Breeders' Cup Classic 2018 Tips & Betting Predictions

Bet on West Coast to win the 2018 Breeders' Cup Classic
Gun Runner defeats Collected and West Coast ridden to win the Breeders' Cup Classic on day two of the Breeders' Cup World Championship at Del Mar. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Tips and betting predictions for the 2018 Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.

The November Group 1 features one of the best fields of any race during the year as the best dirt-track thoroughbreds compete for the $6 million prize.

Betting on the Breeders' Cup Classic can be tricky with the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes yet to run, but there's some great value on offer now in the futures markets.

Heading the market is West Coast at $6.50 (+550), which has shown quality form all around the world this season.

The Bob Baffert-trained four-year-old finished second in the Dubai World Cup behind Thunder Snow and the form out of the Meydan feature is going to stack up throughout the year.

His form prior included a second placing behind Gun Runner in the Pegasus World Cup and his most recent winning effort came in the Pennslyvania Derby in September last year.

He's the most consistent runner in the early markets and bettors are getting a great price for this top-quality international type.

On the second line of betting is Justify, which is the current favourite and our top pick for the 2018 Kentucky Derby.

A stablemate to West Coast, Justify is currently unbeaten after three career starts and all three wins have been impressive.

There's clearly a good deal of confidence in the stable as the son of Scat Daddy has started as the odds-on favourite throughout his career.

1/2, 1/20 and 9/10 have been his winning prices and considering punters are getting double-figure odds for the Breeders' Cup Classic, he must be considered as a value chance.

His odds will be slashed if he wins the Kentucky Derby on May 5 and bettors should take the value on offer now.

Another runner which should be respected is Collected at $13 (+1200). 

The American champion has recorded six wins from his 12 starts in stakes grade and although he was no match for the likes of Gun Runner and West Coast in the Pegasus World Cup, he ran second in this race last year and is capable of going one better.

There's no Gun Runner in the field this year after the colt retired and Collected could collect a big part of the prize money.
Bill Rosenthal 25 April 2018

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