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16:20 Ascot

Good To Firm

Gold Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

  • Prize money: £283550
  • 2m 3f 210y
  • Class 1
  • 10 runners
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Gold Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

13/8 (Won)

  • Win: £2.63
  • Place: £1.15

Form: /14-11

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Three disappointing visits to Britain, including last year in the Lingfield Derby Trial and when upset in the stalls (withdrawn) as second favourite for the Queen's Vase at this meeting; not seen again until this season but he's been back with a bang, asserting in fine style in Listed race at Navan and thoroughly dominating when 1-10 in Group 3 at Leopardstown (both 1m6f on good; unraced on firmer); there is hugely more strength in depth to this field but he's brother to the Chester Cup winner Falcon Eight and has to be taken seriously for a trainer who knows all about training Ascot Gold Cup winners.

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2nd

3

(6)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

13:15 Ascot

Kyprios

9st 9lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Last season's top stayer with a 6-6 record, including the Gold Cup here and best form when 20l winner (hanging badly when clear) on very soft over 2m4f in the Prix du Cadran; odds on but ring-rusty in the 1m6f Irish St Leger six weeks ago on return from injury, keeping on into second of four which connections reportedly assess as a satisfactory stepping stone to this race; the one to beat on peak form but needs a major step forward from that latest run.

5/4

2nd

3

(5)

10th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

16:35 Curragh

Kyprios

9st 11lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

held up in rear but in touch with leaders, nudged along 4f out, chased clear leader over 1f out, kept on, no match for winner

11/10

1st

4

(6)

11th Sep 2022

Good To Yielding

1m 6f 0y

16:10 Curragh

Kyprios

9st 11lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

pushed along and prominent early, headway and went second over 3f out, pushed along to lead over 2f out, soon ridden and 2 lengths ahead, ridden out final 110yds, reduced lead towards finish

4/7

13/8 (Won)

  • Win: £2.63
  • Place: £1.15

Form: 25120-

Last run: 256 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Unraced on firmer than good; sole win came in a maiden last August but he ran terrific races last term when runner-up on good to soft in the Derby and St Leger; always very prominent in the latter over 14.5f and there is plenty of the stayer about him; very scopey sort who may well be open to further progress this year, so he's a major player if he stays.

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4th

7

(3)

22nd Apr 2023

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Mojo Star

9st 2lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Richard Hannon

Has won just a maiden but runner-up in the Derby and St Leger in 2021 and went close in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on his only outing last season; two of his peak efforts were on good to soft, with a fair show in the 2021 Arc on heavy but withdrawn this month because of soft ground; the one to beat on 2022 form and could have a big shout despite this step back down in trip.

7/2

3

(5)

12th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:55 Nottingham

Mojo Star

9st 3lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Richard Hannon

Only won a maiden but has high-profile placed form, finishing runner-up in both the Derby and St Leger as a 3yo and on his only sighting last season pushing the mighty Kyprios close in the Ascot Gold Cup; might well give Trueshan a race in receipt of 7lb, provided he's ready to rock after 300 days away; seems fine on all ground.

6/4

1st

7

(6)

16th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Mojo Star

9st 3lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Richard Hannon

prominent, pushed along to lead under 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra when carried right over 1f out

13/8

16/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 552-53

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Made stellar progress last term, which ended with his second of ten to Trueshan in the British Champions Long Distance Cup over 2m here (good to soft) where he finished a length and a half behind the winner, rallying strongly past Stradivarius; respectable shows this term in races won by Princess Zoe here and Stradivarius at York; would probably be a lot more interesting on softer than good but he is a very strong candidate for this longer trip.

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3rd

1

(15)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Tashkhan

10st 2lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

Kept mostly to Listed/Group races for two years but he broke his long losing run in handicap at Chester (2m2f, soft) two weeks ago, wearing down Emiyn; 4lb penalty in this much more competitive race demands another step back up the ladder but the return to winning way still rates a positive, especially as it showed he can still grind out a good performance in the mud.

20/1

1st

1

(6)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

14:05 Chester

Tashkhan

9st 12lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

soon prominent, went second over 7f out, ridden over 3f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well

5/1

14th

5

(7)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Tashkhan

9st 9lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

No win since July 2021; while still a smart stayer, as shown by his front-running third in C&D Group 3 (good to soft) two starts back, the combination of firmer ground and trip this short make this look a tough task.

25/1

5/2

  • Place: £1.25

Form: 1123-1 CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 4lb

8 yo Horse

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Enduring star of the staying division, including with wins in this race in 2018, 2019 and 2020; 12 months ago he was 5-6 to join Yeats as the only horse to win the Gold Cup four times, but trouble in running (it's a danger with him) left him no chance with the winner and he came only fourth (Princess Zoe second); won three of his five starts since, on good to firm on first two occasions, and returns to the Gold Cup capable of another mighty shout.

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5

(6)

19th Aug 2022

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 1

14:25 York

Stradivarius

9st 5lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: John & Thady Gosden

Effervescent and seemingly ever-present at or near the top of the staying division; that includes wins in this race in 2018, 2019 and 2021 and he's also won three Yorkshire Cups, which makes him unbeaten in his six races at York; while not quite the force of old these days, he still gave Gold Cup winner Kyprios a big fright in the Goodwood Cup last month, just ahead of Trueshan, and looks set to throw down another powerful late challenge.

