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UK Raiders Looking Strong In Breeders’ Cup Turf
Yibir winning the 2021 Breeders' Cup Turf (Ernie Belmonte)

UK Raiders Looking Strong In Breeders’ Cup Turf

The year seems to be going fast and it won’t be too long until the start of November. That means time for the Breeders’ Cup meeting at Keeneland on November 4 and 5. It promises to again be a great two days of betting on horse racing based on the current horse betting deals. There will be plenty of UK horses crossing the pond.

There are bound to be some fireworks on November 5, However, picking Breeders’ Cup winners doesn’t look an easy task. Don’t be expecting any short-priced favorites as all the races seem to be extremely competitive.

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The Breeders’ Cup Turf looks like a race that a UK horse could well win again. Only once in the last seven years has the winner of this race been trained in the US. That was when Bricks and Mortar won in 2019. That win ended a run of four years in which the winner had come from either the UK or Ireland.

Ybir was the winner last year and was the first three-year-old winner of the race since Found in 2015. The Charlie Appelby trained runner will be back in 2022 and aiming to be the first horse to win two years in a row since Conduit who won in 2008 and 2009.

Four runs this year have only produced one win. The first three races all ended in failure, Last time out though, Ybir returned to winning ways when landing the Group 2 Princess of Wales’ Stakes at Newmarket earlier this month. Likely again to be held back at the rear early on, could another storming finish be on the cards in November?

Another UK candidate is Desert Crown, trained by Sir Michael Stoute. This three-year-old won the Epsom Derby by two-and-a-half lengths in June. Not many horses win that classic and be eased down towards the finish. He’s off-the-track at present but is likely to make his return and have an end-of-year campaign.

Mishriff is trained by John and Thady Gosden and nearly won the Group 1 Coral Eclipse this year. July has seen him in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes but could only finish third behind Pyledriver. The four-year-old lost several lengths at the start and was 11 lengths adrift of the winner. With a better start, he’ll do better but a mile and a half isn’t his best distance.

Pyledriver is also due to travel to the States for this race. This William Muir and Chris Grassick trained five-year-old won the Coronation Cup last year and was second in this season. He was an outsider to win the King George but defied the odds to win.

This is a race that looks like being dominated by the UK and Irish horses. Other contenders in the market include the 2021 Epsom Derby winner Adayar, though he hasn’t had a race so far this year. 

US hopes of success lie mainly with Adhamo. The four-year-old is trained by Chad C Brown and on July 23 won the Grade 1 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park. That ended a run of eight races without a win. Formerly trained in France, the latest win was over 11 furlongs and he ran on well in the last. He faces a tough task beating the UK runners in this fascinating race.

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