Richard Hannon’s top miler Toronado is set to take the US by storm as he heads up a strong European challenge in the Breeders Cup 2014

The 2013 Sussex Stakes winner Toronado will lead a strong European team in the Breeders Cup Mile. With the Europeans having a great record in the race hopes will be high that the Hannon colt can take the Mile by storm. His main opposition is set to come from the French horses Anodin from Freddie Head’s yard and Karakontie from Pease’s stable. It would not be a surprise to see a European one, two and three.

The Europeans also look certain to claim the Filly & Mares and the Turf, with Sir Michael Stoute’s Dank and Telescope.  Both have the hallmarks of Breeders Cup winners and should take all the beating. Brown Panther if he can put his Canadian International disappointments behind him is also a good each way bet in the Turf.

It would be foolish to write off the chances of O’Brien’s The Great War in the Juvenile with his trainer having had such a good record at the meet previously. Both Caspar Netscher and Wind Fire are eye-catching runners in their respective sprint contests too.

Jamie Osbourne will be the toast of the Eurpoean challengers if he can take the Classic with the globe-trotting Toast Of New York, but looks unlikely if California Chrome brings his A-game to the race.

Crockford’s Breeders Cup Gambles:

Filly & Mares (7.43) – Dank

Turf Sprint (9.05) – Caspar Netscher e/w and No Nay Never

Juvenile Dirt (9.43) – The Great War e/w

Breeders Cup Turf (10.22) – Telescope and Brown Panther e/w

Breeders Cup Sprint (11.01) – Wind Fire e/w

Mile (11.40) – Toronado and Karakontie e/w

Classic (12.35) – California Chrome and Toast of New York e/w

(Featured Photograph – Toronado at Glorious Goodwood by Stuart Rice)