Gold Cup Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 4.20 at Ascot, 20th June 2019
The feature contest on day three at Royal Ascot is the top staying event of the British season. Read on for the best odds, offers and betting tips for the historic Gold Cup.
First run at Ascot in 1807, this 2m4f, Group 1 contest for runners aged four and older now offers prize money of £400,000 and is one of only three perpetual trophies to be awarded at the Royal meeting.
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Ascot Gold Cup Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
Ascot Gold Cup Ante Post Tips and Betting Offers, 4:20 at Royal Ascot, 20 June 2019
The Ascot Gold Cup is the oldest race of Royal Ascot. It is also the most prestigious long distance race of the season and forms part of the Stayers’ Million. Run over 2 miles 4 furlongs, the Ascot Gold Cup has once again attracted a field full of quality with each of the 11 horses set to bring something to the race.
No Stopping Stradivarius
Frankie Dettori has been partnered with several racehorses from the absolute top drawer during his long and distinguished career. There aren’t many that he’ll remember quite as fondly as Stradivarius though. Dettori has been with John Gosden’s five-year-old for many of his biggest successes including last year’s Ascot Gold Cup.
As is often the case with these high quality long distance races, Stradivarius had to battle hard to hold off a serious challenge in the closing stages of the 2018 Gold Cup. The nature of his performance was even more impressive when it was revealed after the race that he’d lost his right hind shoe and he was lame in that leg.
Thankfully he suffered no ill effects from that and went on to win every race in which he competed during the rest of the season. He faced another stiff challenge on his first performance as a five-year-old at the Yorkshire Cup but held off Southern France to reassert his dominance. It will take another big huge effort to win but that’s par for the course for this world class stayer who still looks value at a best price of 11/10 with bet365.
Flag Of Honour Can Hold On For Second
Flag Of Honour is dream of a horse for Aidan O’Brien. The four-year-old may not be quite of the class of some of his stablemates but he is a versatile performer who has more than proven his worth with some very big performances. The biggest of those came when winning the Irish St Leger and it looks as though the main aim for this year is to mount a serious defence.
In the meantime, Flag Of Honour has been used as something of a pace horse for another Ballydoyle horse, Magical. He has performed that role very well, keeping on well for second place in his last three starts and he may find himself repeating the trick at Royal Ascot.
Getting the better of a stayer of Stradivarius’ quality is surely beyond Flag Of Honour at this stage but he has the heart and the class to stay on gamely once and maybe grab another second place.
Stradivarius is many people’s idea of a good thing for Royal Ascot. He is simply the best stayer around and should he fail to win the Gold Cup once again at 11/0 with bet365 it would have to go down as a surprise. Flag Of Honour is just one of those who will make life as tough as possible for the favourite and he looks the one to support each way at 12/1 with RaceBets.
Gold Cup Previous Winners
- 2018 – Stradivarius – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer John Gosden
- 2017 – Big Orange – jockey James Doyles, trainer Michael Bell
- 2016 – Order Of St George – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2015 – Trip To Paris – jockey Graham Lee, trainer Ed Dunlop
- 2014 – Leading Light – jockey Joseph O’Brien, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2013 – Estimate – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
- 2012 – Colour Vision – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Saeed bin Suroor
- 2011 – Fame and Glory – jockey Jamie Spencer , trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2010 – Rite Of Passage – jockey Pat Smullen, trainer Dermot Weld
- 2009 – Yeats – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2008 – Yeats – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2007 – Yeats – jockey Michael Kinane, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2006 – Yeats – jockey Kieren Fallon, trainer Aidan O’Brien
Gold Cup History
There aren’t many races in the British racing calendar which boast over 200 years of history but we have one here. Ascot’s Gold Cup has been the jewel in the crown for flat racing’s stoutest stayers since it first took place at the Berkshire venue way back in 1807.
Whereas the race is now only open to those runners aged four and older, the conditions for the inaugural running permitted three year olds to take part. It was a three year old who duly won the first Gold Cup, and whilst the name of the trainer, owner and jockey seem to have been lost to the annals of time, we do know that the horse went by the name of Master Jackey.
1824 winner Bizarre showed there was nothing strange about his triumph by following up in 1825. In so doing he became the first to take the prize on more than one occasion. A number of others have won back to back renewals over the years including Fisherman, Touchstone, Le Moss and Ardross.
The 1847 winner is unique in the history of this race in that he had no name at the time he crossed the line! A winner here deserves a name at least, and in honour of the watching Nicholas I of Russia, the horse was handed the title of “The Emperor”. Proving his victory to be no, fluke The Emperor put up another regal performance to win again in 1848.
1977 winner Sagaro earned his place in the history books in becoming the first horse to win this marathon event three years in succession. In the capable hands of Lester Piggott for each of his victories, the French trained colt now has one of the key Gold Cup trials named in his honour. The Sagaro Stakes has been run at Ascot since 1978, with a number of its winners going on to land this contest. To win this war of attrition three years in a row was a magnificent achievement and it would take a pretty remarkable racehorse to better it.
In 2006 that horse arrived. Sired by the superstar stallion Sadler’s Wells, Yeats spent much of his first three seasons competing and winning smartly at around 1m2f-1m4f. Once stepped up to staying trips he progressed from being smart to becoming undoubtedly one of the greatest stayers of all time. Between 2006 and 2009 no other runner could get near him in the season’s biggest staying contest as the Aidan O’Brien star won four Gold Cup’s in a row. O’Brien had not won the Gold Cup prior to Yeats’ first win in 2006 but by 2016 was well out in front as the most successful trainer in the history of the race with seven wins.
Whilst Sagaro was the most prolific horse Lester Piggott rode to victory here, he was far from being The Long Fellow’s only winner. In addition to his treble on Sagaro, Piggott recorded a double in the race aboard Ardross as well as six other individual winners. All of which combined gives Royal Ascot’s greatest jockey an unsurpassed 11 wins in this staying showpiece, a record we don’t see being challeneged any time soon!