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Monday 19 October 2020

Is Battaash The Leading Contender For The Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint?

The Breeders' Cup gets underway at the beginning of November, with two huge days of racing for fans to look forward to. The second day of the festival will include the biggest races of the meeting, and there could be a new star born in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. 

This race is instantly one that stands out above the rest, as there have been a huge number of stories that have emerged from this race throughout its history.  

Records & Past Winners 

The Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint is one that stands out to trainers from around the world, as it is run over a distance of one and a half miles, which is the European Classic distance. 

This race made international headlines two years ago when the recently retired Enable became the first horse to ever win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the Breeders' Cup Turf in the same season. It was an improbable feat and one that will never likely be matched. 

Only two horses have won this race on more than one occasion, with High Chaparral winning in 2002 and 2003, and Conduit winning in 2008 and 2009. Frankie Dettori holds the record for the most winning rides, with that win on Enable in 2018 being the fifth time that he won this race. 

Aidan O'Brien has also enjoyed huge success in this race, as he has trained the winner on six occasions in the past, with the most recent of these winners being Highland Reel in 2016.

Battash The Horse To Beat? 

The horse at the top of the betting for the race this year is Battash, and it's hard to argue against the Irish horse's credentials. The six-year-old has won on all three starts this season and has won five of his previous six. It has been a memorable year for trainer Charles Hills, who will be looking for a first win in the Breeders' Cup Turf Stakes. 

Battash's first win of the season came during the royal meeting at Ascot. He won the King's Stand Stakes by two and a quarter lengths from Equilateral. That success was followed up with another win at the end of July during the Glorious Goodwood festival, as he won the King George Qatar Stakes by two and quarter lengths from Glass Slippers. 

His last run before heading to Keeneland also ended in success with a win in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York. Battash won by a length in that race for Que Amoro. Battash is one of the finest sprinters in training, and he will be a difficult horse for the field to contend with.  

Ante-Post Market Movers 

There has already been some money in the market for a number of other horses racing in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. One of the biggest market movers so far has been Got Stormy, whose price has been slashed in half for the big race. 

The five-year-old has been in excellent form throughout 2020, as he has won his last two. It seems to have taken a while for the Mark Casse trainer to find his best form, as he did start the season without a win in three. However, Got Stormy will come into this race having won at Keeneland by a nose from Mystic in his last run. 

Imprimis is another of the big market movers at present, with the six-year-old's price being cut after success at Kentucky Downs in September. 

This was only his second run of the season for trainer Joseph Orseno, as he won by a neck from Bombard. However, it is incredibly difficult to see past Battash winning the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint this year. 

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