Breeders’ Cup Challenge: Darley Prix Morny Odds, Preview & Picks

  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge action takes place in France on Sunday
  • Horses aged two will be competing for a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint

We will get a first look at some of the exciting juveniles that we may be seeing at the Breeders’ Cup in Keeneland on Sunday. The Darley Prix Morny will feature two-year-old sprinters, and will be run at Deauville. A talented field will line up in the race, and all make compelling cases.

Darley Prix Morny Schedule

  • When: Sunday, August 21 2022 at 8:33 a.m ET
  • Where: Deauville, France
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Distance: 5 Furlongs
  • Purse: €350,000
  • Breeders’ Cup Race: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint
  • How To Watch: TVG

Darley Prix Morny Vegas Odds

The latest Vegas Odds are currently unavailable for the Darley Prix Morny. However, below, you can find the latest offshore prices for the big race.

Persian Force+175
The Ridler+500
The Antarctic+700
Manhattan Jungle+1200

The Darley Prix Morny was first run back in 1865, and is staged at Deauville every August. Fillies and colts are both eligible to run, with fillies getting weight allowance should they be contesting the race.

George Stern is the leading jockey in the race with ten victories, while Robert Denman is the leading trainer with eight victories. There has been an international flavor to the race in recent editions, with American trainer Wesley Ward training Campanelle to success in 2020. Some of the key trends to consider include:

  • Six of the previous 12 winners were favorites, while ten of the previous 12 winners were also within the top three of the betting
  • Eleven of the last 12 winners had won their previous race before lining up in France
  • Course form may not be essential, as only two of the previous 12 winners had lined up at Deauville before running in the race
  • Eight of the last 12 winners have had previous experience over the distance

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Darley Prix Morny Leading Contenders


  • Odds: +150
  • Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Surprisingly, it has been over 22 years since Aidan O’Brien’s last win in this race, but he holds a very strong hand this weekend. Blackbeard holds the highest RPR in this race at 123 and was a very impressive winner at Chantilly on his previous outing. He managed to outlast The Antarctic in the Group 2, eventually winning by three lengths. Blackbeard has been a regular runner throughout the season, and he has recorded three victories from five starts in stakes company.

Persian Force

  • Odds: +175
  • Trainer: Richard Hannon

O’Brien’s record in the race may see punters look to the second choice in the betting. Persian Force is the runner for Richard Hannon on Sunday, and his record on track has been excellent throughout this season. He broke his maiden on debut over this distance, before being stepped up to six furlongs since. His latest outing saw him lose at the Curragh to Little Big Bear, but the winning horse on that day looks to be one of the contenders that looks a Classic hope next term.

The Ridler

  • Odds: +500
  • Trainer: Richard Fahey

I think The Ridler is comfortably the most interesting play in the race this weekend, but it does come with slight doubts. He was stepped up into Group 2 company at Royal Ascot in June, but he impressed when traveling strongly towards the line to beat Walbank by a length and three-quarters. Backing it up is the biggest question that he has to answer this weekend, and he must do that in Group 1 company for the first time.

Darley Prix Morny Pick and Prediction

This race could easily go in any direction. Persian Force’s draw in stall one is a slight concern, while The Ridler’s win in a Group 2 was such a big shock that it might not be worth siding with him again in this company. Instead, a chance could be taken on The Antarctic, who looked back to his very best at Deauville when beating Manhattan Jungle by a length earlier this month.

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