Breeders Cup – Key contenders

The 2018 Breeders Cup is now around the corner and is taking place at the start of November at Churchill downs. As always there is going to be a vast amount of prize money on offer, which will result in horses heading over from around the world. Punters are already getting involved on the American sports betting market with two European horses, a popular choice. Which two horses are likely to take all the beating if heading over?

Wild Illusion – Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf

If she heads over, then the filly is going to take all the beating. The three-year-old will be Charlie Appleby’s leading hope in a race he has had a lot of success in the past. This was a similar story last season as the same stables Wuheida, produced a stunning performance to clear away and land the contest. The horse has now unfortunately been retired due to injury so can Wild Illusion emulate her this time around?

Wild Illusion continues to go from strength to strength. She put in a career best most recently when winning the Prix de l’Opera on Arc weekend. If she produces a similar performance in the US, then it is hers to lose. Her career record now stands at four victories from eight starts, with a career best RPR of 116. There is no doubt she is the most exciting horse heading in to the race.

(Pictured: Wild Illusion an impressive winner in France)


Enable – Breeders’ Cup Turf

If she heads over, then she wins is the likely outcome. She is the horse of her generation and is coming off winning her second Arc in succession. This means she follows in the footsteps of the likes of Treve, and could she yet race for that converted third? She would likely start as the shortest priced horse over the Breeders Cup weekend and if confirmed would shorten even further from the general 4/5 at present.

Enable has a near unblemished record only tasting defeat once in her career of ten starts. When you look at the list of top race honours she has you can see why she will go down as a legend of the sport. To win the Arc on just her second start of the season following injury, just shows the ability she possesses. She clearly did not run to her best but with that run under her belt she will be a force in her next start this season. The big question is would Gosden risk sending her over? Let’s hope he does so the American fans get to see Europe’s superstar racehorse.

(Pictured: Enable holds on to win her second Arc)