The start of the Breeders Cup is edging closer, with the action set to get underway at Keeneland on the 6th November. However, one of the most interesting races of the festival will take place the following day, as the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf takes place.
It is typically one of the most unpredictable races of the festival, which does present room for value for gamblers.
The race has been dominated by British and Irish trained horses over the past four years, with the winner last year being the three-year-old Iridessa, who is trained by Joseph O’Brien. You can check here the complete list of Breeders Cup winners: https://www.twinspires.com/breeders-cup/winners
But, who could be best placed to win the race this year?
Tarnawa To Head Betting
The horse at the top of the ante-post markets for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf is currently Tarnawa for trainer D K Weld. It’s hard to argue against the four-year-olds form so far this season, as she has been in excellent form since defeat in the British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes in October last year.
On that occasion, she failed to keep up with the field, but that has been a sign of the past this season.
Her stock has continued to rise throughout the season and will come to Keeneland having won consecutive races at Longchamp in September and October. She won the Qatar Prix Vermeille in September, which was Group 1 race and followed that up with another Group 1 success in the Prix de l’Opera Longines.
The biggest change this year has been her staying power, as she has powered home on both of these runs. If she can match the form that she has shown in France, then she will be difficult to beat.
Love And Magical Strong Claims
There will also be strong British contenders in the market in the form of Love and Magical. Love will be the leading contender for O’Brien this season, who will be looking to become the first trainer since Chad Brown to win consecutive races.
Love is one of the most talented horses in training, and she has been in excellent form throughout this season. She has been run sparingly throughout the season, with at least a month in between runs.
That would certainly indicate that O’Brien’s target will be this race at Keeneland, and her form would make her a solid contender. She opened the season with a win at Newmarket in June, before that was followed up with a success in the Investec Oaks at Epsom in July.
She held off a talented field in that race, which also included Frankly Darling and Ennistymon. Love’s most recent success came in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks, which is part of the British Champions Series, and will likely race once more before heading to the United States. But her form makes her a strong contender to dominate the field.
However, the pick out of the ante-post market is Magical, who is also trained by O’Brien. There are very few horses that are as dominant on the track as Magical, and she has once again shown that this season with three wins from four starts. Her only defeat of the campaign came at York in August where she was beaten by Ghaiyyath.
Still, this defeat was quickly avenged with success the following month in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, as Magical won by three-quarters of a length from Ghayyath.
There is still doubt whether Magical will be heading to Keeneland, but if she does, then she would be a solid selection for gamblers when it comes to a winner for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mares.
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