11/8

2nd

6

(7)

26th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Stradivarius

9st 11lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: John & Thady Gosden

midfield, headway from over 4f out, prominent when short of room under 4f out, pushed along and not clear run under 3f out, ridden 2f out, headway over 1f out, soon every chance, pressed leader final 110yds, just denied

11/4

3rd

3

(2)

16th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Stradivarius

9st 4lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

walked to post, prominent early, midfield after 2f, towards rear when pushed along 3f out, not clear run and switched left from over 2f out, hard ridden and good headway on outer from over 1f out, went third inside final furlong, no extra towards finish

5/2

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33/1

Form: 113-26 BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Unraced on firmer than good; surged through the ranks with a hat-trick over 1m6f-1m7.5f last season; even better form next time in the Group 1 Cadran at Longchamp when upped to 2m4f, where she raced in second for a long way, well clear of the rest, then was nearly swamped by the pack before rallying into third behind Trueshan and Stradivarius; two respectable shows this term and this step back up in trip is likely to suit.

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5th

9

(8)

16th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Bubble Smart

9st 1lb

J: Gerald Mosse

T: M Delzangles

took keen hold, held up in last, not clear run on inner from over 3f out, in the clear and good headway from over 2f out, went third and ridden over 1f out, lost third inside final furlong, no extra towards finish

33/1

Form: 6/112-

Last run: 250 days

W: 9st 1lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Fortunate winner of the Triumph Hurdle in 2020; progressive in Flat handicaps last year, winning twice before her excellent second in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket (2m2f, good; unraced on firmer) when it looked as if this longer trip could suit her well; needs a further chunk of improvement and has not set the world alight over hurdles this year (in cheekpieces first two starts, tongue tied latest) but she can continue as a rising force on last year's Flat evidence.

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7th

10

(4)

16th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Burning Victory

9st 1lb

J: William Buick

T: W P Mullins

prominent early, lost position but in touch with leaders after 2f, prominent when ridden 2f out, soon carried right and no extra

50/1

4th

1

30th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 30y

15:50 Punchestown

Burning Victory

11st 5lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Fortunate winner of the Triumph two years ago; progressive on the Flat last year, finishing runner-up in the Cesarewitch before reverting to hurdles this winter; hit the frame in the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle before a career best Grade 3 win here in February and had an excuse (lost a shoe) at Cheltenham since; career best required here though; yard's first-string.

5/1

9th

1

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Burning Victory

11st 5lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Fortunate winner of 2020 Triumph Hurdle; in good form on the Flat last year, including excellent second to Buzz in the Cesarewitch; bounced back from a disappointing hurdle return at Navan when third at Leopardstown over Christmas and built on that when seeing off Queens Brook from the front in 2m4f Grade 3 Quevega at Punchestown (soft to heavy) last month; first-time cheekpieces worn on that occasion are retained; should give a good account.

8/1

50/1

Form: -52264

Last run: 82 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Horse

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Withdrawn the last two times he was due to race on officially good to firm, when trained by Sir Michael Stoute; used to be ridden much more prominently but he was coming from well off the pace under Saffie Osborne at Meydan early this year, including in the Dubai Gold Cup last time when widest into the straight but running on well to be an excellent fourth of 13; that was his second attempt at 2m and opens the possibility that he has more to offer as a stayer, which is needed but he's no rank outsider on Dubai evidence.

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8th

1

(1)

16th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Alignak

9st 4lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Jamie Osborne

slowly away, towards rear, midfield 3f out, found little when ridden 2f out

50/1

3rd

1

(3)

11th Dec 2021

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

14:20 Newcastle (AW)

Alignak

9st 3lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Jamie Osborne

Listed winner on turf and 2-2 on AW when with Sir Michael Stoute; however, he hasn't been at his best in three outings this year, including on recent yard debut back on AW at Kempton (1m4f); bit to prove now stepping up in trip.

9/1

6th

3

(8)

1st Dec 2021

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 1

17:30 Kempton (AW)

Alignak

9st 6lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Jamie Osborne

Listed winner on turf and 2-2 on AW when with Sir Michael Stoute; seen only twice this term and ran poorly on latest occasion (sold 82,000gns since) but market support should be heeded on debut for new stable; likely player on best form.

8/1

Form: 23111

Last run: 62 days

W: 9st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Useful jumper (top two RPRs were at Ascot) who has done very well switched to the Flat this year, front-running most recently for AW wins at Kempton (1m4f and 2m) and Newcastle (2m); unraced on turf under Flat rules; while this trip can suit, this is a whopping step up in class.

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9th

2

(7)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

14:05 Chester

Earlofthecotswolds

9st 6lb

J: Liam Keniry

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Multiple winner over jumps and on AW; respectable sixth of eight in 2m Goodwood handicap (good) 25 days ago but it underlines he needs more from his mark.

20/1

6th

1

(2)

5th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:20 Goodwood

Earlofthecotswolds

10st 2lb

J: Liam Keniry

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Multiple winner over jumps and on AW; failed to show his form in last two appearances (Flat/hurdle); close second off 2lb higher in this race last year and has a fighting chance if back in the same form.

14/1

2

9th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 2

14:50 Market Rasen

Earlofthecotswolds

11st 12lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Hasn't been seen over hurdles since Boxing Day 2021 but has since developed into a smart Flat performer, gaining a fourth success (all on AW) at Wolverhampton in March (RPR 105); fascinating contender.

6/1

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Non-runners

Trueshan

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £126.00
Straight Forecast £136.10
Tricast £245.10
Trifecta £425.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Stradivarius

Telegraph:

Kyprios

SPOTLIGHT:

Princess Zoe

RP Ratings:

Trueshan

The Times:

Tashkhan

The Guardian:

Kyprios

Daily Mail:

Kyprios

The Star:

Kyprios

Daily Record:

Princess Zoe

TOPSPEED:

Trueshan

NEWMARKET:

Stradivarius

Daily Express:

Stradivarius

Daily Mirror:

Stradivarius

The Sun:

Stradivarius