Pre-planning your racing wagers for the weekend? Well look no further than the inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup that sees a $12 million purse up for grabs over 9 furlongs in the sunshine of Florida, but who should you be backing at Bet365? We take a closer look.
Pegasus World Cup
• Gulfstream Park
• January 28th 2017
• 9 Furlongs
• Arrogate – 6/5
• California Chrome – 5/4
Creating a new tradition is quite tricky. Usually these things take repeated observation over a number of years just to get a finger-tip grip on the sporting world’s consciousness, however if you pick your moment and throw enough money into the pot you can attract the sort of field that ensure an instant classic and that’s precisely how the Pegasus World Cup has come into being giving those who like to bet on sports in the US some fabulous racing wagers this weekend at Bet365 and the like.
The original concept issued forth from Frank Stronach, Canada’s 19th wealthiest individual, who insisted a 10 furlong race in late January would slip nicely into the calendar and not step on the toes of the Breeders Cup or the Dubai World Cup, nor get in the way of retirements to stud in mid-February. The format sees 12 shareholders pay $1 million each to have an unspecified horse in the race, actually just 9 furlongs now, and since the field was announced the racing wagers have come thick and fast.
The Pegasus World Cup Joins The Racing Calendar
Pegasus World Cup Odds
• Noble Bird – 20/1
• Keen Ice – 25/1
• Neolithic – 25/1
• Stanford – 25/1
• Shaman Ghost – 33/1
• Breaking Lucky – 33/1
The ability of shareholders to split, sell, lease or contract out their place at the starting gate meant that for a while it was quite the mystery as to which horses would be lining up for the off on Saturday at Gulfstream Park the course at Hallandale Beach, Florida, but now that’s all been settled we can all sit back and take advantage of US gambling laws laxity to check out the odds on the runners and riders over at Bet365, where the bookies have their on the nose favorite nailed down already.
Arrogate is getting evens, perhaps 6/5 if you’re lucky, to win the Pegasus World Cup at Bet365, with the nearest rival being California Chrome at 5/4, and if you’re one of those people who can’t resist placing racing wagers to win, you better choose one of those, because beyond that it very rapidly gets into each-way territory with the next horse down the line given just a 20/1 shot to win the race. Noble Bird might only get 20/1 to come out a winner, but each-way that’s 4/1 on a place finish and that’s not bad.
Bet365 Offers The Best Racing Wagers This Weekend
Of course Bet365 is offering 25/1 on Keen Ice, Stanford and Neolithic which are tempting, and Shaman Ghost or Breaking Lucky on 33/1 are perhaps as adventurous as you’d want to get unless your racing wagers are usually barking mad. If they ARE barking mad there’s always Eragon on 66/1, Madefromlucky and Sea Raven at 100/1, War Story at 125/1 and both Prayer For Relief and Semper Fortis are at 150/1 with the real outsider War Envoy at 200/1 and unlikely to attract many punters.
If you’re in the US gambling news of the result is, because of those tiresomely short odds on Arrogate, somewhat of a foregone conclusion and think it not worthy of one of your racing wagers this weekend don’t be too hasty, there’s a chance of rain on Friday in Florida and a softer going would make for a tighter race, something California Chrome is certain to capitalize on, however, a far more certain bet to make as they charge away from the gate on Saturday is that the Pegasus World Cup is here to stay.