Horse racing fans are in for a treat in 2020, with the international calendar loaded with a plethora of high-class action over the coming months.
Racecourses across the world are gearing up for some truly stellar events that will each attract many of the best horses on the planet.
Read on as we take a look at some of this year’s best meetings and offer up a few suggestions about horses that will be worth following.
Dubai World Cup – Meydan – March 28
The Dubai World Cup has grown in importance over the last few years, with many of the world’s top trainers and owners eager to grab a slice of the huge prize money on offer.
The $12 million ten-furlong race is always fiercely competitive and this year’s renewal promises to be no different in that respect.
Godolphin’s Benbatl is the current 9/2 favourite and plenty of punters will be using their winnings from bets to back him to finish first. For more information about placing such bets check out the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting offers and odds by Freebets.com.
A £10 win bet on the talented six-year-old would return a profit of £45 and that looks generous given how impressive he was in his most recent outing.
Kentucky Derby – Churchill Downs – May 2
The Kentucky Derby is one of the most popular events in the United States, enjoying a rich history that dates all the way back to 1875.
The race always attracts a massive crowd to Churchill Downs and generates a huge amount of interest in the betting industry.
Nadal – a horse unsurprisingly named after the Spanish tennis star, Rafael Nadal – is priced at 12/1 to win the race and looks a solid wager after two impressive victories this term.
Tiz the Law (10/1) and Authentic (14/1) are also worth considering, but Nadal could well give trainer Bob Baffert his sixth victory in the race.
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe – Longchamp – October 4
The Arc is the most prestigious race in the European horse calendar towards the end of the season, attracting a star-studded field to Longchamp every year.
John Gosden’s Enable came up just short in last year’s renewal, finishing second to miss out on an historic third successive victory in the race.
Enable can be backed at odds of 6/1 to win the Arc for a third time in 2020 and she is capable of delivering the goods if the ground isn’t too soft.
Japan finished fourth for Aidan O’Brien in the 2019 renewal and with further improvement on the cards he could be a decent each-way shout at 20/1.
Breeders’ Cup Classic – Keeneland – November 7
The Breeders’ Cup World Championships are the culmination of the worldwide racing calendar, with the meeting attracting horses from all over the planet.
The Breeders’ Cup Classic is the most prestigious race on the card, with many previous winners going on to etch their names in racing folklore.
Vino Rosso finished first in the Classic in 2019, coming home over four lengths in front of the field at odds of 4/1.
This year’s race will produce a different winner as Todd Pletcher’s charge was subsequently retired to stud.