New Sarah's Racing Insights - Breeders’ Cup: Is Classic Glory on the Cards for Ballydoyle?


The racing just keeps coming from Del Mar, and we’ve got another action-packed card filled with Ballydoyle runners once again.  There is, of course, the small matter of the Breeders’ Cup itself to end the meeting, but first, let’s take a look at the other runners on the card.


Declaration of Peace is the first runner on the card, and I think Del Mar might be a course that suits him. Performing better on the all-weather at Dundalk this season, where he’s picked up two victories,  if he can get a good run then an each-way finish isn’t beyond the two-year-old, especially with Moore in the saddle.


Washington DC is the feature runner in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, but I think he’ll have to go some guns to beat Lady Aurelia or Marsha here.  Priced at 16/1, he could, in theory, find the win, but if you must have a bet, then I’d go each-way.

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Rhododendron has been one of my favourite horses this season and would like nothing better than to see her pass the post first at Del Mar. Winning at Chantilly last time out just affirmed her class for me, and priced at 7/2, he’s a good price and will most likely go to post shorter.

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If you take notice of one horse in the preview, then please make it Roly Poly.  Three wins this season make her stand out from the crowd here in my opinion, and with Lancaster Bomber to help keep her running clean, I’m going for a firm win here.


US Navy Flag heads to Del Mar searching for his fourth win on the bounce, and if the race goes his way, I expect him to get it.  Victorious twice at Newmarket in the closing weeks of the UK flat season, I’m hoping for fireworks here, and the chance he’ll leave Bolt D’Oro in the dust.  

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With three to choose from in the Breeders’ Cup Turf - the first on my list is Highland Reel. Flying to victory in this race last year, he’s back for another crack and after winning at Ascot earlier this season, he should find it easy to pick up a victory here.


Next up is Seventh Heaven, who seems to have dropped off a little in the closing months of the UK flat season. It could be she’s more a fair weather horse, so I’m not expecting a huge amount from her here.


The final horse on my list for this race is Cliffs of Moher, a 16/1 chance, he would have to do something extra special here to pick up a victory, but I’m optimistic about his each-way chances, so get your bets on.


I can’t close out this preview without mentioning the Breeders’ Cup and Churchill - another of my favourites this season, I want him to go all the way and bring the Classic trophy back to Ballydoyle.  My head, however, says he’s a solid each-way chance and a 16/1, who am I to argue.

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Breeders Cup: Coolmore Go For Forecast in Fillies Turf


After dominating the Group One races in the UK and across Europe, Aidan O’Brien has packed up his top charges and sent them across to Del Mar for the illustrious Breeders Cup meeting.


With three days of exciting racing for punters to sink their teeth into, I've taken a look at the first day of racing, to see where his top chances can land a victory.


The Juvenile Fillies Turf is the first race where Coolmore will look to make an impact, and it's a race that features one of my favourite horses - September.


Second last time out at Newmarket, she was just narrowly beaten by Laurens, and in all honesty, I thought it was a race she was going to win. Seamie should give her a good ride at Del Mar where a drier track should help her find the winning form we saw at Ascot.


Happily is the second Coolmore horse in the race, and she heads to the US looking for a hat-trick following her win at Chantilly and the Curragh.  Currently priced 7/2, she is the stables top choice for the race with Ryan handed the ride. She’s a progressive two-year-old, so should do well here, and if we're very lucky, we could see an O'Brien one-two.


Next on our list is the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and it’s down to Mendelssohn to make a big impact for Aidan in this race.  I have to admit, he’s a horse that’s grown on me this season, and his performance in the Dewhurst to finish second behind US Navy Flag should give him some strong recognition here. He will face some stiff competition to finish first, but let’s hope the faith I’ve put in him.


Breeders Cup:  Coolmore Best Bets


There’s three action packed days at Del Mar for Coolmore fans, so alongside my daily racing insights, I’ve picked out my top chance for each day of the Breeders’ Cup meeting.


Friday

I’ve two races to chose from on Friday, but I’ve gone with the Juvenile Fillies Turf for my best bet of the day. The form in this race points towards Happily and with a hat-trick of wins staring her in the face, it’s hard to contest her form.  But, in racing the heart often rules the head, which means my pick for that race is September.  


Performing well at Royal Ascot, she’s a fillies that has stuck in my mind all season, and I hope she’ll be able to add another win to her tally in this very classy Grade One.


Saturday

I’m finding it hard to pick just one runner for Saturday with Rhododedron, Roly Poly, US Navy Flag and Highland Reel all still on the cards to run. However, I’ve gone with US Navy Flag, to fly the Coolmore flag and whiz past the post first.

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With three wins in his last three outings, it’s hard to dispute his top class form coming into Breeders’ Cup Juvenile for Colts and Geldings, so I’m expecting something special here.


Sunday

There's only one race and one horse we can talk about here, and that’s Churchill in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. I have to admit I have a soft spot for this horse, and his wins earlier in the season saw me jumping for joy as he passed the post.  He suffered a bit of a dip in the middle of seasons, but looks to be getting back on track here, so I’m going stick my neck on the line and say he’ll play so get your each-way bets on him at 14/1.

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New Sarah's Racing Insights - Record Breaking Task at Doncaster



27.10
When equaling the record at Ascot last weekend, the Coolmore team once again etched themselves into the history books. They have the chance to add to their success rate this weekend at Doncaster, with the Racing Post stakes the highlight on the card.

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Racing Post Trophy Favorite Saxon Warrior

So, let's get straight down to it and take a look at our big race contenders. Saxon Warrior is a 7/4 chance to take the race, and having won a Group 2 at Naas last time out - he looks capable of pulling off another win here and picking up a hat-trick in what will only be his third run of the season. Ryan Moore has been given the ride, so he looks to be the main threat here, but with three others on the card, the realm of possibility is endless. 

