ITV Racing will beam nine consecutive Grade 1 contests into British living rooms this Saturday night as the 2023 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita takes centre stage.
Our Breeders’ Cup Saturday betting tips include an English classic winner, a colt that took out one of this year’s American triple crown races and an each-way mare with some very interesting form lines.
Breeders Cup Saturday betting tips
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Baffert confident shorter trip will suit Preakness hero
National Treasure produced the race of his young life to win the 1m1½f Preakness on his first start since swapping Tim Yakteen’s barn for that of Bob Baffert.
Stepped up in trip at Grade 1 level, first to 1m4f, then 1m2f, he was beaten comprehensively by Arcangelo on his next two starts before running much better again with blinkers reapplied over 1m1f on the Santa Anita dirt last time out.
He has reportedly impressed Baffert with a 46.20 second breeze over half a mile since then and the hall of fame handler has stated he’s of the belief that stepping down in trip to a mile could really suit his charge. One of just two three-year-olds, he’ll also receive 3lbs from his elders.
Guineas heroine sure to improve for Grade-1-winning return
Mawj has been an uneasy favourite for the Breeders’ Cup Mile despite winning fillies Group 1s on either side of side of an injury layoff that lasted from early May to mid-October.
However the form of her 1,000 Guineas win could hardly have been better franked, with the second Tahiyra taking out Group 1s in each of her next three starts.
Mawj’s next top-flight success – in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes at Keeneland may not have come at the expense of such an illustrious foe, but it remains a highly encouraging tune up ahead of at tilt at this more prestigious engagement.
That win also showed she stays further than a mile and that, along with her stall six berth should afford jockey Oisin Murphy plenty of tactical options in terms how to go about winning this race.
Collateral form of September score highlights Search Results
The Breeders’ Cup Distaff is one of those races where a significant proportion of the cast have a disorientating amount of ones in the form book.
Favourite Idiomatic and second favourite Boston Adare have both won five of their last six starts, while fifth favourite Randomized has scored in four of her last five.
Search Results (stablemate of the latter) has a more varied record, but the form of her Grade 3 Locust Grove Stakes win back in mid-September sheds an interesting light on her ability relative to those around her in the betting.
Le Da Vida was over 10 lengths in arrears that day at Churchill Downs, before getting within four-and-quarter lengths of Idiomatic in the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland on her next start.
Meanwhile A Mo Reay, 11 lengths behind Search Results at Churchill Downs, got within four lengths of Randomized on her next start.