Breeders’ Cup: five brilliant clashes to savour

Limato steps back up to mile for the first time since May

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Breeders' Cup: five clashes to savour By Alex Wiltshire 2:02pM 5 NOV 2016

NINE Grade 1 races and a total prize fund of £13,523,811. It is no surprise the Breeders' Cup is graced by some of the best equine talent from across the globe.

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With superstars comes heightened anticipation, and there is no shortage of mouthwatering clashes in prospect.

The meeting has already had one thriller following Beholder's tussle with Songbird when claiming the Breeders' Cup Distaff on Friday evening.

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf

If the Breeders' Cup had a Ryder Cup-style trophy marking America's success against the European challenge the home nation would be leading 4-0 before Saturday's action starts.

After Lancaster Bomber's close second behind Oscar Performance in the Juvenile Turf, another European-American duel is in prospect in this race, as Aidan O'Brien's Seventh Heaven takes on the Chad Brown-trained Lady Eli.

Seventh Heaven, who conquered Found in the Yorkshire Oaks in August, is a 7-2 shot against Belmont Oaks winner Lady Eli, who has suffered just one defeat in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa Stakes and heads the market at 3-1.

Twinspires Breeders' Cup Sprint

An all-American affair, but what a contest this promises to be. The market can barely split A.P. Indian, Masochistic and Drefong, who are available at 5-2, 11-4 and 3-1 respectively.

But that is no surprise when you consider the cumulative form figures of each of the runners this season. The result is 111 (Drefong) 11 (Masochistic) and 11111 (A.P. Indian). As the Americans say, somebody's 0 will have to go today.

Breeders' Cup Turf

With Found's defection from the Classic we have a trio of high-class contenders heading the market. This year's Arc winner is bidding to defend the Turf crown she won 12 months ago, when beating Golden Horn by half a length.

She is joined by stablemate and King George victor Highland Reel, who got the better of two-time Arc runner-up Flintshire when the pair met in the Hong Kong Vase in December last year.

Highland Reel

Highland Reel: won the King George under an inspired Ryan Moore

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)

Flintshire, now trained by Chad Brown, was unbeaten this season before suffering a shock defeat last time out in the Joe Hirsch Classic Stakes in October.

Flintshire is 5-2, with the O'Brien pair at 7-2.

Breeders' Cup Mile

Harry Bentley has said he has no concerns with Limato stepping up to a mile, a distance he last raced over when finishing fourth in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May.

Yet he has to take on the Queen of the mile in Royal Ascot winner Tepin, who saw an unbeaten run of eight come crashing to an end at Keeneland in October.

The pair are joint favourites at 7-2.

And can you ever rule out an O'Brien runner for these Group 1 contests? Three-time Group 1 winner Alice Springs is 4-1 to 'upset' the applecart.

Breeders' Cup Classic

A three-time Grade 1 winner against a three-year-old colt unbeaten in four outings, including a victory in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes. Arrogate and Frosted would be a contest to savour.

But odds-on for the Breeders' Cup Classic is seven-time Grade 1-winning superstar California Chrome. The Art Sherman-trained five-year-old is 10-11 to add to his Dubai World Cup victory in March, and is unbeaten in six efforts this year.

Arrogate can be backed at 3-1, with Frosted available at a monster 10-1. His highest ever starting price was when second on debut at 7-1.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show folks.

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