Breeders’ Cup Turf betting tips: Enable impossible to oppose at Churchill Downs

The 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf betting tips given by Horsebetting.com experts say Enable is a worthy odds-on favourite to land the Grade 1 contest over 1m 4f at Churchill Downs on Saturday, 3 November, and round off the campaign in style. Waldgeist looks the pick of two runners for French trainer Andre Fabre and looks the obvious danger. Magical scored in good style last time out so appeals most each-way. For full details on these horses’ chances, read our in-depth 2018 Breeders’ Cup betting tips preview on this prestigious multi-million dollar race.

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Enable can create history with Breeders’ Cup Turf success

Wonder filly Enable looks a worthy red-hot favourite to land the Grade 1 Breeder’s Cup Turf over 1m 4f on a stellar card at Churchills Downs on Saturday (20:56). The John Gosden four-year-old, who is odds-on across the board, is bidding to make history in becoming the first Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner to follow-up at the prestigious American two-day meeting.

This daughter of Nathaniel became just the eighth horse to win the French feature race twice when beating Sea Of Class in a thrilling finish at Longchamp last month. She weakened close home and just held on to beat the fast-finishing runner-up by a short-neck.

Enable made far more hard work of getting the job done than 12 months earlier when simply destroying the opposition with the race staged at Chantilly then. She travelled well throughout that day on the heels of the leaders before quickening clear two from home and staying on strongly to easily beat Cloth Of Stars by 2 1/2 lengths.

Prior to that, Enable had landed four Group 1s on the bounce, including when bolting up by five lengths in The Oaks at Epsom and capturing the King George at Ascot where she  handed out a 4 1/2 lengths thrashing to the very smart Ulysses.

Enable subsequently got injured and spent 342 days on the sidelines following her win in the 2017 Arc, but looked as good as ever when making her belated return to action at Kempton in September when making all to beat Crystal Ocean by 3 1/2 lengths in a Group 3.

She stretched readily clear when asked to go about her business by Frankie Dettori, who is now eight from eight on her, and Gosden said that she would come on significantly for that outing. It may well have been that she was still not at 100 per cent peak fitness when winning the Arc, so in the circumstances it was a very gutsy display to get the job done.

On form she looks a cut above her rivals and, providing this race doesn’t come too soon, it looks hers for the taking. Thus Enable had to be the main selection in our 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf betting tips for another historic victory.

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Waldgeist the pick of Fabre pair

Top French trainer Andre Fabre has won this valuable contest on three occasions, including 12 months ago with Talismanic. That one is back to defend his crown, but it’s his stablemate Waldgeist that looks to hold the better claims this time round – given that he finished a fine fourth to Enable in the Arc.

After being held-up, the four-year-old was denied a clear run when making a move at the two marker but – when he did eventually see daylight – he stayed on well to be beaten just 1 1/4 lengths. Given how the race panned out it was a cracking effort, as Enable got a perfect sit throughout.

Prior to that, Waldgeist had won four group races on the bounce. They included when denying Coronet by a nose in the Group 1 Prix de Saint-Cloud, and when easily beating Talismanic by 2 1/3 lengths in the Group 2 Prix Foy at Longchamp where he forged clear in impressive fashion.

The son of Galileo has taken his form to a new level this season and another plus is that he is versatile as regards ground. Waldgeist is also a strong traveller with a smart turn of foot, and a wide draw in stall 12 may not be an inconvenience given his run style.

He doesn’t have much to find on Enable judged on their clash in the Arc where he arguably would have finished close given a clear passage. So, if the filly does fail to fire, Waldgeist looks the obvious one to capitalise and is therefore feared most.

Magical holds solid each-way claims

In a race in which the European runners look a cut above the home team, Magical is another with claims and looks a solid each-way option. The filly hails from the yard of Ballydoyle maestro Aidan O’Brien, who has won the race a record six times – including four of the last seven runnings.

This daughter of Galileo was a big eye-catcher in the Arc where, after being held-up well at the rear of the 19-strong field, she kept on steadily down the wide outside to be nearest at the finish and beaten just over five lengths into 10th by Enable.

It was a terrific effort from an unpromising position, and Magical had previously shaped well when a three-length fourth to Laurens following a break in the Group 1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown when badly hampered at a crucial stage.

Those runs suggested she was building up to a big performance and that view was confirmed when she stayed on strongly under Ryan Moore to beat Coronet by a length in the Group 1 Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes over 1m 4f at Ascot 14 days ago. Magical never looked like getting overhauled after taking up the running a furlong from home and was value for a bit more than the winning margin.

That was just her fourth start of the campaign, so she may well come on yet again and it’s also worth bearing in mind that she had some very smart form to her name as a juvenile. Magical is also versatile as regards ground and remains unexposed over the 1m 4f trip of this after just two starts over it.

Having bagged a good draw in stall five everything looks in place for a big run; so, with Moore once again in the saddle, Magical looks capable of making the frame at least. Hence she had to be the each-way punt in our 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf betting tips.

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