2015 Breeders Cup
The 2015 Breeders's Cup will be staged for the first time at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky, where the very idea of the iconic event was born. Taking place on the 30th and 31st October, the best thoroughbreds from around the globe will be on show as the world's greatest trainers and jockeys hope to earn a place in the history books by winning one of the prestigeous races.
The feature race of the two-day meeting is the $5 million Breeders Cup Classic on dirt, won last year by Bayern under jockey Martin Garcia, the Bob Baffert-trained colt becoming the first 3-year-old winner of the race since Frankie Dettori rode John Gosden's Raven's Pass to victory in 2008. When calculating your staking plan for the race it's worth considering that there has not been a multiple champion in this race since the back-to-back successes of Tiznow in 2000 and 2001 and Zenyatta's 2009 victory marks the only win for the fairer sex.
As with the last mentioned event, the Breeders' Cup Sprint tends to be dominated by the American trainers, most notably Bob Baffert who has won the race four times. Baffert produced Secret Circle to win the 2013 renewal in only his second start following a 18-month lay off, while last year's renewal went to Work All Week for trainer Roger Brueggemann.
The Breeders Cup Turf is the main target for the top European thoroughbreds with Sir Michael Stoute and Aidan O'Brien having enjoyed more success in the race than any other trainers, with four wins a-piece. The Graham Motion-trained Main Sequence landed the spoils in 2014 to give jockey John R. Velazquez his second success in the race, his first coming aboard another 5-year-old, English Channel in 2007. Frankie Dettori has achieved the most wins in the race as a jockey with his fourth triumph coming aboard Dangerous Midge in 2010, though Ryan Moore is hot on his heels following his third win on Magician in 2013.
The Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Turf is another race where Europe excels. The 10 furlong event attracts the cream of middle distance runners and Sir Michael Stoute won the race for the second time when Dank obliged in 2013. Andre Fabre (Banks Hill 2001), Ed Dunlop (Ouija Board 2004 & 2006) and Henry Cecil (Midday 2009) have all carried the flag to success for Europe in the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Keep an eye on any entries from the Chad Brown yard though as the American has saddled two of the previous three winners, with Zagora in 2012 and Dayatthespa last year.
Europe Looking To Bounce Back In 2015
The 2014 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita did not go to plan for the European contingent, with the exception of Karakontie in the Breeders' Cup Mile for Nortumbrian trainer Jonathan Pease. Perhaps to most agonising defeat was Toast Of New York who tracked Bayern all the way in the Breeders Cup Classic and was closing at the line, but ran out of track to reel the front-runner in.
Take a look at the thrilling finish to the 2014 Breeders Cup Classic in the video below;
Europe fielded a strong hand in the Breeders' Cup Filly And Mare Turf headed by 2013 winner and 7-4 favourite Dank but the best Sir Michael Stoute's five-year-old could manage was fourth spot behind Dayatthespa with Charles Hills' Just The Judge one place better in third. The David Simcock-trained Caspar Netscher ran to a satisfactory level in the Turf Sprint without ever really threatening to win, with the same to be said of The Great War in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the mount of Ryan Moore finishing an honourable fourth.
The 1m 4f Breeders' Cup Turf was expected to go the way of Telescope or Arc runner-up Flintshire with Chicquita and Brown Panther also adding to a strong team of European runners, but it was 2012 Epsom Derby runner-up Main Sequence who stole the show.
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