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Breeders’ Cup horse racing tips: Templegate’s best bets and complete guide to amazing day two of action live on ITV

TEMPLEGATE takes on the star-studded Breeders’ Cup confident of finding a few winners on Saturday.

The top-class action from Keeneland will be shown live and in full on ITV 4 as part of their mega TEN hours of coverage.

Flightline will be the star of the show at Keeneland on Saturday

Read on for our man’s breakdown of each race below and, hopefully, bag yourself a winner or three.

Breeders’ Cup Saturday picks (all times UK)


GOODNIGHT OLIVE was impressive in landing a Grade 1 by three lengths at Saratoga last time and her public gallops at Keeneland have been speedy. She looks hard to beat.

Last year’s winner Ce Ce comes from the same stall 4 and has landed a couple of big wins this season. She’s a threat again.

Wicked Halo was an easy Grade 2 winner over course and distance last month and trainer Steve Asmussen is in good form.


GOLDEN PAL can defend his crown for trainer Wesley Ward.

He flew from the gates and made all at Del Mar 12 months ago and can pull off the same tactics.

He won without breaking sweat here last month and is well drawn.

Highfield Princess is a major player after landing three Group 1s on the spin.

She was really impressive at The Curragh and the only slight worry is the much quicker ground she’ll face here.

Frankie is not out of it on Campanelle for Ward. She won her warm-up nicely.

Creative Force is likely to face trouble in running from stall one but is a proven Group 1 performer who could hit the frame.

Bran is the pick of the big prices.


LAUREL RIVER comes here in top form after three good wins on the spin, including in a fast time at Del Mar.

She’s had a break since then but her gallops have been good at Keeneland and she’s ready to fire.

Cody’s Wish was a Grade 1 winner at Saratoga last time over 7f but this mile suits just as well. He is on the upgrade and looks the biggest threat.

Gunite is top class at 7f but still has to prove his liking for this trip.

Cyberknife could be a bigger threat. He didn’t stay in the Kentucky Derby and the mile is more to his liking.

Simplification didn’t quite get home over 1m1f last time and dropping in trip gives him an each-way chance.


NASHWA has shown her best form on fast ground and John Gosden’s filly will get that here.

She was third in the Oaks when not getting the best of runs before landing the French version.

She then ran a cracker to take the Nassau at Glorious Goodwood before a solid second in the Opera at Longchamp where an iffy draw and soft ground were against her.

She is capable of starting quickly so should get a decent position and Hollie Doyle can steer her home.

In Italian looks the pick of the American team. She had led from pillar to post in winning two Grade 1 contests heading here.

She is upped in trip here but looks a stayer and will take plenty of passing.

Above The Curve was a short-head behind Nashwa in France and is a threat, although she shapes like 1m4f would be ideal now and things may happen a little quickly.


Tuesday has not matched her Oaks win on four runs since but had excuses in France from her wide draw.

She likes this trip but has never run on ground this quick before.

Rougir and Moira had a ding-dong battle for a Woodbine Grade 1 last month and both have each-way chances here at fair odds.


KIMARI has two wins from three runs here and shot from the gates to score at Aqueduct last time. He is well drawn and is a Grade 1 winner.

Jackie’s Warrior was turned over when long odds-on at Saratoga when last seen in August.

He is a triple Grade 1 winner though and can bounce back.

Elite Power was impressive in landing a Grade 2 in a fast time last month. This is just his eighth run to there’s more to come.


KINROSS has been brilliant over shorter trips this season and won the Champions Sprint at Ascot in great style after taking the Foret in France.

He was a Listed winner over a mile as a younger horse and he should have no problem staying in these quick conditions. He has every chance of another big win.

Modern Games won the Woodbine Mile on rattling ground and went close in the QEII at Ascot last month. He can make the frame again.

Annapolis is on the upgrade and won a Grade 1 here well last time.

He had 2020 winner Order Of Australia just behind him there and they are both each-way players at a decent price.


SOCIETY was impressive when winning a Parx Grade 1 by six lengths last time.

That was over this trip and was just her sixth start so there should be more to come.

Nest had all of 10 lengths to spare when scoring at Aqueduct last month and is a clear danger.

She has four Grade 1 wins on her CV and has won here before.

Malathaat tanked along before running away with a big prize over course and distance last time out.

She has the plum stall one draw on the dirt track but she is usually held up so needs to avoid traffic problems.


WAR LIKE GODDESS was impressive when landing a Grade 1 at Aqueduct by three lengths last month.

She has won both starts at Keeneland and handles firm ground well. She has few miles on the clock and can go close.

Charlie Appleby won this last year and has two massive chances again.

It’s not easy to split his pair but Nations Pride has the benefit of racing in America on his past three outings.

He won the Saratoga Derby in August before dropping in class to hammer his rivals at Aqueduct last time out.

Those wins both came on fast ground and William Buick has chosen him over stablemate Rebel’s Romance who has been favourite with the American bookies.

He has yet to taste defeat in four runs on turf, with Group 1 success coming on his past two runs in Germany.

This is tougher opposition and he has to prove his liking for a quicker surface but he looks a big threat.

Mishriff isn’t the force he was and found the soft ground against him in the Arc last time.

Frankie gets on board today which could spark a revival.

Firm going is ideal and this may feel a bit like a 1m2f race on the tight track, which is ideal for him.

He needs to turn back the clock to win but a placing wouldn’t be a shock.

Broome was second in this last year so can’t be totally ignored, while Highland Chief came back to form last time in lesser company. He looks a big price if repeating that.


FLIGHTLINE was truly breathtaking when winning the prestigious Pacific Classic at Del Mar by all of 19 lengths last time out.

That kept his unbeaten run going and he’s won his five races by a total of 61 lengths – and three of them were Grade 1s.

His gallops at Keeneland have been impressive and only trouble in running can stop him winning.

It’s a surprise he’s not an even shorter price given he’s proven at the trip and should have more to come.

Epicenter can be the one to follow him home after an impressive five-length success in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga.

He’s not run since that August victory but has gone well after a break before.

Bob Baffert has a strong record in this race and he wouldn’t be running Taiba if he didn’t rate his chances.

He won the Pennsylvania Derby easily last time and will have no problem with this slightly longer trip.

Life Is Good is unbeaten this season and was impressive in bagging Grade 1 prizes at Saratoga and Aqueduct.

He stays well and won the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile last season so can cope with the big occasion.


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