Pegasus World Cup Tips and Preview (Gulfstream Park, 25 January 2020)

Pegasus World Cup Tips

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Pegasus World Cup Tips and Betting Offers, 10:36, 25th January 2020

The Pegasus World Cup was introduced in 2017 to fill a gap in the American racing calendar. It did much more than that thanks to a huge prize fund over the first couple of editions. Although the prize money has reduced significantly there is still $3 million up for grabs in this 1 mile 1 furlong contest which has attracted a very competitive field at Gulfstream Park.

Will the Favourite Get Beaten?

Omaha Beach is the clear favourite with the bookies head of the 2020 Pegasus World Cup. Like many recent competitors, the four-year-old is making the final appearance of his career before he is retired to stud.

Richard Mandella’s charge has proven his class time and time again but there are a few questions about his ability to get it done at the very top level. He was the favourite for the Breeder’s Cup Dirt Mile in November but was unable to live up that billing, finishing the best part of 3 lengths behind Spun To Run.

It was a poor start that let him down at Santa Anita and although he returned to the track to win the Malibu Stakes just after Christmas, he does look a little short at a general price of 5/4.

Higher Power’s Finishing Ability Can Make the Difference

Higher Power is another horse who just didn’t get it right at the Breeders’ Cup meeting. He got off to a slow start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic which meant that even a very good finish was only enough for him to land third place.

That result has seen his price pushed out by the bookies to a very tempting 6/1 with BetVictor. Higher Power has claimed the best success in his career thanks to his incredible finishing speed. The five-year-old hasn’t lost any of that pace and his jockey, Flavien Prat, only needs to get him into a strong position, wind him up and then let him go.

Diamond Oops to Use His Gulfstream Expertise

A proven ability to run well on dirt tracks, specifically at Gulfstream Park, has proven to be an important indicator for success in the short history of the Pegasus World Cup. That will delight and excite connections of Diamond Oops who has an excellent record at the Florida track.

In total, Diamond Oops has won five of his seven starts at Gulfstream and although he’s not exactly being backed off the boards to improve on that record, he does offer each way appeal at 20/1 with Ladbrokes.

Betting Predictions

Diamond Oops represents a solid each way bet for the Pegasus World Cup providing he can cope with the step up in trip. When it comes to an outright bet for the race though, take Higher Power to beat the favourite at 6/1 with BetVictor. His style should suit the race and the fast track will allow him to fully utilise his excellent finishing speed.