Ascot Gold Cup Preview
The Ascot Gold Cup (Thursday 4.20) is the highlight of Ladies day at Royal Ascot, and this year will commemorate the Queen’s 90th Birthday. It was fist established in 1807, and is a Group-1 race run over 20-furlongs.
Proven on soft ground, but has yet to win beyond 14-furlongs, though has been a close second at Ascot twice over 2-miles, and could stay the trip.
Also not won beyond 14-furlongs, and best form on good-to-firm.
Plenty f excellent soft-ground form, including when winning a Group-2 here, but stamina is an unknown.
Stamina assured after he narrowly failed to concede Clondaw Warrior 7lb in last year’s Ascot Stakes, but may not be good enough after finishing only fourth in last year’s Doncaster Cup behind Pallasator.
Only rated 84, and worthy outsider.
Excellent second in last year’s Melbourne Cup, but doubts about trip and ground.
Mille Et Mille
Best form when winning the 19-furlong Prix Du Cadran with Fun Mac back in third. Should handle conditions, but may need to improve.
Won on soft, and over 2-miles at Ascot, but was a big disappointment in last year’s race.
Last year’s Doncaster Cup winner could improve again for extra 2-furlongs, and battle hardened enough to give anyone a race.
Sixth in last year’s Gold Cup, but was carried wide into the straight there and could get closr this year.
Trip and ground both unknowns.
Should relish the conditions, but has looked a shade below this class on all form so far.
Won a handicap here off 87, but last behind Pallasator on last run.
Order Of St George
Represents Aidan O’Brien, and is well-clear on ratings. However, he has to prove his stamina having never run beyond 14-furlongs before.
14-furlong soft-ground handicap winner, but needs to find plenty to figure here.
French raider who has plenty to prove, but is an unknown over a trip which could suit.
German raider who has won a Group-3 over 2-miles, and is another who could relish this trip.
Ran his best race when second to Mille Et Mille in the Prix Du Cadran, and should stay without probably being good enough.
Ascot Gold Cup Summary
Order Of St George has plenty going for him being a 4-year-old trained by Aidan O’Brien, and it’s easy to see why he’s so short after his stunning Irish St Leger win last season. However, he’s unproven on the ground and over the trip. If you want to take him on, then Pallasator could be an interesting alternative as he could relish this 20-furlong trip.