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16:20 Ascot

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Gold Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

  • Prize money: £340260
  • 2m 3f 210y
  • Class 1
  • 12 runners
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Gold Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £9.95
  • Place: £3.25

Form: 11-1

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

The way he made light work in the end of two 1m4f novice races on AW last autumn marked him down as a very serious prospect; handicap win at Goodwood (1m6f, good to firm; smart form) last month confirmed that in spades, as class and stamina came into play late on; 2m+ looks sure to suit and, although this company is of a radically higher order than in those three races, it is hard to put a ceiling right now on what he might achieve.

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2nd

1

(1)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

2m 0f 56y

Class 1

14:25 York

Courage Mon Ami

9st 8lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

Won his first four starts, culminating spectacularly in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot (2m4f, good to firm) which was decided in a final-furlong duel with Coltrane; has to give that rival weight today, however, and needs to bounce back from muted show in the Goodwood Cup (won by Quickthorn, on good to soft) 24 days ago; a return to better ground may help.

3/1

6th

3

(5)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:35 Goodwood

Courage Mon Ami

9st 11lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

took keen hold, midfield in chasing group, not clear run 3f out, still plenty to do when in the clear 2f out, no extra and lost two places inside final furlong

2/1

1st

11

(9)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Courage Mon Ami

9st 3lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

The way he made light work in the end of two 1m4f novice races on AW last autumn marked him down as a very serious prospect; handicap win at Goodwood (1m6f, good to firm; smart form) last month confirmed that in spades, as class and stamina came into play late on; 2m+ looks sure to suit and, although this company is of a radically higher order than in those three races, it is hard to put a ceiling right now on what he might achieve.

11/2

7/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 4212-1 CD

Last run: 50 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Winning the 2m4f Ascot Stakes here (good to firm) one year ago signalled the end of his handicapping days and now he's a rising force in Group races; sole appearance in a Group 1 when fourth in the Goodwood Cup last July, but taking care of Wise Eagle and others so impressively here (good to soft) in May confirmed he should now be ready to hold his own at the top level.

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1st

3

(4)

1st May 2024

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

14:15 Ascot

Coltrane

9st 4lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

One of the top British stayers in 2022 and 2023, during which many of his top performances were registered at this track; won this race last year; the big difference between this and previous campaigns is that this time he has been to Dubai and he ran poorly, which also followed two modest efforts (one here) to end 2023; cheekpieces are enlisted.

9/4

5th

2

(8)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

13:15 Ascot

Coltrane

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

His only two runs on soft (unraced on heavy) were in 2020 and in the Doncaster Cup five weeks ago, below form in both; pipped by Trueshan in this race last year (good to soft) and in career-best form this season, showing it twice at this track and when winning at York on penultimate start; soft or heavy ground is the big worry.

7/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: /11/03 CD

Last run: 89 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Horse

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Comprehensively on top in the Dubai Gold Cup (2m) and this contest (good to firm; by 5l) in his only two races in 2021, as 4yo; tendon injury kept him off until early this year when he ran in Saudi Arabia and again in the Dubai Gold Cup, putting up a bold show long way in the latter before conceding 5l to Broome; formidable at his peak and it is possible that he needed those runs before returning to concert pitch.

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3rd

6

(11)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Subjectivist

9st 4lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Comprehensively on top in the Dubai Gold Cup (2m) and this contest (good to firm; by 5l) in his only two races in 2021, as 4yo; tendon injury kept him off until early this year when he ran in Saudi Arabia and again in the Dubai Gold Cup, putting up a bold show long way in the latter before conceding 5l to Broome; formidable at his peak and it is possible that he needed those runs before returning to concert pitch.

9/1

Form: 461-16 BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Only fifth and third in her two runs on good to firm but they seemed creditable at the time; 3l fifth to Eldar Eldarov in the St Leger sums up her standing last term but markedly improved form when 5l Listed winner (1m6f, heavy) on return and that makes her a leading contender on form today; trainer is adamant that run of the race explains her flop on good ground five weeks ago; 2m win in the mud last October was in lesser company but provides a tantalising glimpse of what she might achieve with major stamina test.

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2nd

11

(6)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:35 Goodwood

Emily Dickinson

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

in rear, still plenty to do 3f out

11/2

1st

7

(3)

22nd Jul 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 6f 0y

16:20 Curragh

Emily Dickinson

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Group 3 winner here (2m soft to heavy) at the end of last term and impressive when making a winning return in a Listed race at Navan (1m6f, heavy) in April; bounced back from a lesser run when fourth in the Ascot Gold Cup and looks like a big player with conditions in her favour.

13/8

Form: 61-552

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Best efforts on good or firmer; ran at Royal Ascot as 2yo, 3yo, 4yo and 6yo, underperforming in the 2m5f Queen Alexandra on last two occasions and he has a major question to answer beyond 2m; hit career-best form elsewhere last term and reproduced it on the two occasions he's had his ground this season, but he's up against it at this level.

