The 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships are a truly international flat racing festival drawing runners from all over the world to the United States to compete for more than $31m in prize money.
Of the 14 Breeders’ Cup races contested on turf or dirt over the course of the meeting, 13 are of the elite Group 1 standard and one is a Group 2.
With every race contested for a purse of at least $1m it’s little surprise that leading UK and Irish trainers will be well represented. John Gosden, Aidan O’Brien and Andrew Balding are among those who have dispatched Breeders’ Cup raiding parties.
Scroll down for our Breeders’ Cup guide, where you will find all the information you need to enjoy watching the action and have a bet.
When is the Breeders’ Cup?
The Breeders’ Cup 2020 meeting is a two-day meeting held on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 November.
Where is the Breeders’ Cup 2020 being held?
Keeneland racetrack in Lexington, Kentucky. The meeting takes place at a different track each year.
Which TV channel can I watch the Breeders’ Cup on in the UK?
Sky Sports Racing is the only TV channel in the UK and Ireland showing every race live from the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
What time in the UK does the Breeders’ Cup start?
Both days of the Breeders’ Cup meeting have undercard races before the Breeders’ Cup races begin.
Friday Undercard races begin at 4.30pm. Five Breeders’ Cup races begin at 7.30 and conclude at 10.15 (all UK times).
Saturday Undercard races begin at 3.15pm. Nine Breeders’ Cup races begin 5.02 and conclude at 10.18 (all UK times).
The two biggest and most valuable races of the Breeders’ Cup meeting are the last two on Saturday evening: the Breeders’ Cup Turf at 9.33 and the Breeders’ Cup Classic at 10.18 (both UK times).
What are the Breeders’ Cup races?
All times are UK pm.
Friday Breeders’ Cup races
- 7:30 – Race 6: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint
- 8:10 – Race 7: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
- 8:50 – Race 8: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
- 9:30 – Race 9: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
- 10:15 – Race 10: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Saturday Breeders’ Cup races
- 5:02 – Race 4: Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint
- 5:39 – Race 5: Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
- 6:18 – Race 6: Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
- 6:57 – Race 7: Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf
- 7:36 – Race 8: Breeders’ Cup Sprint
- 8:15 – Race 9: Breeders’ Cup Mile
- 8:54 – Race 10: Breeders’ Cup Distaff
- 9:33 – Race 11: Breeders’ Cup Turf
- 10:18 – Race 12 –Breeders’ Cup Classic
Which UK and Irish horses will be running at the Breeders’ Cup?
Aidan O’Brien spearheads Irish challenge with no fewer than 10 of his runners scheduled to take part, including Group 1 winners Magical, Circus Maximus and Mogul, as well as the hugely exciting two-year-old Battleground.
Andrew Balding has entered 2,000 Guineas winner Kameko in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Meanwhile, John Gosden has flown in Royal Ascot winners Terebellum and Lord North, along with Medaayih.
Archie Watson (Mighty Gurkha), Ralph Beckett (New Mandate) and Jessica Harrington (Cadillac) are among other UK and Irish trainers with runners at the meeting.
Last year’s 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships winners