Breeders Cup tips for Friday – Day one best bets for the international racing showpiece

Some top class international horse racing action comes to us this coming weekend with the 37th annual Breeders’ Cup World Championships which this year comes from Keeneland. Featuring some of the best horses from the United States, Great Britain and Europe as well as worldwide there’s sure to be plenty of exciting action and we’ve picked out our day one Breeders Cup tips on Friday.

Keeneland in the United States is the place to be this weekend where it is Breeders’ Cup World Championships weekend with two days of top-class racing featuring the best of the best from the United States facing off against some notable names from around the world including runners from Great Britain and Ireland.

We take a look through the day one racecard and pick out our through the card Breeders Cup tips on Friday for all ten races.


16:30 Keeneland – Nyquist Stakes (2YO only) 6½f

UPSTRIKER wasn’t seen to best effect over an extended mile here in October, finishing fourth behind Essential Quality. However Ron Moquett’s charge can bounce back returned to a shorter trip and the Upstart colt can regain the winning thread.

An impressive debut winner at Ellis Park where he ran out a six lengths’ victor over Polished Chrome, he has since seen that form boosted and this drop back to this trip will be of benefit.

Further improvement is anticipated and it would come as no surprise to see him in the mix.

17:05 Keeneland – Songbird Fillies’ Stakes (2YO only) 6½f

JOY’S ROCKET might not have stayed the one mile trip on her last outing at Belmont Park last month but the Anthony’s Cross filly had been in good fettle previously with a brace of wins and a runner-up effort prior to her latest fourth place finish behind Dayoutoftheoffice.

Steven Asmussen’s charge can do better back at a more suitable trip and her form stacks up well in this field so every chance she can get competitive here and make a return to winning ways.

17:40 Keeneland- Bryan Station Stakes (3YO only) 1m 1f

NO WORD has only once finished out of the first three thus far in his career and the Silent Name colt can resume winning ways here.

Todd Pletcher’s charge struck his latest success at Belmont Park back in July, but he has run well in defeat in both subsequent outings and he was only beaten one length latest behind Gufo back at Belmont last month.

Proven on turf he ought to remain competitive and no surprise to see him firmly in the mix at the business end of the race.

Breeders Cup tips for Friday. Todd Pletcher can get amongst the winners on day one of the Breeders Cup.

Breeders Cup tips for Friday. Todd Pletcher can get amongst the winners on day one of the Breeders Cup.

18:15 Keeneland – McConnell Springs Stakes (Fillies And Mares) (3YO plus) 6f

ROYAL CHARLOTTE has proven a consistent sort and could get back on the scoresheet here in a pretty open contest.

The Cairo Prince filly hasn’t struck for a little while but there were good signs in her latest third in a Grade Two contest at Belmont Park last time out and a repeat of that may be good enough to see her get back to winning ways dropping back slightly in trip.

That form was boosted by the runner-up next time out and while her outside draw might not be altogether ideal she should nevertheless make her presence felt in this contest and Chad Brown’s charge can go close.

18:50 Keeneland – Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Stakes (Grade 2) (3YO plus) 1m 5f

DANNY CALIFORNIA is thriving at present, winning his last three starts and Orlando Noda’s charge can continue his winning run.

The Afleet Alex gelding has to overcome the widest draw but he was impressive in readily seeing off You’re To Blame at Belmont back in September when stepped up to 1m 4f having previously campaigned over shorter trips.

He got the longer trip well and gave the impression that he’d get even further so this extra furlong shouldn’t pose an issue and if continuing his progression then he won’t be far away here.

19:30 Keeneland – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (Grade 2) (2YO only) 5½f

Some notable entries from Great Britain and Ireland in this line-up including a first Breeders’ Cup ride for Hollie Doyle who is enjoying a fantastic season. However, this valuable prize can go the way of Aidan O’Brien and LIPIZZANER who took a little time to get off the mark but has now won twice from his last four outings.

The Uncle Mo colt finished in the frame in his first three career starts which included in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot prior to making the breakthrough at Navan in September. He was subsequently unable to land a blow in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket but bounced back with a runner-up effort in the Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh before resuming winning ways at Doncaster latest.

Both wins have come on softer ground, but he was only a half-length second to the smart Lucky Vega on quicker ground back in June so these conditions should be fine and he should make a bold bid for success in this competitive contest.

Breeders Cup tips for Friday. Aidan O'Brien can get amongst the winners on day one of the Breeders Cup.

Breeders Cup tips for Friday. Aidan O’Brien can get amongst the winners on day one of the Breeders Cup.

20:10 Keeneland – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf presented by Coolmore America (Grade 1) (2YO only) 1m

Aidan O’Brien has a good record in this contest and BATTLEGROUND arrives on a hat-trick of wins having struck successes at Ascot and Goodwood respectively earlier in the season.

Fifth on debut behind Lucky Vega and Lippizaner who can boost the form in the previous race, the War Front colt improved for the run to get off the mark at the second attempt with an impressive Royal Ascot success in the Chesham Stakes and he duly followed up at Glorious Goodwood when a similarly impressive winner over Devious Company in the Group Two Vintage Stakes.

The Ballydoyle runner likely needs to take another forward step now tackling a Grade One but he’s clearly progressing well and likely to have more to offer he can take another forward step to land his three-timer.

20:50 Keeneland – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade 1) (2YO only) 1m ½f

The form of DAYOUTOFTHEOFFICE could be boosted earlier in the card and Timothy Hamm’s charge can uphold her perfect record with a fourth straight win.

The Into Mischief filly is undefeated thus far, latterly running out an impressive five lengths’ victor over Vequist at Belmont Park and she should continue to take all the beating given she’ll be sharper with that under her belt although she takes on three other unbeaten rivals in this Grade One contest.

She has got better with each run and she showed this trip no issue latest, appearing to get better the further she went so this extended mile can show her in even better light with the likely strong pace a positive to her chances.

21:30 Keeneland – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (Grade 1) (2YO only) 1m

CAMPANELLE tries one mile for the first time but Wesley Ward’s charge didn’t appear to be stopping at the end of six furlongs in soft ground in the Prix Morny and the Kodiac filly ought to go close if seeing out the extra distance.

Unbeaten in three starts her latest success saw her beat Nando Parrado by two lengths readily at Deauville and there’s likely better still to come from her although there has to be a slight concern over her stamina at this longer trip.

Her top yard is shrewd though and conditions here will be fine; the speedy sort can go close under Frankie Dettori if lasting home and she can maintain her perfect record.

Breeders Cup tips for Friday. Wesley Ward's Campanelle can uphold her perfect record.

Breeders Cup tips for Friday. Wesley Ward’s Campanelle can uphold her perfect record.

22:15 Keeneland – TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (Grade 1) (2YO only) 1m ½f

Favourite-backers can end day one of the Breeders Cup weekend on a winning note with JACKIE’S WARRIOR likely to prove tough to beat and Steven Asmussen’s charge can maintain his unbeaten record.

Successful on all four starts, latterly blitzing a strong field at Belmont Park last month the Maclean’s Music colt has swept aside all opposition thus far with disdain and there’s likely more to come from him.

That latest success came in a Grade One and for all this looks a tougher race he can nevertheless continue on his upward path to follow up here.