The Breeders’ Cup is considered to be the World Championship meeting in the United States and although that view may not be shared outside of North America, it’s a huge event on the global racing calendar.
British horses have often struggled at this meeting due to a number of factors, with travel and conditions being the most notable. This year could be a little different though, as there looks to be a strong team of British horses set to make the trip to Keeneland in Kentucky.
Here are the three British trainer runners who are in with a great chance of success.
The Breeders’ Cup Turf has been won by European horses in six of the last nine renewals, so it often is a race which British trainers target at the two-day meeting.
Charlie Appleby must feel he will be in with a great chance of prevailing in the race for the first time in his career with Ghaiyyath. On the basis of his form in the UK this year, he may be the one they all have to beat. He is currently second in the ante-post market for the race with horse racing odds of 4/1, with just Love ahead of him at 7/2.
The front-running five-year-old has triumphed in three Group One races in 2020: the Coronation Cup, Eclipse Stakes and Juddmonte International. He defeated the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Enable in the second of those three victories at Sandown.
The one concern connections must have with their horse is the mileage he has on the clock this season, especially if he runs in the Arc at Longchamp. Regardless of this, he is right at the top of his game and deserves his place in the line-up.
It’s been 12 years since a British trainer won the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Raven’s Pass’ victory in the race is the only time in the history of the dirt contest that a British horse has come out on top.
Saeed bin Suroor will be hoping Benbatl can add his name to the history books in this prestigious contest which is one of the most lucrative races anywhere in the world.
Benbatl is a real globetrotter so the trip out to Kentucky should not bother him. He has raced in three different continents and had wins in England, UAE, Germany, and Australia.
The experienced six-year-old finished third in the Saudi Cup at Riyadh. He was just under two lengths behind the winner Maximum Security. If he can build upon that performance at Keeneland, he will be in with a good chance.
There can’t be many faster sprinters anywhere on the planet that Battaash at the moment, so Charles Hills’ runner will represent Britain’s best chance at the meeting if he lines up in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
Battaash has been unstoppable in 2020. He has won on all three of his outings this year, including the Grade One King’s Stand Stakes and Nunthorpe Stakes. The six-year-old has yet to appear in the United States but it would be great to see him take on the best of North America and Europe in this race.
This year’s Breeders’ Cup meeting takes place between November 6-7 and it will be the 38th edition of the world championship event.