June 16 / 16.20 Ascot

16.20 Ascot

Good To Firm

Gold Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

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

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP

13/8 (Won)

  • Win: £2.63
  • Place: £1.15

Form: 6111-1 C

Last run: 71 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Ended 2021 with wins in the Goodwood Cup, 2m4f Prix du Cadran and British Champions Long Distance Cup, the last named (here) for a second time; clearcut reappearance winner in a Listed race ten weeks ago; has won on good going outside Group races, but best form on softer and withdrawn several times due to fast ground, including from this race last year; sets the standard on 2021 form but he has to get his ground before putting that to the test.
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1st

1

(10)

25th Jun 2022

Standard To Slow

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

15:30 Newcastle (AW)

Trueshan

10st 8lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Alan King

tracked leaders, nudged along over 5f out, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and chased leader over 1f out, made strong challenge inside final furlong, led narrowly inside final 110yds, soon edged left, kept on well

5/1

1st

3

(3)

18th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

2m 5f 143y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Trueshan

10st 0lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Alan King

dwelt start, towards rear of midfield, pushed along 4f out, ridden and steady headway from over 2f out, switched right under 2f out, soon ran on well, led towards finish

12/1

1st

5

(5)

16th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Trueshan

9st 4lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Alan King

midfield, pushed along 4f out, raced wide but headway home turn, led narrowly 2f out, soon edged right and ridden, joined over 1f out, led clearly final 110yds, stayed on

13/8

16/1

  • Place: £2.50

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Three disappointing visits to Britain, including last year in the Lingfield Derby Trial and when upset in the stalls (withdrawn) as second favourite for the Queen's Vase at this meeting; not seen again until this season but he's been back with a bang, asserting in fine style in Listed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

6

(7)

16th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Kyprios

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

towards rear, pushed along 3f out, raced wide home turn, good headway from over 2f out, ridden and edged right but disputed lead over 1f out, no extra final 110yds

16/1

1st

2

(4)

13th May 2022

Good

1m 6f 0y

19:30 Leopardstown

Kyprios

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

1st

6

(6)

23rd Apr 2022

Good

1m 6f 0y

16:46 Navan

Kyprios

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

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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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

1st

1

(1)

13th May 2022

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 1

15:35 York

Stradivarius

9st 6lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

Long-time star stayer whose excellent CV includes a record of 5-5 at York, namely wins in this race twice (2018/2019) and the Lonsdale Cup three times; trophy cabinet also includes two Doncaster Cups, three Ascot Gold Cups and four Goodwood Cups; the one to beat, provided he still retains plenty of ability now aged eight.

8/11

3rd

8

(10)

16th Oct 2021

Good To Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

12:25 Ascot

Stradivarius

9st 7lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

The swashbuckling hero of three Gold Cups here and of so many other top-level staying races; however, he has contested the last four runnings of this prize and won in only 2018, and he's been well short of his best form this season, notwithstanding three wins; put in his place when second to Trueshan at Longchamp two weeks ago and whether less testing ground today can see him recapture past glories remains to be seen.

7/2

20/1

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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4th

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

20/1

33/1

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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5th

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

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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6th

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

7/1

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: 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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7th

8

(3)

16th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Tashkhan

9st 3lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

prominent, ridden and weakened from over 2f out

50/1

3rd

3

(4)

13th May 2022

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 1

15:35 York

Tashkhan

9st 3lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

11/2

5th

5

(3)

27th Apr 2022

Good To Firm

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

15:35 Ascot

Tashkhan

9st 0lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

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

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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3rd

4

(9)

18th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

2m 5f 143y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Earlofthecotswolds

9st 10lb

J: Liam Keniry

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

took keen hold, prominent, going best when went second over 2f out, led from under 2f out, soon ridden, headed over 1f out, keeping on when hit on nose by rival's whip final 110yds, soon no extra then lost second

14/1

9th

2

(10)

16th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Earlofthecotswolds

9st 4lb

J: Liam Keniry

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

soon led, ridden and headed under 3f out, weakened quickly from 2f out

50/1

1st

1

(12)

15th Apr 2022

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

16:15 Newcastle (AW)

Earlofthecotswolds

9st 5lb

J: Liam Keniry

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

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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