16:20 Royal Ascot
Thursday 21 June 2018
Gold Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
Class 1 | 2m 3f 210y | Good to Firm (Watered) | 9 Runners | Turf
Off time: 16:20 | Winning time: 4m 21.08s
Useful dual purpose performer, won a Group 2 at York in 2015 and has run two huge races in the Melbourne Cup, most recently in 2017's renewal. Struggles up at this elite level though and hard to see how he can improve enough to trouble these rivals.
Very rarely runs below par and has won three Group 1 races in his time including 2016's renewal of this. Unlucky not to win last year's renewal and he's returned with two typically dominant performances in lower grades this season. Hard to beat.
Not won since 2013 and has suffered an interupted career in recent seasons. Very little promise in his return here last month and no obvious signs he's capable of mixing it at this level.
Three-time Group 2 winner and latest of those came at this course in 2016. Has won some fine races in defeat in that time including two placed efforts in the Dubai Gold Cup and while he was well beaten last time, he's not without each-way claims.
Gained a second Group 3 success here last time when a convincing winner of the Segaro Stakes. Beat Order Of St George in a Group 3 at Navan last year but that rival went on to reverse the form and he looks vulnerable from a win perspective.
Three-time Dubai Gold Cup winner and has won three Group 1 races in France in his time. Arrives here on a roll after another Group 2 win last time out and shouldn't be underestimated on his UK debut.
Won the Group 2 Doncaster Cup last season and the way he won that day gives him hope he will stay this trip. Has struggled behind a couple of these in two starts this year and likely he will need to improve for the greater stamina test here.
Won a Listed race at Nottingham but has generally struggled up at this level and finished fourth behind Order Of St George here on Champions Day last year. This is tougher and he was well beaten at Sandown last time. Others preferred.
2017 Goodwood Cup winner who ran with credit in the St Leger, perhaps committing for home too soon. Third behind Order Of St George on Champions' Day but will improve this year and his performance in the Yorkshire Cup on return suggested as much.
Stradivarius (7/4), Order Of St George (7/4), Vazirabad (9/2), Desert Skyline (11/1), Torcedor (14/1), Max Dynamite (20/1), Sheikhzayedroad (33/1), Mount Moriah (33/1), Scotland (50/1)
- Order Of St George