Breeders’ Cup Compendium 2017

Breeders Cup 2017: Leading Trainers

Breeders Cup 2017: Leading Trainers

It's showtime again! Breeders' Cup 2017, the 34th edition, heads to a new venue, Del Mar, on the left coast of America. Famed as being "where the turf meets the surf", we can expect autumnal sunshine, beach references aplenty and, of course, extremely high class racing.

Over two days, Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th November, Breeders' Cup XXXIV (or just plain '34') will comprise thirteen Championship races. The slightly lop-sided split has four races on Friday and nine (yes, nine!) on Saturday, culminating with the Breeders' Cup Classic. There, the world's highest rated racehorse and the defending Classic champion, Arrogate, will bid to repair a slightly tarnished reputation in his final race.

There will be the usual liberal spread of British, Irish and wider European interest, headed by a typically strong Aidan O'Brien team; and, while some of those will be expected to win, it is worth noting that the likes of Roly Poly and Hydrangea - five G1 wins between them this season - were way down the field when well fancied last year. Of course, those of us in the know looked beyond the obvious and sided with the locals, including 14/1 advised on the winner, New Money Honey.


I'm glad you asked! With my Breeders' Cup Compendium, of course. It's a treasure trove of facts, figures, opinions and tips. Inside you'll find:

Key Race Trends: all the noteworthy trends for each event.

Profile Grids: every runner in every race mapped against the trends, including pace and odds (UK vs US morning line with a comparison to highlight possible value). This will be updated with stalls positions and final fields after the draw on 31st October.

Pace Profiles: each race is broken down by the likely overall pace, pockets of pace (i.e. clusters of speed), and individual pace observations for specific runners.

Key Trials: this section contains links to the key races in which Breeders' Cup contenders advertised their claims. Most of these videos are in stunning high definition, and some of the performances are spectacular!

Race Summaries: a walkthrough of the form for each race, highlighting the major players.

Main Contenders, Other Possibles, and Race Selections: the horses in each race I feel are most likely to play leading roles; and, where applicable, some bigger priced horses that could outrun their odds. Finally, for each race, a trend and a form selection.


In my opinion, the best use of the Breeders' Cup Compendium is to look through the trends and race replays and trust your own judgement. You'll get a nice price about pretty much any horse you like, so it's worth chancing your arm. Of course, if you'd rather follow me in, you can do that. Two years ago, those who did so copped a very pretty penny with big-priced winners galore. Last year was potless yin to 2015's pot-full yang, and such is the nature of the game.

I'm comfortable backing plenty of longshots at a meeting which is deep on talent, but one can go a fair time between drinks with such an approach (as anyone who has waded through Royal Ascot and / or the Cheltenham Festival can attest).

So it's up to you. Go it alone, or follow me; or do a bit of both. Your call. But what is for sure is that with this guide you'll be better informed than 99%* of punters in Britain.

(*figure made up, literally, on the spot, but probably very close to the mark)

Here's an example of one of the trends grids from last year:

The result? New Money Honey beat Coasted. They were two out of only three full green lines on the trends. The other one, Victory To Victory, was a non-runner! The winner was a 9/1 shot with the British bookies, but was advised in the guide at 14/1. The exacta paid £127.40 for a pound.

If you want a heads up on Breeders' Cup, this is the guide for you...


My Breeders' Cup Compendium will be released in phases, mirroring the release of pre-entries, the post position draw, and the eve of the event. Here's how that looks:

Wednesday 25th October (evening) - v0.1 pre-entries into trends grids, all odds updated

Tuesday 31st October (evening) - v0.3 final fields and draw positions into trends grids, all odds updated

Thursday 2nd November (evening) - v0.5 Friday complete and Saturday main races complete

Friday 3rd November (morning) - v1.0 All races complete

You'll be able to download the updated versions from the download page - see below.


The Breeders' Cup Compendium 2017 costs just £12.50, that's less than £1 per race. For a full rundown of all you could ever need to know about each event.

If you're not sure whether you want this, I'm going to make it even easier for you. I've put the link to download the guide FOR FREE on the next page. You can download it without paying if you like. Just tell me where to send it.

