ITV Racing Tips: Dubawi Legend can become a Breeders’ Cup star at Del Mar
A weekend treat for Flat racing fans as the ITV team cross the Atlantic to bring live coverage of the whole of the Breeders’ Cup for the first time.
This annual international jamboree is the nearest we get to a world championship of racing. Plenty of star horses are missing but nowhere else will you have horses from Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and Japan taking on the best US horses on one track.
The event moves locations each year and this year it returns to the beach resort of Del Mar, in southern California near the city of San Diego.
The races are on both dirt and turf but the Europeans are again sticking to what they know best, contesting only the turf races.
It kicks off on Friday with five races, three on turf and two on dirt and all for two-year-old’s, which feature a smattering of juveniles punters may be familiar with, including representatives from Aidan O’Brien and Charlie Appleby’s Godolphin stable.
Coverage begins at 20:30pm on ITV4 and we have previewed the three most significant races of the day in our ITV Racing Tips.
Europe has five of the 12 representatives in this 5f dash but they could be up against it with Wesley Ward set to saddle three runners. His team comprises two horses that ran at Royal Ascot, Twilight Gleaming and Kaufymaker, as well as the favourite Averly Jane.
European challengers have regularly been found wanting by their opponents when a quick break is required. It could well be the case again here but let’s not dismiss the visitors entirely.
Cornwallis Stakes winner Twilight Jet sets a good standard but Armor, trained by Richard Hannon and ridden by Ryan Moore, brings the strongest claim, having finished third in the Middle Park Stakes. Vertiginous, who broke the juvenile track record at Ayr, could represent each-way value.
The Euros don’t have a very good record in this race, despite the surface, with no winner since 2013. So it may be optimistic to think that trend will change, particularly with a low key representation this time.
Tyro trainers George Boughey, David Loughnane and James Ferguson will be doing their best but their runners could be up against it with the home team led by Pizza Bianca, who was an unlucky second to one of Charlie Appleby’s fillies in Canada last time.
Euro supporters could get the best run for their money from Malavath, trained by Francis Graffard and another mount for Ryan Moore. She was an eye-catching winner of a Chantilly Group 2 last time and could be the class filly in the field.
The big stables have turned up for this Grade 1 contest, run in the early horse of Saturday UK time, with both Godolphin and Ballydoyle involved.
Charlie Appleby has won this twice and Aidan O’Brien has four wins in the last ten years, including when it was held at Del Mar. So Appleby’s Albahr and Modern Games and O’Brien’s Glounthane will be expected to go well.
Glounthane runs in the colours of John Magnier’s mother Evie Stockwell who was successful in this race with Hit It A Bomb, who is also the sire of the US favourite Tiz The Bomb.
They are bound to be in the mix but it could be significant that Godolphin jockey James Doyle has been released to ride Dubawi Legend. The Hugo Palmer-trained colt finished second to the 2,000 Guineas favourite in the Dewhurst Stakes and connections have good reason to be optimistic he can go a place better.
ITV Racing Schedule, Friday, 5th November
21:50 Del Mar – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
22:30 Del Mar – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
23:10 Del Mar – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
23:50 Del Mar – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
00:30 Del Mar– Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
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