The Pentagon also heads to Doncaster looking for a hat-trick of wins, and after a longer layoff than his stablemates, his freshness could prove key here. He makes a massive step in class here, but with Coolmore showing faith in his ability, who am I to doubt his chances. 

Seahenge has been a personal favourite of mine this season, and despite a minor blip Goodwood in August, the two-year-old has performed well, with his third place finish in the Dewhurst going some way to showing how good he actually is. Currently priced 11/1 in the betting, he is my gamble here to go flying past the post first. 

Coat of Arms has been solid all season with strong place finishes at Newmarket, The Curragh, and Leopardstown, and we could see him pick up another here. Still only a two-year-old, he is packed full of promise, so I suggest watching out for him next season.
 
 


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Champions Day Supremacy At Ascot By Sarah Shannon




It's Champions (cue the Champions League music) Day at Ascot, and today could finally be the day that Ballydoyle wins that elusive Group One winner and breaks the long-standing record.

Order of St George is the clear favourite to take the opener at Ascot.  He was a little under par when running in the Arc, but his performances earlier this year at the Curragh, and here at Royal Ascot certainly show his class.  Taking on Big Orange once again here, if he is to pick up the victory, I feel he'll have to push on early and not let 'The Orange' lead from the front. 

The Champion Sprint Stakes looks as though it's Aidan's  for the taking, and if the race goes his way, we could be seeing a potential one-two-three finish.  

Caravaggio is my runner of choice in this race and my best bet on the card today.  Defeating Harry Angel on this course earlier this year,  he took to Ascot well, and I believe he can do it again here today. 

You have to go further into the betting to find our other three runners today with Washington DC, Intelligence Cross and Alphabet all at enticing odds of 50/1 or above. If you fancy an each-way punt here, our top fancy is Intelligence Cross. 

Hydrangea has been in her best form of the season in her last two races picking up a win and second-place finish.  Priced 6/1 here, stamina is the only concern we foresee here, but if she can find that, she should match French raider Bateel.  Stable companion Wild Irish Rose could be the pacemaker here, but she has promising form of her own, so could surprise us here. 

We've got another three to choose from in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and it's Churchill that's our runner of choice here, and one of my personal favourites.  If he can refind his early season form here,  we expect a strong performance. With Lancaster Bomber and Sir John Lavery to lend a helping hand here today, we're going to put our colours on the line and go for one-two double with Lancaster Bomber's run at Woodbine strongly playing on our minds. 

Highland Reel has a strong foe to overcome in Crackmans in the Champion Stakes here, but he will look to follow up his Royal Ascot win by passing the post first.  The groud could be a little too soft for him here, but we have confidence in his ability here. Cliffs of Moher also goes to post alongside Highland Reel, and he looks a solid each-way chance at 9/1. 




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Ballydoyle Raise the Flag at Newmarket By Sarah Shannon

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Breaking the record of 25 Group One races in a season is getting closer for the team at Ballydoyle, and if results go their way, today could be the day. 

Kew Gardens is favourite to take the opening race at Newmarket, and after some strong runs this season, I believe he'll make a smart stayer next year. A second place finish to stablemate Nelson sets him above the pack here, so he should round off the season with a convincing victory. 

You have to look quite a way down the card to find 12/1 chance Flag of Honour in the second race, but, I'm still not ruling out a first place finish. Victorious on his last outing at Naas, he pushed on in the hands of Seamie Heffernan to land a comprehensive win, and if we see something similar - that price of 12/1 is a steal.

Ballydoyle sends three to the Dewhurst, and with another Group One set firmly in their sites - could this be the race that breaks the record?

Pick of the bunch is US Navy Flag - a horse which is a personal favourite of mine. Heading to the Dewhurst looking for a hat-trick following his recent victory in the Middle Park Stakes, he looks too good to be priced 8/1. 

I can't rule out Seahenge here after winning at Doncaster last time out, and at 11/1 he looks a tempting each-way chance in the betting, so I'm banking on him coming strong to finish behind his stablemate. 

There's also two 66/1 chances for you to have a punt on in this race with Mendelson and Threeandfourpence.  My preference is for the latter of the two, but both of them will have to pull something special out of the bag if they're going to win here - so if you're going for one of these to,  each-way betting is the way to go. 


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Newmarket Domination on the Cards By Sarah Shannon


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Friday's card at Newmarket is packed full of Aiden O'Brien runners, so we've taken a look at his best chances for race winners.


With only one runner in the first race, it's down to Battle of Jericho to show his worth and cause an upset. An 8/1 chance, his victory in the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood showcased his pedigree, so he should be strong enough here if he reproduces that form.


It's a choice of two in the second race on the card, and although we're a big fan of Butterscotch, it's I Can Fly that catches the eye here.  Winning at Dundalk on his debut last month he makes the move to turf here, where it looks as though she'll kick on further ready for next season.


In the third race on the card it's Cougar Mountain who is the lone O’Brien runners, he hasn't had the best of seasons, but we'd be happy to see him placed to finish the season strongly.


The Fillies Mile is the big one on the card for O'Brien followers today, with two top-class runners to choose from all of them have the potential of passing the post first here.


With Happily now out of the race, our focus switches to Magical and September.


Magical started the season strongly with wins at the Curragh and Cork, but makes her first ever trip to Newmarket here and only her second to the UK. Ryan Moore is now in her saddle for the race today, if she gets a good position, she should run well.


September has been a favourite of ours throughout the season, and showed her class with a Chesham win at Royal Ascot.  She is 6/1 to pick up the victory here at Newmarket, and could be the one to pick up the victory here.





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