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6

(6)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

2m 0f 56y

Class 1

14:25 York

Nate The Great

9st 5lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Andrew Balding

Best efforts on good or firmer; reproduced his best this season on the three occasions he's had his ground, including latest start when about 9l fifth to Courage Mon Ami and Coltrane in the Gold Cup; that also shows he has a bit to find on form, though, and he came last in this race last year.

33/1

5th

5

(4)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Nate The Great

9st 4lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Andrew Balding

Best efforts on good or firmer; ran at Royal Ascot as 2yo, 3yo, 4yo and 6yo, underperforming in the 2m5f Queen Alexandra on last two occasions and he has a major question to answer beyond 2m; hit career-best form elsewhere last term and reproduced it on the two occasions he's had his ground this season, but he's up against it at this level.

66/1

2nd

2

(1)

25th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 50y

Class 1

19:12 Sandown

Nate The Great

9st 4lb

J: William Buick

T: Andrew Balding

led, headed and raced in second after 2f

5/2

11/1

Form: 2231-4 BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Best on good or firmer; 2021 victories included Breeders' Cup Turf but there were mixed messages (he looked less than straightforward) in his abbreviated 2022 campaign; had clearly the best form going into Newbury Group 3 last month when he came only fourth, admittedly after 317 days off; usually stays on well and his dam won at up to 2m, but it's hard to be confident that this test (7f further than he's gone before) will see him back in the best light.

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1st

6

(4)

7th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 50y

Class 1

15:05 Sandown

Yibir

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

Best on good or firmer; 2021 victories included the Breeders' Cup Turf but there were mixed messages (he looked less than straightforward) in his abbreviated 2022 campaign; 317 days off before below form in his two starts this term but the latest was the 2m4f Gold Cup at Royal Ascot (7f further than he'd gone before) and he showed enough, passing some fading rivals, to suggest he is still very much the one to beat over 2m at this much lower level.

1/2

6th

10

(6)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Yibir

9st 4lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

Best on good or firmer; 2021 victories included Breeders' Cup Turf but there were mixed messages (he looked less than straightforward) in his abbreviated 2022 campaign; had clearly the best form going into Newbury Group 3 last month when he came only fourth, admittedly after 317 days off; usually stays on well and his dam won at up to 2m, but it's hard to be confident that this test (7f further than he's gone before) will see him back in the best light.

11/1

4th

6

(5)

20th May 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Newbury

Yibir

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

2021 victories included the Breeders' Cup Turf; while he looked less than straightforward in 2022, two of his placed efforts (Meydan and Belmont Park) last spring were among his best form and he ended that campaign with a Group 2 win over 1m4f at Newmarket in July; not one to trust implicitly but he again brings clearly the best form.

5/4

4/1

Form: 1417-2 C

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Acts on good to firm and good to soft; wins in the 2022 Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot and St Leger at Doncaster, plus his close second in the Yorkshire Cup at York (clear best horse at the weights) five weeks ago, were all at about 1m6f and could not have suggested much more strongly that he will relish going over further; it didn't happen over 2m here last October but he's readily forgiven that end-of-season effort; serious form and potential.

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1st

2

(2)

10th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

16:35 Curragh

Eldar Eldarov

9st 11lb

J: David Egan

T: Roger Varian

travelled strongly, prominent, went second after 1f, going best when shaken up to lead 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, ran on well, easily

11/4

4th

4

(8)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:35 Goodwood

Eldar Eldarov

9st 11lb

J: David Egan

T: Roger Varian

midfield in chasing group, some headway 3f out

8/1

11/1

Form: 1/212-

Last run: 270 days

W: 9st 1lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Very smart hurdler, never better than when running away with a 2m3f Grade 1 for her own sex at the Punchestown Festival in April on latest outing (on good to yielding; unraced on firmer); her only Flat runs for current yard were in handicaps last term, including a 2m1f win at the Galway Festival (soft) before she was pipped in the 2m Irish Cesarewitch; tendency to race freely is a nagging concern but she's not fully exposed in this sphere and could be open to further improvement, which is greatly needed.

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2

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

in rear

25/1

4th

5

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

raced in third, outpaced when dropped to rear home turn, soon no impression

20/1

3rd

4

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

held up in rear, disputing third when not fluent 4th

9/1

40/1

Form: 357-52

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

More to prove if the ground is firmer than good; caught close home in the 2021 Irish Derby; has had a troubled time since but, blinkered for new yard this season, his most positive performance over those nearly two years came on latest start when second in Group 3 at Chester (1m5f, soft) and he shaped as if he would stay further; much better will be required to win this but that Irish Derby form gives a little hope.

