Breeders’ Cup Classic Tips and Betting Offers, Del Mar, Saturday 4th November 2017

The attention of horse racing fans from all over the world will be turned to Del Mar, Southern California this weekend for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The truly global two day event sees the best horses and trainers flock to a different North American track every for a series of top quality races. But, there is one standout race, the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Run over one and one quarter miles on a dirt track, this Grade 1 race is thought of by many as the biggest race of the year and fittingly it has an eye watering prize fund of $6 million.

Breeders’ Cup Classic Betting Tips and Offers

  • West Coast to win at 6/1 with Betfair
  • Churchill each way at 16/1 with Coral

Many of the biggest trainers in European racing make the end of season trip to America for the Breeders’ Cup. The likes of Aidan O’Brien, Sir Michael Stoute and John Gosden all have well fancied horses this weekend but it’s American trainers who have dominated the Breeders’ Cup Classic. In fact, Bob Baffert has trained the winner of the last three Classics and he’s got one of the favourites for this year’s running in the shape of Arrogate.

The 2016 winner is only four but Saturday evening’s race will be the last of his successful career. Arrogate’s already earned over $17,000,000 from just 10 races and he’ll have plenty of backers for one more big performance. Unfortunately, 2017 has not been a stellar year and he appears to have lost some of the incredible pace that he displayed only 12 months ago.

Baffert has to hope that Arrogate will get back to his best but at a general 9/4 there are more appealing options. One of those is another Baffert trained horse, West Coast who is 6/1 with Betfair.

After a season in which no three-year-old stood up and dominated, West Coast’s improvement in recent months has led some to believe that he is the best three-year-old around. A win in the Classic would surely see him named the horse of the year in the USA and he’s got every chance. West Coast has a frightening turn of pace in the closing stages and with the experienced Javier Castellano on board, he should be able to sit comfortably in the pack before firing late on a and claiming the biggest win of his career.

Given the quality of horses competing in the Classic, it’s a race which regularly serves up big odds winners in the places. Aidan O’Brien will hope that his 2000 Guineas winning charge, Churchill, will be able to compete at 16/1 with Coral. Churchill has been in some great battles with his fellow three-year-olds in Britain and Ireland this year. His form has tailed off a little more recently as he’s gone up against his rivals but he was much better last time out in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Providing he can cope with the dirt and the distance, Churchill has enough about him to grab a place at least in Del Mar.

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