Jun 13, 2022
Jun 13, 2022

Ascot Gold Cup preview

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Ascot Gold Cup: Runners and Riders

Ascot Gold Cup: Who will win?

Ascot Gold Cup preview
Inform your Ascot Gold Cup predictions ahead of Thursday's race with insight and analysis.

Stradivarius will get a second chance at an historic achievement when he attempts to win his fourth Ascot Gold Cup on Thursday.

The John & Thady Gosden-trained Stradivarius missed out on a fourth successive win last summer as Subjectivist won for trainer Mark Johnston and jockey Joe Fanning. 

Can Frankie Dettori work his magic to get Stradivarius alongside Yeats in the record books?

Going for four

Winner of the Ascot Gold Cup in 2018, 2019, and 2020, the mighty stayer Stradivarius just didn't bring his A-game last June, finishing only fourth after getting caught in traffic at a crucial stage of the race. While that traffic didn't help, the finishing kick we've come to expect from Stradivarius just wasn't there.

Wins at York and Doncaster followed but he then finished twice behind Trueshan – first at Longchamp and then back at Ascot on Champions Day.

This season, however, began with a fine Yorkshire Cup win last month and hopes appear high that Stradivarius can belatedly join Yeats as the only four-time winners of the race.

Trueshan a 'very unlikely runner'

According to trainer Alan King over the weekend, Gold Cup contender Trueshan is "very unlikely" to line-up in Thursday’s feature race at Royal Ascot.

The ground at Ascot was described as good to firm, good in places on Sunday and, with no sign of rain in the forecast before the conclusion of the five-day meeting, the Barbury Castle-based handler has resigned himself to the fact Trueshan won't get the soft ground he craves.

"I am hugely concerned about the ground and I can’t see any rain coming either, looking at all the forecasts," said King. "We might hang on in there, but if the forecast is right, I can't see us running."

Trueshan had been jostling for favouritism prior to King's latest update.

Kyprios a star on the rise

Yeats' trainer Aidan O'Brien will of course be eager to dent any hopes Frankie Dettori has of equalling the record of his star stayer.

The Ballydoyle supremo is set to unleash Kyprios on the race for the first time. The 4YO Galileo colt won the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan on his comeback in April and then won the Group 3 Levmoss Stakes at Leopardstown. He is, however, untested beyond 1m6f so will have to prove his stamina for this marathon test.

Stamina is no issue for another of the Irish challengers, 2021 runner-up Princess Zoe – the pride and joy of trainer Tony Mullins. The 7YO mare is all heart and rarely gives anything but her best.

Jumps trainers in the mix

Alan King is now very much dual-purpose in the training ranks but Nigel Twiston-Davies and Willie Mullins are National Hunt to the core. That may not prevent them going for glory in the jewel of the Royal Ascot crown though.

Earlofthecotswolds won the All-Weather Finals Day Marathon at Newcastle over Easter for Twiston-Davies and could be joined here by former Cheltenham Festival winner Burning Victory for Mullins. The latter was second in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket back in the autumn.

Ascot Gold Cup: Runners and riders

Alignak Jamie Osborne Saffie Osborne
Earlofthecotswolds Nigel Twiston-Davies Liam Keniry
Stradivarius John & Thady Gosden Frankie Dettori
Trueshan Alan King Hollie Doyle
Kyprios Aidan O'Brien TBC
Mojo Star Richard Hannon Rossa Ryan
Scope Ralph Beckett Rob Hornby
Tashkhan Brian Ellison Ben Robinson
Wordsworth Aidan O'Brien TBC
Bubble Smart M Delzangles TBC
Burning Victory Willie Mullins William Buick
Princess Zoe Tony Mullins TBC

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