Breeders' Cup Classic 2019 Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

Bet on Accelerate to win the 2019 Breeders' Cup Classic
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Which champion will follow in the footsteps of Gun Runner? (Getty Images)

Breeders' Cup Classic 2018 Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Date: Saturday, November 3
Time: 4:30pm ET
Track: Churchill Downs
Distance: 2000m
Stake: US$6 million

America's best dirt thoroughbreds take on some of the best from Europe in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Classic on November 3. The headline race from the Breeders' Cup series, the Classic features a talent field which includes the likes of Roaring Lion and Mendelssohn from Europe.

Heading the market is Accelerate, which has rocketed to favouritism following a recent win and we're confident the home nation will have the goods to keep the Breeders' Cup Classic on home soil.

2018 Breeders' Cup Classic Best Bet - Accelerate @ 4.00


John W Sadler lines up the talented five-year-old which secured favouritism for the Breeders' Cup Classic when winning the Group 1 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita last start, defeated one-time favourite West Coast in the process.

The 2.25-length win as the 1.30 favourite was enough to secure favouritism for the Churchill Downs feature and although the field poses more threats this time around, it's hard to fault his recent form. That includes a 12.5-length win at Del Mar and another Group 1 win at Santa Anita which came by over four lengths.

He hasn't been tested in recent starts and the 4.00 on offer from bookmakers is good value.

2018 Breeders' Cup Classic Best Each Way - Mckinzie @ 5.50


It's tough to rule out any horse trained by master trainer Bob Baffert. Mckinzie might have some things going against him here, but he clearly has untapped ability and punters have come for the three-year-old.

A son of Street Sense, the colt has won four of his five starts, including a Group 1 victory in the Pennslyvania Derby last start. Although Derby form doesn't always stack up against the more experienced Classic horses, punters have to respect his ability.

Follow the money with his runner and if there's confidence come race day, it could be time to load up.

Mckinzie's trainer, Bob Baffert, is no stranger to the limelight. (Getty Images)

2018 Breeders' Cup Classic Best Roughie - Collected @ 26.00


Collected's form heading into this race might not be crash hot, but he has upset claims and experience beating some of the best the US has to offer.

It was only a year ago when the five-year-old defeated Arrogate in the Pacific Classic Stakes and he followed that up with a quality placing behind Gun Runner in the 2017 Breeders' Cup Classic. Going one better this year will be tough but 26.00 is a price worth considering.

Best Bet: Accelerate @ 4.00
Best Each Way: Mckinzie @ 5.50
Best Roughie: Collected @ 26.00

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Bill Rosenthal 05 November 2018

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