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6th

4

(2)

3rd Nov 2023

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:25 Newmarket

Lone Eagle

9st 6lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

Went close in the 2021 Irish Derby; not so good since and soundly beaten in this race last year on his sole run on heavy going; second to Hamish at Chester (1m5f, soft) in May is clearly the best of his five runs for new yard this season; his next two runs were admittedly Group 1s but Chester Listed race last time gives him lots to find.

10/1

3rd

1

(6)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 6f 87y

Class 1

15:20 Chester

Lone Eagle

9st 7lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

Went close in the 2021 Irish Derby for previous yard; not so good since but second of six in the 1m5f Group 3 Ormonde here (soft) in May was clearly his best result this term; tried 2m4f in the Gold Cup at Ascot next time and 2m in the Goodwood Cup on latest; good form chance.

3/1

OUR TIP
10th
2 (14)
Broome

14/1

Form: 68-513 C BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 4lb

7 yo Horse

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Acts on any going; spent most of the last two years over 1m4f, last season's highlight when winning the Group 2 Hardwicke at Royal Ascot; arriving late on the scene to grab the 2m Dubai Gold Cup this March opened up new horizons as a stayer and is among the best recent form in this line-up, which however he failed to back up in the 1m6f Yorkshire Cup; not totally dismissed.

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6th

1

(2)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

13:15 Ascot

Broome

9st 9lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: A P O’Brien

Good middle-distance performer for most of his career (won at Royal Ascot 2022) but took the Dubai Gold Cup over 2m in March; close third in the 1m6f Yorkshire Cup at York in May; not so good since and although he kept on stoutly when a respectable third at Doncaster (2m2f, soft) last time, he was comfortably seen off by Trueshan and Sweet William; work to do.

40/1

3rd

2

(1)

15th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 1f 197y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Broome

9st 7lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Good middle-distance performer for most of his career but won the Dubai Gold Cup over 2m in March; close third in the 1m6f Yorkshire Cup at York in May but well beaten in the Gold Cup at Ascot and the Goodwood Cup the next twice, and was about 8l behind Coltrane at York last time; others preferred.

10/1

5th

3

(4)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

2m 0f 56y

Class 1

14:25 York

Broome

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Good middle-distance performer for most of his career but won the Dubai Gold Cup over 2m in March; close third to Giavellotto in the 1m6f Yorkshire Cup here in May but well beaten since in the Gold Cup at Ascot and the Goodwood Cup, so others are preferred.

8/1

50/1

Form: 16-413 BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Probably versatile regarding the ground; last six races were at about 1m7f, winning two Group 3s at Longchamp; the latter win came when he made all in April and he was a respectable third in a Group 2 one month later; with the slower tempo of French races, it could be argued that his stamina might not have come fully into play yet; some improvement is needed, though.

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11th

1

(13)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Big Call

9st 4lb

J: Stephane Pasquier

T: C Ferland

Probably versatile regarding the ground; last six races were at about 1m7f, winning two Group 3s at Longchamp; the latter win came when he made all in April and he was a respectable third in a Group 2 one month later; with the slower tempo of French races, it could be argued that his stamina might not have come fully into play yet; some improvement is needed, though.

50/1

40/1

Form: 141-12

Last run: 50 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Acts on good to firm and good to soft; very productive and progressive for Adam Nicol in the last two and a half years and won last term on the two times he's gone up to 2m2f; this season he won a good 1m6f handicap at Musselburgh before his second of six to Coltrane here (2m) on first attempt at a Group race; while the latter was his best form, he received 5lb from the winner and was beaten 5l, which adds up to a tough task today.

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8th

2

(7)

5th May 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket

Wise Eagle

9st 11lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Adam Nicol

took keen hold, held up in rear, switched to centre after 4f

16/1

12th

9

(5)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Wise Eagle

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Adam Nicol

Acts on good to firm and good to soft; very productive and progressive for Adam Nicol in the last two and a half years and won last term on the two times he's gone up to 2m2f; this season he won a good 1m6f handicap at Musselburgh before his second of six to Coltrane here (2m) on first attempt at a Group race; while the latter was his best form, he received 5lb from the winner and was beaten 5l, which adds up to a tough task today.

40/1

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Payout
Exacta £444.00
Straight Forecast £276.40
Tricast £1070.90
Trifecta £3211.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Eldar Eldarov

TOPSPEED:

Coltrane

The Guardian:

Subjectivist

POSTDATA:

Broome

RP RATINGS:

Eldar Eldarov

NEWMARKET:

Eldar Eldarov

The Times:

Eldar Eldarov

Daily Mirror:

Eldar Eldarov

The Sun:

Eldar Eldarov

Daily Record:

Eldar Eldarov

Telegraph:

Coltrane

Daily Mail:

Coltrane

The Star:

Coltrane

D Express:

Subjectivist