out
7/15 – Drawn in stalls 5,6 or 7 (note, different tracks)
4/15 – Winning favourites
4 of the last 7 runnings went to trainer Chad Brown
No horse has won back-to-back runnings
Ouija Board (2004 & 2006) the only horse to win the race twice
Sistercharlie won the race in 2018
TQ BEST BET: SISTERCHARLIE
DANGER: FANNY LOGAN
10.20 – TVG Breeders´ Cup Mile (Grade 1) (3yo+) (Turf) 1m
15/15 – Had won over at least a mile before
15/15 – Had won at least 4 times before
14/15 – Had raced in the last 6 weeks
13/15 – Placed in the top 4 last time out
11/15 – Aged 4 or older
10/15 – US-trained winners
10/15 – Had won a Group/Grade1 race before
8/15 – Winning favourites (including 8 of last 10)
7/15 – Drawn between stalls 8-11 (note, different tracks)
5/15 – Won last time out
4/15 – French-trained winners
1/15 – UK/IRE-trained winners
Trainer Mark Casse has won 2 of the last 4 renewals
TQ BEST BET: GOT STORMY
11.40 – Longines Breeders´ Cup Turf (Grade 1) (3yo+) (Turf) 1m4f
14/15 – Placed in the top 5 last time out
14/15 – Raced in the last 8 weeks
14/15 – Had won at least 3 times before
12/15 – Raced in the last 6 weeks
12/15 – Had won a Group/Grade 1 before
11/15 – Aged 4 or 5 years-old
11/15 – Had won over 1m4f before
11/15 – European-trained winners
10/15 – Placed favourites
10/15 – Drawn in stall 5 or higher (note, different tracks)
5/15 – Won last time out
4/15 – Ridden by Ryan Moore
4/15 – US-trained winners
2/15 – Winning favourites
4 of the last 8 runnings went to trainer Aidan O’Brien
TQ BEST BET: ANTHONY VAN DYKE
DANGER: OLD PERSIAN
12.44 – Longines Breeders´ Cup Classic (Grade 1) (3yo+) (Dirt) 1m2f
15/15 – Placed in the top 3 last time out
15/15 – Had won over at least 9f before
15/15 – Raced in the last 9 weeks
14/15 – Previous Group/Grade 1 winners
14/15 – USA-trained winners
14/15 – Returned 9/1 or shorter in the betting
12/15 – Had won at least 5 times before
11/15 – Won last time out
10/15 – Aged 4 or 5 years-old
9/15 – Unplaced favourites
6/15 – Had raced at Belmont Park last time out
2/15 – Winning favourites
3 of the last 5 winners were trained by Bob Baffert
In the 35 runnings to date of the Breeders’ Cup Classic – 4 year-old horses have the best record – winning 14, while 3 year-olds have taken 12 and 5 year-olds have won 9.
TQ BEST BET: MCKINZIE
THAT’S YOUR LOT!!!
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