If you love the guide, and/or appreciate the gesture, and you're in a position to pay for it, then that's great.

It takes me about 120 hours to pull the Compendium together. When the results go our way, that's vindication enough, but the same amount of energy and effort go into the publication when things go against us, too. Anyone can give you the name of a horse and be lucky or not; what you have here is hand-cranked hard labour win, lose or draw.

For value hunters, getting in early is the way forward. Bookies are a bit 'left and right' at the moment, and I've already struck a few ante-post tickets taking advantage of some glorious disparity in their markets. These will tighten up as we get closer to post time and, naturally, as there is more certainty around the likely runners, post positions, and so on.

The first release of the Breeders' Cup Compendium is available now for just £12.50. Or free. But if you like it, do consider paying for it. Thanks!

Regardless, enter your email address below and I'll send the report across directly!


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19 replies
  1. barry28 says:

    matt love the info provided you should be paid for your work alot of hours and work put into it, and cheaper than last year which is great much appreciated

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Thanks Barry, kind of you to say. And yes, almost half price compared to last year, so it is excellent value imo.


  2. barry28 says:

    hi matt mite be a bit of long shot but any chance of a video{guide} on how this works again and help us pick winners? thanks

  3. Adam Russell says:

    Just paid! Hopefully I’m one of the first! I think this is my 3rd or 4th year and I’ve paid each year and will continue to pay. This is fun and I love reading the detail you put into this work. From Indiana (Midwest US) Matt, you are much appreciated. Best of luck next weekend.

  4. Mrlucky says:

    Hi Matt, Just bought.
    Last year you were a bit frustrated with outcome but remember youre early pick won at 14/1 and Arrogate was probably one of your strongest picks at 11/4 and surely got most of us out with a profit.
    Good luck again.

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Thanks Mrlucky

      Yes, it wasn’t all bad last year. Just very frustrating, as you say.

      Anyway, another year, another wagering jamboree to look forward to !


  5. TREVOR COOK says:

    HI just paid you were the first site I ever joined all those years ago tried various things since but this is my first time with this so all the best,stick to beef beer and betting are a bad mix.

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Hi Trevor

      Thanks for being such a loyal subscriber!

      Breeders’ Cup is very different, but it’s great fun. Arguably the toughest punting challenge in the year, with US and European form combining, plus very tight tracks for hard luck stories, and a combination of dirt and turf. Bring it on!


  6. Paul says:

    Hi Matt,

    Many thanks again for all the hard work in pulling this together. I agree with the comments, you should be paid for this and I am happy to pay up again this year.

    Best of luck to all.


    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Thanks a lot, Paul. Very kind.

      Fingers crossed we hit a couple of decent winners next weekend.


  7. Mrg749 says:

    Thanks Matt for this. I’m in,enjoy a few beers with the 12.50. I’ll buy you a few more if I find any winners using this. Let’s hope it’s a profitable couple of days.

  8. mneat says:

    Thanks Matt, just paid in full – obviously a lot of hard work which no one should expect for free. Just dipped my toe into the plethora of data, and looking forward to getting my teeth stuck in through the week!
    All the best Matt, love the website

  9. alan west says:

    Fantastic report. So worth the money Will make the whole meeting so much more enjoyable. Huge thank you .

  10. Colin Briton says:

    Thanks Matt,

    Just bought it. As you say at less than £1 per race, and with the BC at Del Mar for the first time, if anyone wants to be serious about this meeting, then help is needed! 56 pages worth of valuable info! Thanks for the time and effort and here’s hoping you and your subscribers have a enjoyable and profitable weekend. Enjoy it…
    Can’t wait!


  11. John Greves says:

    Thanks Matt….found this invaluable in picking the most likely winners having had Battle of Middway, Significant Form and Mendelssohn with Sharp Azteca and Catholic Boy placing …..just followed the all green lines…very much appreciated (and yes I did buy the report before as the time and effort involved should be paid for)…hopefully I don’t give it all back on Saturday! Cheers John G

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