Breeders' Cup Turf Tips & 2018 Betting Selections


DateSaturday November 3, 2018
TrackChurchill Downs
Distance2400m
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeWeight for age
Prize money$4 million
Age3YO+

The Breeders' Cup Turf has been dominated by the international runners due to the nature of the race. 

Most US races are run on dirt, but turf is used around the world and this favours the European runners, which have a great strike rate in the Breeders' Cup Turf. 

Held on the second day of the festival, the Breeders' Cup Turf is one of the most popular betting races, especially with UK punters. 

It's always a great race and with the stake being bumped up to $4 million in 2016, it adds even more excitement. 

Breeders' Cup Turf betting selections & tips


We will have expert tips for the Breeders' Cup Turf available when the final-field markets are released by bookmakers. 

2018 Breeders' Cup Turf betting card


There are 12 races for punters to bet on during the Breeders' Cup Turf meeting on Saturday. 

The Saturday features nine races worth more than $1 million and it's one of the best betting days anywhere in the world. 

With high class horses on show, the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf race card can't be missed. 

Race
2017 Winner
Goldikova StakesKitten's Roar
Golden State Juvenile StakesBookies Luck
Juvenile Turf Sprint StakesDeclarationofpeace
Juvenile Fillies'Caledonia Road
Breeders' Cup Turf SprintStormy Liberal
Fillies And Mares SprintBar of Gold
Fillies And Mares TurfWuheida
Breeders' Cup SprintRoy H
Breeders' Cup MileWorld Approval
Breeders' Cup JuvenileGood Magic
Breeders' Cup TurfTalismatic
Breeders' Cup ClassicGun Runner

Breeders' Cup Turf history


The Breeders' Cup Turf has been around since the beginning of the series and it was made to give the turf runners a grand final event. 

Run over 2400m, the Breeders' Cup Turf appeals to the distance horses from Europe mostly and they have good success. 

The likes of High Chaparral, Highland Reel and Found have all won the Turf and the European jockeys and trainers also have great records. 

Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore have each won on four occasions, most recently with Ryan Moore winning on Found in 2015. 

He scored on board the Aidan O'Brien-trained runner, which gave O'Brien his fifth win in the race. He has since made it six with Highland Reel, which also gave owners Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith their sixth win. 

It has been a stallion-making race with High Chaparral, Prized and Fantastic Light all winning.  

Conduit and High Chaparral have both won consecutive Breeders' Cup Turf races and the race record belongs to Little Mike for trainer Dale Romans. 

Breeders' Cup Turf betting guide


Talismatic caused a big upset in 2017 when winning at odds of $30.20. 

The Andre Fabre-trained runner was up against a hot field, including 2017 winner Highland Reel and it was his first Group 1 victory in the process. 

Highland Reel scored at odds of $9.60 in 2016 despite showing some good lead-up form all around the world. 

The Cox Plate placegetter was taking on a field that included Flintshire and Found, but the money was considered great value at the time. 

Punters have been finding good value with quality runners in recent times and 2015 winner Found was well-found in the market. 

It always looked a race between Found and Golden Horn, but most of the money came for Golden Horn, which paid under $1 for the place. 

The most recent US-based winner was Main Sequence in 2014, which recorded his fourth consecutive Group 1 victory since changing to the Graham Motion stables. 

The quality runner paid $14.40 to win when beating Flintshire and Twilight Eclipse. The field also included quality staying types Brown Panther and Chicquita. 

Breeders' Cup Turf qualifying races


There are 11 automatic qualifying positions up for grabs for the Breeders' Cup Turf. 

These are run from May through to October and cover the likes of Japan, Brazil, Argentina, USA and UK. 

  • Gran Premio (Argentina) 
  • Grande Premio Brasil (Brazil) 
  • Prince of Wales's Stakes (England) 
  • Takarazuka Kinen (Japan) 
  • King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (England) 
  • Arlington Million (US) 
  • Juddmonte International (England) 
  • Del Mar Handicap (US) 
  • Sword Dancer Invitational (US) 
  • Irish Champion Stakes (Ireland) 
  • Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (US) 

Past Breeders' Cup Turf winners


Year
Winner
2017Talismatic
2016Highland Reel
2015Found
2014Main Sequence
2013Magician
2012Little Mike
2011St Nicholas Abbey
2010Dangerous Midge
2009Conduit
2008Conduit
2007English Channel
2006Red Rocks
2005Shirocco
2004Better Talk Now
2003High Chaparral/Johar
2002High Chaparral
2001Fantastic Light
2000Kalanisi
1999Daylami
1998Buck's Boy
1997Chief Bearhart
1996Pilsudski
1995Northern Spur
1994Tikkanen
1993Kotashaan
1992Fraise
1991Miss Alleged
1990In The Wings
1989Prized
1988Great Communicator
1987Theatrical
1986Manila
1985Pebbles
1984Lashkari