Breeders' Cup Turf Tips & 2018 Betting Predictions

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

There has been only one runner to win at single-figure odds in the last four years.

The Breeders' Cup Turf has been dominated by the international runners.

Due to the race being run on turf, the European runners are naturally favoured to run well in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

Held on the second day of the festival, the Breeders' Cup Turf is one of the most popular races for punters.

The big stake money on offer makes the Breeders' Cup Turf an attractive race for all comers.

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.

With high class horses on show, the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf race card is a must-watch for racing enthusiasts.

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

Breeders' Cup Turf history

The Breeders' Cup Turf is one of three races held on turf during the Breeders' Cup.

Run over 2400m, the Breeders' Cup Turf attracts the best stayers from around the world and they don't fail to turn up. 

High Chaparral, Highland Reel and Found have all won the Breeders' Cup Turf and they're some of the biggest names in European staying history.

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

Moore scored on board the Aidan O'Brien-trained runner, which gave O'Brien his fifth win in the race. The Irish champion trainer has since made it six wins in this race with Highland Reel.

Two horses have won consecutive Breeders' Cup Turf races. Conduit and High Chaparral produced back-to-back wins to etch their names in the history of the Breeders' Cup.

Breeders' Cup Turf betting guide

Talismatic caused an upset recently in 2017 when winning at odds of $30.20. 

The Andre Fabre-trained runner wasn't fancied against a hot field, including 2017 winner Highland Reel, and it was his first Group 1 victory of his successful career.

Highland Reel scored at odds of $9.60 in 2016 and that was considered to be a great price considering his form all around the world.

Having finished in the placing at the Cox Plate, Highland Reel was an each way chance against a field that included Flintshire and Found.

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

Golden Horn was heavily-backed to win the Breeders' Cup Turf but there was late money for Found and it was spot on.
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. 

$14.40 was the price offered by bookmakers for Main Sequence. The field in 2014 also included quality staying types Brown Panther and Chicquita, which would later compete around the world.

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

2016Highland Reel
2014Main Sequence
2012Little Mike
2011St Nicholas Abbey
2010Dangerous Midge
2007English Channel
2006Red Rocks
2004Better Talk Now
2003High Chaparral/Johar
2002High Chaparral
2001Fantastic Light
1998Buck's Boy
1997Chief Bearhart
1995Northern Spur
1991Miss Alleged
1990In The Wings
1988Great Communicator