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Nic Ladds 2nd Nov 2009 - 17:46

Where to find your favourites in the Breeders' Cup

While the Breeders' Cup is one of the most exciting racing festivals in the world, to many nearly all the foreign horses will be an unknown quantity to punters, or maybe you can't find your favourite horse from the UK or Ireland amongst the multitude of races going on over the two days?

Well here we hope to give you a brief low down of where the UK and Irish horses are running and point out some of the American and rest of the world entries to look out for in order to increase your enjoyment of this great event.


Breeders' Cup Marathon Stakes - The market is dominated by UK raiders as Mastery goes for the Godolphin stable, along with Father Time for Henry Cecil who both have leading chances and Muhannak is entered for Ralph Beckett.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf - Aidan O'Brien's Lillie Langtry has a strong chance in this, while unbeaten American filly House Of Grace leads the home charge.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies - Blind Luck is one of the most exciting young horses in the States and has already picked up a Grade 1 victory last time out.

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf - Dar Re Mi and Rainbow View are entered but may run elsewhere which would leave Henry Cecil's Nassau Stakes winner Midday one of the leading fancies along with Magical Fantasy who is looking for her fifth win in a row.

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint - Last year's winner Ventura currently heads the betting,  ahead of Informed Decision who has already beaten Ventura this year. Saeed bin Suroor has a strong hand also with Seventh Street and Sara Louise both prominent in the betting and it will be interesting to see which one Frankie Dettori picks.

Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic - Should she run all eyes will be on Zenyatta who is yet to lose in 13 races, but with her entry doubtful, Godolphin's Music Note would most likely head the market, and John Gosden's Rainbow View also looks likely to take her chance.


Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf - Leading US two-year-old Interactif is yet another fancied runner for trainer Todd Pletcher but a strong English contingent headed by Aidan O'Brien's Viscount Nelson and also a host of other British raiders including Pounced, Buzzword, Oasis Dancer and Vale Of York.

Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint - Home hope California Flag has won both starts this season and looks capable of taking this. July Cup winner Fleeting Spirit should be thereabouts while Jeremy Noseda's Group 3 winner Strike The Deal should take his chance too.

Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile - Without Sea The Stars to get in the way, Mastercraftsman should have a leading chance of capturing this prize for Aidan O'Brien. Godolphin aim to spoil his party though and have a trio of entries in the shape of Girolamo, Midshipman and Regal Ransom. Bullsbay heads the home challenge and has captured Grade 1 race on dirt already this season.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile -  A race that could well stay at home as Bob Baffert's Lookin At Lucky comes here with a lofty reputation and is the one to beat, while D'Funnybone should throw down a stern challenge. Best of the domestic raiders comes once again from Mr O'Brien and Alfred Noble is his best chance.

Breeders' Cup Mile - A collection of the best milers in the world gather for this one, and under more patient tactics, Goldikova looks a leading fancy, while Delegator, Zacinto and Gladiatorus head the home challenge, while Colonel John could be the one to strike a blow for America.

Breeders' Cup Sprint - Fleeting Spirit is also entered for this one so keep an eye out as to whether he takes on this or the Turf Sprint. Godophin's Gayego looks to have a big chance but Zensational's last three wins have all been at Grade 1 level and looks set to give this a big go for Bob Baffert.

Breeders' Cup Turf - This could turn in to an English procession with Sir Michael Stoute's Conduit being a leading fancy from Dar Re Mi and Stoute's other runner, Spanish Moon. Summer Bird is not to be underestimated though from the Tim Ice stable as he has already racked up a couple of Grade 1's in America this season.

Breeders' Cup Classic - The final race which has Rip Van Winkle going all out to capture his biggest prize yet this season. This will be fascinating contest between Aidan O'Brien's charge and the unbeaten Zenyatta and trainer John Shirreffs will fancy his chances in a race that you will not want to miss.

Don't forget William Hill are offering Best Odds Guaranteed on all the Breeders Cup races on the day.


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