Breeders’ Cup 2024 odds: Auguste Rodin 12/1 as Derby winner races on

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Dual Derby winner Auguste Rodin is 12/1 (from 16/1) in Coral’s Breeders’ Cup 2024 odds to win the Classic following the news that the colt will stay in training as a four-year-old.

Following his exploits at Santa Anita in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, many expected the Deep Impact colt would head off to stud, given how valuable he would be as a son of the great Japanese stallion.

However, the Coolmore triumvirate of John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, along with partner Georg Von Opel’s Westerberg operation, have given trainer Aidan O’Brien the go-ahead to think about next year with him.

Coral’s David Stevens said: “It’s exciting news for racing fans that Auguste Rodin will be staying in training next year, with a tilt at the Breeders’ Cup Classic one long-term potential target, and at this very early stage, he’s now replaced his stablemate City Of Troy as the shortest-priced Ballydoyle runner in our betting.”

The year-younger City Of Troy is 14/1 for the Del Mar contest, while this year’s winner White Abarrio is 8/1 favourite for a repeat success in the Breeders’ Cup Classic betting.

O’Brien is excited by the prospect of training Auguste Rodin for another season, saying: “It’s a big decision and we’re obviously absolutely delighted. The decision has been made to keep him in training and we’re just delighted.

“He covers a lot of bases; he’s a multiple Group One winner over 10 furlongs and a mile and a half, so he’s versatile, so it’s just going to be great to have him again.

“Obviously, the first thing is for him to have a little rest. He had a long season, then we’ll see about where he will start off.”

When asked if a Breeders’ Cup Classic bid would be his ultimate aim next season, O’Brien said: “Obviously, all the races will be open to him and we’ll just see how he gets on.”

Auguste Rodin’s season began in disappointing circumstances, finishing tailed off in the 2000 Guineas, but O’Brien worked his magic to get him back in top form for the Derby at Epsom, beating King Of Steel.

He was then more workmanlike in the Irish Derby at the Curragh before again disappointing at Ascot in the King George, only for him to bounce back once again in the Irish Champion Stakes over 10 furlongs.

Ryan Moore then earned plenty of plaudits for the ride which he gave Auguste Rodin at the Breeders’ Cup, saving every yard on the inside rail before quickening clear.

Breeders’ Cup 2024 odds

Breeders’ Cup Classic

8/1 White Abarrio

12/1 Fierceness, Auguste Rodin

14/1 City Of Troy

16/1 Derma Sotogake

20/1 Saudi Crown

25/1 Bar

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