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Escape to the California sun with a guide to all five Breeders’ Cup races on Friday

Our expert Matt Chapman, has gone through the card at Santa Anita to try and pocket some cash for the weekend

by Matt Chapman | October 31, 2013

The idea of smashing Paddy Power’s profits gets me jiggy. The idea of smashing Paddy’s profits while basking in 26 degrees, and enjoying some of the best horses, trainers and jockeys on the planet, gets me so excited I could almost combust – so it’s a dangerous business for me bringing you my latest blog straight from Santa Anita Park in sunny California, just a few miles away from Hollywood and the Sunset Strip.

I have seen the horses in the morning, I have seen the horses in the afternoon – hell, I have cuddled Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Mile favourite Wise Dan. But it’s time to stop watching, and time to find a winner.

While the Saturday Breeders’ Cup fixture is still the main event, there are five BC races to enjoy live on Attheraces on Friday night.

We kick off with the massively open Marathon – it’s a bit of a lottery race. However, I like the Argentinian import EVER RIDER. [Bet here: Desktop | Mobile]

  • Ever Rider was the upset winner by a neck over Sunny Rex (ARG) in the Clasico General Belgrano-G2 at Palermo Racetrack in Argentina last time
  • That’s interesting because last year’s Clasico General Belgrano winner, Calidoscopio (ARG), won the Marathon at Santa Anita and became the first horse from Argentina to win a Breeders’ Cup World Championships race. Ever Rider will hopefully make all.

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf gives OUTSTRIP a big chance for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin. The Americans don’t look outstanding in this, and while Outstrip could have gone closer in the Dewhurst he impressed in the Champagne. Time for him to strip Paddy of some cash. [Bet here: Desktop | Mobile]

Richard Hughes

Next up check out VERRAZANO in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt, who needs to bounce back after a shocker in the Travers. [Bet here: Desktop | Mobile]

  • Within four starts Verrazano was among the Kentucky Derby favourites with an undefeated record that included victories in the Tampa Bay Derby and Wood Memorial Stakes.
  • Unfortunately, the “no races at age two” jinx caught up with him in the “Run for the Roses” and he finished 14th as the second betting choice.
  • But, it didn’t take him long to throw his name back into the conversation for leading 3-year-old honours with dominating victories in the Pegasus Stakes and Haskell Invitational, both at Monmouth Park. He’s class when right.

In the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf I am sticking with the Fillies’ Mile heroine CHRISELLIAM. That win at Newmarket may have shocked some, but Richard Hughes (above) told me on Wednesday that she was the best filly he had ever ridden. That’s a statement worth listening to. [Bet here: Desktop | Mobile]

Then we have the race of the day, the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, featuring the wonderful ROYAL DELTA. She was beaten by Princess of Sylmar last time, but she’s brilliant at the Breeders’ Cup and I expect her to rattle up a BC hat-trick. [Bet here: Desktop | Mobile]

Enjoy one of the great racing events – I will be back tomorrow with all the news for day two and hopefully we’ll be a little richer. You hear me Paddy? Yeeehaaa!

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